standard-title Tungsten vs. Titanium

Tungsten vs. Titanium

Wedding bandsTungsten vs Titanium Rings With the emergence of tungsten and titanium as alternative precious metals used in jewelry making today, questions may arise regarding the properties of these metals and how they compare against one another. Here we’ll break down some of the features of tungsten rings vs titanium rings and titanium rings vs tungsten. 1. Hardness All of our tungsten rings are actually made of tungsten carbide, a very hard compound of tungsten and carbon that rates 8.5-9.0 on the Mohs scale (diamond rates 10). Our titanium rings are 99% pure titanium, and pure titanium rates 6.0 on the Mohs scale. In contrast, gold and silver hovers around 2.5-3 on the Mohs scale, and platinum is 4-4.5. 2. Ductility Titanium is definitely more ductile than tungsten. For example, if you were to hit a titanium ring it would probably bend. Under the same circumstances with a tungsten ring, it is likely that the tungsten would crack or break. 3. Hypoallergenic Because our titanium wedding rings are 99% pure titanium, they are ideal as hypoallergenic jewelry, since they contain very little to no trace amounts of other metals or compounds. Our tungsten rings contain a nickel binder and should be avoided by people who are allergic to nickel. 4. Weight Tungsten offers a very nice weighty feel in your hand, similar to platinum. Mens titanium rings, on the other hand, are very light. You may not even notice that you are wearing titanium jewelry, because it is so light. 5. Coloring Tungsten and titanium are very similar in coloring — that is, a smoky gun-metal gray color. A high polish finish makes the metal appear lighter in color while a brushed or matte finish displays a darker color. Both tungsten and titanium are also available in black — for a black tungsten ring or a black titanium ring. 6. Pricing Mens tungsten rings are generally more expensive than titanium rings for men, because it is a harder metal and more difficult to work with. 7. Engraving and resizing Both titanium and tungsten rings can be engraved. Titanium rings can only be sized slightly — a half size up or a quarter size down — and tungsten rings cannot be resized. We do offer a lifetime guarantee and lifetime ring sizing on all of our tungsten rings to cover any damage or ring sizing needs. We hope these seven points clear up any mysteries regarding tungsten vs titanium jewelry. One more thing– occasionally customer contact us to ask about the difference between our products and items known as tongsten rings, tungston rings, tungsten carbite, and so on. The answer is simple– these are merely common misspellings of “tungsten”and “tungsten carbide”. If you’ve come to our site in search of one of those other terms, rest assured you are in the right place.