By: Barb H
Tungsten jewellery offers a unique beauty when you’re looking for something that’s durable and yet still elegantly sophisticated. Tungsten wedding rings have become a popular trend, especially for men. However, tungsten isn’t only for wedding bands. This element can be fashioned into gorgeous bracelets, pendants, earrings, and cufflinks. But what is tungsten?
Definition of the Month: Tungsten
Tungsten is an element, number 74 on the periodic table and also known as Wolfram. Tungsten, is a metal with high density and the second highest melting point of all elements. When fashioned into jewellery, tungsten feels similar to gold in regards to weight.
What is Tungsten Carbide?
Tungsten carbide, according to TungstenWorld, “is an alloy, which means it contains at least two different metals or at least a metal and a non-metal element.” Many tungsten rings are tungsten carbide. Like pure tungsten, tungsten carbide also is durable and stiffer than steel.
Tungsten for Every Day
The durability of tungsten make it an ideal material for rings, such as wedding bands, that are worn daily. Tungsten typically keeps its original luster for the life of the ring or other piece of jewellery. Often people ask if tungsten can be scratched — of course, but generally not by any average daily activity. It takes something extremely hard, like a diamond, to scratch tungsten.
Tungsten Inlays? Yes!
Work with jewellery craftsman to learn how to design a tungsten ring with a sterling silver or white gold inlay for a sophisticated look. Tungsten inlays allow for creative design and a truly unique piece of jewellery. A tungsten ring also can be engraved and set with a stone.
Register for one of The Den’s amazing workshops where you can learn more about tungsten and other metal-working — turning metals into beautiful and wearable art.