About Tungsten Carbide Jewelry

What is Tungsten?  Tungsten is an alternative (yet becoming extremely popular) and super strong metal that is used in many jewelry pieces you may see today. It has a resistance to scratching, wear and tear! Tungsten rings and jewelry will look like new for a lifetime. Tungsten jewelry is almost impossible to dent or get damaged! Its density, similar to that of gold, allows tungsten to be used in jewelry as an alternative to gold or platinum. You may want to choose this metal in your next piece of jewelry, especially if you work a lot outside, or work in a job where most of your jewelry gets scratched. Make sure your tungsten ring contains carbide, because that’s what makes it scratch proof.

Who discovered it?  The name “tungsten” (from the Nordic tung sten, meaning “heavy stone“) is used in English, French, and many other languages as the name of the element. In 1781, Carl Scheele discovered that a new acid, tungstic acid, could could be made from scheelite (at the time named tungsten). Scheele and Torbern Bergman suggested that it might be possible to obtain a new metal by reducing this acid, thus making Tungsten that we have today.

What is the difference between Tungsten and Titanium?  In comparison, Tungsten is much stronger than Titanium. Titanium looks great brand new, and normally less expensive than Tungsten. Titanium is a very strong metal but not as tough as tungsten carbide. When tungsten is combined with carbon, it is changed into tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide is also a lot heavier than Titanium.

What if my ring gets stuck on my finger, in an emergency can I cut it off?  The myth with a tungsten carbide ring, is you cannot remove it since it’s impossible to cut, therefore having to get your finger amputated at the hospital to remove the ring. This is false!! What if your finger gets swollen from a bee sting or your ring gets caught on something? You can remove the ring. If you’ve tried soaking your finger in ice water, using petroleum jelly, or lotion without any luck, the ring can be removed by cracking it into pieces with standard pair of vice-grip pliers. Regular ring cutters won’t work.  To remove a tungsten carbide ring in an emergency situation, try these steps: Clamp vice-grip pliers loosely on the ring, tighten them very slowly, until you hear a cracking noise. Remove the vice grip and put it in another place on the ring. Do each step over and over, until the ring breaks apart.

Because of Tungsten Carbide’s strength, jewelry made with it cannot be re-sized or changed in the same way as pieces that are made from gold, platinum or silver. Be sure and have your jeweler get your ring size, especially if you are purchasing a piece online.

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