Tungsten Carbide Rings

From Pros & Cons to Facts & Myths:

Facts, Myths, Pros and Cons of Tungsten Carbide Rings:

If you've been reading tungsten ring reviews online, you may think it's some kind of mythical substance from another world. The truth is less theatrical but still thrilling.

So, what is tungsten carbide? The experts at Larson Jewelers are here to clear up the myths, lay out the facts and clue you into the pros and cons of tungsten rings.


Let's start with some facts:

  • Tungsten metal is rated at about a nine on the Mohs scale of hardness. A diamond, which is the hardest substance on earth and the only thing that can scratch tungsten, is rated at a 10.
  • Tungsten carbide is two to three times harder than titanium and cobalt chrome.
  • The word tungsten comes from a Swedish term meaning "heavy stone."
  • Tungsten's chemical symbol "W" comes from its earlier name, wolfram, which comes from the mineral wolframite, in which tungsten was discovered. Wolframite means "the devourer of tin" because the mineral interferes with the smelting of tin.
  • Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals at an astounding 6,191.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Tungsten wedding bands and other tungsten rings are composed of 85% tungsten and 15% nickel, which is optimal for scratch resistance and durability. A higher percentage makes the metal too brittle, and a lower percentage makes it too soft for jewelry applications.
  • Tungsten wedding bands for men, pros and cons aside, are the top selling metal for men's wedding rings in America today.