Tungsten is a steel coloured grey metal. Appreciated for its robustness, tungsten has a similar density to gold and is currently very popular in men’s wedding rings. Men tend to favour tungsten wedding rings because, while fashionable, they offer a non-scratch, no-tarnish ring with a long-lasting shine.
Out of all elements, tungsten has the highest melting point. Raw tungsten can be quite brittle, meaning it can crack and be a little tricky to work with – but where there’s a will, there’s a way! In its pure form tungsten maintains its hardness but becomes malleable enough to craft more easily. It still retains its strength, but it becomes soft enough to be cut with a steel hacksaw.
Its durability means it cannot be resized, but it will keep its shape, so make sure your ring fits comfortably before making the purchase.
Tungsten rings can also be set with wood, other metals or gemstones. These types of settings are the height of modern style and sophistication. With its hardness, non-tarnish properties and lustrous shine, tungsten is a popular choice for a ring that will carry special meaning and last a life time.
Like all metals, Tungsten always needs to be kept clean; simply use a soft cloth for polishing. Its hardness can cause damage to your other jewellery so keep it separate in a soft pouch or jewellery box.