Help us pick a ring for him

Vaughn was dead set on getting a Tungsten wedding ring for our ceremony because he told me they "look cool" and are "indestructible" but one of our friends recently dropped his Tungsten ring in his garage and it shattered. From what I've read, Tungsten breaking isn't uncommon. What really turned me off is that when our friend tried to contact the manufacturer, they pointed out that their warrantee says they're not responsible for the sentimental value of their jewelry. I understand that it's just a ring, but it's also a symbol of our marriage so I'd prefer we didn't get a ring that may break. Any ideas on what other material is in a similar price range?

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 6:04 am
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aggiebride
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Hello, and Welcome to PW! The thing about Tungsten is it isn't "unbreakable"... the marketing for that is very poor. it is a very hard, very BRITTLE material: think ceramic. A very hard ceramic. the value in that is if you do not tend to use your hands for heavy duty work, or take your ring off for those types of jobs (Working on vehicles or around other heavy machinery) it is fairly sturdy. 


That being said, if you're looking for something that will not ever break, I would go with Stainless Steel, or Titanium. While these are both capable of breaking, they are sturdy and don't have an inherent ceramic feel to them. 


I hope that helps a bit!

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 6:21 am
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if you get your ring from a jeweler, you should just be sure to choose a protection plan that covers things like that. origionally, FI wanted either tungsten or titanium, but both metals are SOO hard that if he were to jam or break his finger with the ring on, they would have to hammer the ring, to shatter it, to get it off. which means, they would have to hammer and possibly shatter his finger as well. so the $100 price tag didnt sound as appealing any more. we went with white gold, which can be cut off, but still looks just as nice and it was only $299. the protection plan we got covers absolutly anything that happens to it for a life time. scratches, if it breaks, and cleanings. if hes going to wear the ring for the next 80 years, i thought the $380 we spent was totally worth it. heres his ring:
http://www.zales.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2501086&kpc=1

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 6:26 am
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I really don't like it when retailers try and sell the idea that tungsten is unbreakable. It is incredibly "hard," but at the same time brittle. Think of a thin sheet of glass: hard to scratch, but very easy to shatter. Tungsten rings, since they are so slim, thin, and bent into a circular shape, can shatter with the right amount of force.


I would say weigh out the pros and cons of each metal. From my own experience, tungsten is the best because it is virtually scratch proof. You just have to be cautious with it, like your engagement ring. (diamonds can shatter too!) I have found this site to be very helpful, not just in getting my husband's wedding band, but also for the sheer amount of information they have disposable for customers to educate themselves:


http://www.tungstenworld.com/resources/

http://www.tungstenworld.com/

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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DH got a titanium ring. It's super lightweight and durable.  However, it will scratch.  That didn't dissuade us, though.  We got one that had a brushed finish and it's still looking great. :)

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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