Tungsten wedding bands have become a popular choice today for many engaged couples because of their durability and affordable price. If you and your partner are planning to wear tungsten wedding bands as a symbol of your love for each other, there are several factors you should consider before making the decision to buy the rings.
The first thing to consider is to decide on whether to purchase matching or individually styled tungsten wedding bands. Traditionally, couples have chosen matching bands, in which both the man’s and woman’s rings are the same color and design. However, many couples today are choosing to buy rings that are suited to each of their individual personalities, tastes and styles. Larson Jewelers recognizes both trends. We offer one of the largest selections of high quality tungsten wedding bands on-line, including many matching styles.
Wedding Ring Material
The type of material is the second factor that couples should consider. Wedding rings made from tungsten carbide are the hardest available in jewelry, which means they are extremely resistant to scratches and hold their shape even after decades of wear. Traditional gold or platinum wedding bands are prone to scratching and require frequent re-polishing, leading to eventual replacement. Tungsten carbide rings also have a permanently polished appearance, which means they do not need to be re-polished after a short period of wear, like wedding rings of traditional metals.
Pricing Tungsten Wedding Bands
The price of tungsten wedding bands are the last and most important factor to be considered by couples. Tungsten rings are more affordable when compared to rings made from more expensive metals, yet weaker metals, such as gold and platinum. The price of every tungsten ring depends on the design and the quality of its craftsmanship. A tungsten ring with a basic design will have a lower price compared to a ring that has an elaborate and intricate design due to the higher amount of labor that goes into the rings with more intricate designs.
The cost of tungsten wedding bands also increases with the addition of precious metal inlays and/or stone settings. While it is easy to spot a Tungsten Tube that has a more intricate design, precious metal inlay or stone settings, high quality craftsmanship is not that easy to for many couples to see. Larson Jewelers takes the risk and guess work out of selecting a high quality tungsten ring for couples by making sure all of our rings are made to be symmetrical and comfortable to wear. Other retailers frequently carry lower quality rings that are not symmetrical, too thick and bulky. They frequently claim their rings are 2.3 mm thick or less, but often times their rings are about 2.5 mm thick, even for a woman’s 4 mm ring. Our 4 mm rings for women are as thin as 1.5 mm, which is extremely comfortable to wear.