Wedding rings are made from all sorts of metals. Every metal has different qualities and are used for different reasons. Read on to find out which wedding rings don’t scratch and which do.
Traditional wedding ring metals
Traditionally used in jewelry are gold and silver which are precious metals and therefore cost a lot to purchase. Aside from price, the other drawback to these traditional metals is they are reasonably soft. This means they are prone to scuffs and scratches. It is becoming more and more common for men to choose alternative metals for their wedding. Not just because they are more affordable, but also extremely durable and scratch resistant. There is an obvious metal that meets this criteria and really stands out as a perfect choice for a men’s wedding ring, Tungsten carbide.
Modern wedding ring metals
Tungsten is an extremely dense and hard metal. It has the same density (weight) as gold, and is also one the ‘hardest’ of all metals meaning it’s very difficult to scratch. Whilst not impossible to put a scuff in it, it really is very difficult and does a superb job of keeping the brushed matte finish that it comes with over years of wear.
So are there any drawbacks to such a ‘hard’ wedding ring that doesn’t scratch? Tungsten carbide is more brittle than softer alternatives. You can imagine that something that is ‘soft’ has the potential to bend. Tungsten being incredibly ‘hard’ means the only way for it to change shape is to shatter. Don’t let this put you off though, because the amount of force required to do this is considerable – for example hitting the ring with a hammer. Whilst this may sound like a drawback, it’s actually a positive that the ring can be broken if necessary in an emergency situation.
The scratch resistance of our tungsten ring is one of the many reasons it’s a customer favorite over our titanium ring. You can check out our reviews here. To learn more and see some photos, head over to our Tungsten Ring product page.