Things You Need To Know Before Choosing Tungsten Jewelry

By Tim Kiv

Made from a combination of tungsten and carbide, tungsten jewelry has become known all over the world for its appearance and durability. It's harder than any other metal commonly used for making jewelry. While the compound has been used for industrial purposes for years, only in recent years has it become popular for items such as wedding bands and other decorative pieces.

Because the material is so strong it is able to stand up to almost anything. This makes it a popular choice for items such as wedding bands, which get a lot of use throughout the day. This is especially true for those people working in very hands-on jobs such as construction, where they generally have to remove their ring to prevent damaging them.

When choosing a piece, it's important to find out what kind of material was used for the finish and binding. There are generally two options. First, and most common is a nickel finish. This is by far the best option for your jewelry. The nickel gives it a beautiful finish that will not only last forever, it also won't have any sort of reaction with the skin.

The other type of finish that is sometimes used is cobalt. The cobalt tends to react with the oil on the skin's surface which can change the color of the item from a beautiful silver too a grey or black. Once the damage has been done there is nothing that can be done to reverse it. While most tungsten jewelry does not use this finish it is always a good idea to double check, especially when looking at cheaper items

While many people are now choosing this option for their wedding rings, it can also be used for many other items. Tungsten is now being used in all sorts of jewelry and has become very popular all over the world. Because of its lifespan it makes a great heirloom that can go from one generation to the next while still retaining its original beauty.

It should be noted that while this is reputed to be one of the hardest metals to find, the quality and percentage in each piece will have a huge effect on its durability. If the percentage of tungsten is too high in a certain piece, that can make is brittle and prone to breaking apart. On the opposite side of things, if the percentage is too low, it can be less resistant to scratches and denting. The ideal amount would be around 85 percent.

Another factor to take into consideration when purchasing a ring is that, due to the hardness of the metal, it cannot be re-sized. Therefor it is important to know exactly what you need and not make any mistakes when you are ordering. As well you will need to understand that they cannot be engraved or marked in any way.

The best way to purchase your tungsten jewelry is through an online dealer. It is available all over the web at considerably lower costs than when purchased at a store. But be sure to so your research before making your choice and find out if the quality you are looking for is the quality you receive.

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