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Mens Bands In Tungsten Carbide And Titanium

Friday, August 27, 2010

Both titanium and tungsten are considered "model metals" in the jewelry industry because they were not available to the consumer market as commodities until ten years ago. They have gained tremendous popularity since the introduction and become an integral part of the jewelry material spectrum. Due to the rather little exposure, many questions arise concerning titanium and tungsten when it comes to choosing jewelry. The followings are some points of consideration if you are seriously thinking about buying a titanium or tungsten titanium rings. 1. Hardness: Titanium and tungsten are both known for the superior hardness over traditional metals such as gold, silver and platinum. One thing worth noting is that it is not the metals themselves in a pure form that possess the hardness, it is their alloys that do. Roughly speaking, the hardest form of tungsten carbide is harder than titanium alloys, and only under extreme circumstances, such as abrasion from diamonds, can it be damaged.

2. Ductility: Titanium is more ductile than tungsten in the common alloys used in jewelry. In other words, when a tungsten titanium ring is under high pressure, such as hit by a car door, a titanium ring would be bend out-of-round whereas a tungsten carbide ring would fracture into several pieces. Hence, in terms of safety, a tungsten carbide ring is "safer" to wear. 3. Hypoallergenic: This is the very same concern as buying silver jewelry to some people: Will I be allergic to the jewelry? In general, titanium jewelry is virtually safe to wear for everybody. Yet, some tungsten carbide jewelry contains the element cobalt that some people are allergic to. Interesting, another form of tungsten alloy using nickel as a binder metal is hypoallergenic, even to people who are allergic to nickel. 4. Weight: Titanium is lighter than tungsten, or more precisely, has a lower density.

They delight the eye and flatter the complexion. Titanium's natural silver color inspires many people to associate it with energy and health. Tungsten's brightness recalls timeless qualities like youth, spirituality, and distinction. In their pure forms, Titanium and Tungsten show only a narrow range of colors, but people learned to mix these metals - especially tungsten - with other metals to create exciting new colors. Black tungsten is an excellent example of a extremely popular new color of tungsten. Luster - One of the first things we admire about both metals is the breathtaking way they reflect light. These shine more brightly than other metals. Both when polished reflect more than 65% of visible light back to the eye. The intense luster and color combine to complement the wearer, making it ideal for jewelry. Heft - The third component of a precious metal's allure is its significant weight compared to its size. The heft of a tungsten titanium band gives jewelry a sturdy and stable feel. Heaviness in a jewelry item gives the wearer a sense of its luxury and importance.

Titanium is a color combination of silver, grey, and white. It is considered the hardest natural metal in the world, being much stronger than materials like gold, silver, and platinum. One of the added benefits of titanium is that it is extremely light weight. Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal. It also is 100% hypoallergenic and corrosion free. Titanium has become a popular metal for men's wedding rings. Titanium rings are now sold at just about every jewelry store. Tungsten is also a grayish, white color and very strong and durable. The difference between tungsten ad titanium is that tungsten is quite heavy in weight. It is scratch resistant quality makes it another popular metal for men's wedding rings. These three metals are not only used for men's wedding rings, bracelets, and necklaces. There are plenty more men's jewelry options with the durable and masculine characteristics of titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel.