As people become more aware and fashion-forward, new designs and metals are coming into existence for jewellery making. Primarily the evolution is a solution to our constant search for affordable and durable jewellery that also looks beautiful. Gold and platinum are extremely expensive metals which are not always within the means of every buyer. As a result, new metals are coming into play. One such material is tungsten. Slowly it is catching up in the jewellery market and becoming a popular choice for a variety of fashionable jewellery and even wedding and engagement rings. Let us learn all about this trend that is catching up rapidly in various international jewellery markets and for good reasons.
Pros and cons of tungsten
Let us first consider the pros and cons of tungsten before we delve further into the topic. Tungsten rings are made from tungsten carbide which is hard-wearing, affordable and requires zero maintenance. The material is not reactive to your skin either and hence not harmful.
The main advantage of the tungsten ring is its durability, affordability and beauty. You can wear it daily and it would not bend, gets dented or scratch. Even without any maintenance the metal does not lose its beauty and lustre over the years. It is hard enough to set diamonds and other precious gems. So, you can get your dream women’s sapphire wedding rings made with tungsten. It also looks very unique and comes in various shades like grey, white and black. Last but not the least, tungsten is very affordable and comes at a fraction of the price of gold or platinum.
There are a few drawbacks too. If you drop the ring too hard or smash it on anything, tungsten may crack. In fact, the harder the metal the more likely it is to crack. Soft metals like gold would get dented and deformed in such a situation. But tungsten rings are permanently damaged if they crack as the metal cannot be welded or repaired in any way. Another drawback is that it cannot be resized like gold and platinum since the material cracks easily. Lastly, it is a rather heavy metal and some may feel it is weighing their hands down.
Diamond and gem setting on tungsten
A tungsten band looks classy and beautiful on its own but if you want to add some bling, you can always go for setting diamonds or any gemstone on the ring. The process of setting the stone is the same as gold and platinum, and it would look equally good. Many reputed jewellers have a variety of tungsten ring designs which feature stones as well. You can also get a bespoke design from a jeweller at a much more affordable price compared to bespoke gold and platinum rings. Engraved rings are also popular in tungsten provided it is made right at the beginning and not after the ring is already cast into shape.
Lab grown diamond rings are considered significantly more affordable than organic diamonds. It becomes further affordable when the metal is tungsten. Not only that, your wedding and engagement ring would stand out and make a statement. If fashion, trend and beauty are your priority, this metal should be considered for your rings for the big day.