Tungsten carbide is one of the strongest composites used for jewellery, and is one of our most popular material choices for our rings. It is approximately 10 times harder than gold, and is often referred to as the metal with the “permanent shine”.
Wearers of tungsten carbide rings adore them for the comfortable, weighty feel on their fingertips. Tungsten by nature is very dense, which gives it it’s weight and strength. Those who prefer lighter rings often opt for titanium or stainless steel rings.
Tungsten carbide is considered safe to wear since it is extremely unlikely to cause allergic reactions when worn. Very small amounts of nickel are used as a binder which are well within safe limits. As an alternative, cobalt may be used as a binder by other jewellers and may cause allergies, and are therefore never used in our rings.
Tungsten is rated as a 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, with diamond being a 10 and the only element that can scratch tungsten. In other words, it is incredibly difficult to scratch tungsten carbide rings!
Corrosion and rust resistance
Tungsten carbide rings are highly resistant to tarnishing and corrosion, and retains their lustre and shine for a very long time.
Compared to traditional silver and gold rings, tungsten carbide rings are much more affordable and are favoured by people on a budget but are also looking for a ring that will stand the test of time and also look great on their fingers.
Ease of maintenance
Tungsten carbide is very easy to look after – much easier than caring for a gold or silver ring which will lose its lustre in just a few months and requires repolishing.
Flexibility and Style
Other materials such as titanium, steels, wood and even precious metals can be combined to create a plethora of different styles for every ring enthusiast. In addition, different colours can be applied to rings using a process called ion plating if required. Below are just a few examples of the different design styles for tungsten carbide that we offer.