Tungsten, the steel-gray, hard metal is the metal of choice today for engagement and wedding rings. This extremely hard metal (next only to diamond in hardness) is fast replacing the traditional gold as the most preferred metal, out of which an amazing variety of wedding bands are made by skilled jewellers. These jewellers engage the services of skilled artisans who chisel brilliant designs that are mesmerizing.
The ever increasing interest in this versatile metal that is evolving as the universal choice of millions is not really very surprising. Tungsten wedding rings are fast replacing other traditional ones made of gold or silver, though diamond still plays a very important part. Tungsten is one of the hardest materials, with a level of hardness that far exceeds that of other metals. When one compares the hardness of this versatile metal with other metals like common mild steel, the difference is quite startling. While mild steel has a hardness of just 160 HV, tungsten is 10 times harder at 1600 HV. Tungsten is wrapped with atoms of carbon and tungsten, and in reality is an inorganic compound, making it an ideal choice for making jewellery, especially meant for wedding or engagement rings. Tracing the history of tungsten can be an interesting exercise. The very name tungsten can be traced to a Swedish-Danish ancestry, and tung sten roughly translate to ‘heavy stone’ or ‘hard stone’. However, today, it is known as Wolfram in Swedish. It was Peter Woulfe who first discovered way back in 1779 that such a substance existed. Later, in 1781, Carl Wilhelm Scheele found out that tungstenite yielded a new type of acid which could be further processed to obtain a strong metal. Tungsten was not used to make jewellery soon after it was discovered. Initially, it was found to be best suited as the filament in the incandescent bulb as it was tough and more resilient than any other metal. A combination of tungsten carbide was used in making cutting tools that were used in precision engineering tasks such as milling, cutting and planning of hardened steel. Today, of course, there is an amazing variety of wedding and engagement rings made from tungsten that is very popular among eager young brides and grooms. Just as gold, platinum and silver are elements; tungsten is one too, with the # 74. This element occurs naturally and has entrenched itself firmly in the jewellery sector as a perfect replacement (not completely) for gold and platinum. During the Second World War, tungsten, because of its hardness and other factors, played a very important role that influenced political dealings and decisions. As Portugal had enormous deposits of wolframite ore, it was constantly under pressure and attack from all sides. It evolved as the hub for sourcing tungsten, which was resistant to very high temperatures and was used extensively in making weapons. However, today tungsten plays a very important role commercially, especially in the fashion jewellery industry. Before tungsten can be made into an alloy, it is steel-grey in colour in its pure form. This extremely hard element can be cut using a hacksaw in its purest form, as it is quite brittle. It can also be extruded, drawn or forged in convenient lengths, ideal for making jewellery items. Tungsten attains a very high tensile strength only at extremely high temperatures that exceed 3000 degrees F. It has excellent corrosion resistance properties, making it an ideal choice for engagement and wedding rings. Just as any marriage is expected to last a lifetime (at least in most cases) tungsten rings and wedding bands can be relied on to last a lifetime without being defaced or scratched, as these rings are quite strong and scratch resistant. To get an idea of the strength of tungsten, we can compare its strength with other materials. It is as good as 100 times stronger than plastic, six times stronger than aluminium, and at least four times stronger than hard steel. It also has the distinction of having the highest melting point among all elements at6,700 degrees F, or 3,400 degrees C. The boiling point of tungsten is also extremely high at 10,300 degrees F, or 5,700 degrees C. It is so hard that it can pierce the earth’s atmosphere if dropped from outer space, and reach earth in one piece. It can melt only if dropped bang on the surface of the Sun, or a furnace that exceeds its melting point temperature. The hypoallergenic nature of tungsten, which is believed to cause no allergies whatsoever, is what makes it best suited to make jewellery. Add to that the unique property of extreme hardness that makes tungsten the preferred choice of many young couple, who prefer to wear their wedding or engagement rings made from tungsten. It has few practical benefits as well. Especially for people engaged in professions, where rings may subject to wear and tear. Skilled mechanics, people handling machinery etc. prefer to wear tungsten rings as they can be sure the rings won’t get damaged easily. In addition to being scratch-proof, tungsten rings do not lose lustre, unlike other metals that need constant polishing. A ring or any other piece of jewellery made out of tungsten will probably never need to be polished, and will remain as good as new forever. Once the ring is polished to a sparkling mirror finished, when it is made, it retains the lustre for life. Unlike rings made of gold or silver, tungsten rings cannot be resized as it is quite impossible to work on the material again. That is another quality of tungsten that gives it an aura of permanence that the folks of today hope and wish will extend to their marriages as well. The sheer variety of tungsten wedding bands and engagement rings, among other pieces of jewellery, is quite mind-boggling. Every piece of tungsten jewellery has a tale to recite, and shows the skill of the artisan who made it and the jeweller who designed it. The cuts and the finish are what matters in an exquisite tungsten wedding band. One might want to check out the fuzzy tungsten ring polished and glistening to a high level. Absolutely scratch-proof and extremely strong, this tough tungsten wedding ring has a series of slits running right through the outer edge, with the inner core having a series of blue strips of carbon fibre, giving the ring an exclusive and vibrant look. If Fuzz is not fuzzy enough, maybe the Hummer range of tungsten rings should appeal better to some. Especially for those who feel that a ring is not complete without a tint of gold in it. This macho men’s ring has an all-black background with a thin band of golden yellow carbon fibre running right around the middle. Whether you are the type that shakes hands with a dainty woman, or get into a rough and tuff scuffle at the drop of a hat – the Hummer ring remains in your finger, quite unscathed, just the way you would want to come out of any scrap. Elegance and strength combined together to present a unique look for the dashing young male is what Hummer offers. Red need not always denote danger or even the mischievous devil that is in most of us, waiting to spring on the unsuspecting. Mad Devil tungsten rings are for the unabashedly hot and macho males who like to give out strong signals that can create the desired effects. The devilish design has a shiny white outer edge with minute slots running right around at regular intervals. The black ceramic core background in the middle is inter-spaced with stunning red Kevlar, forming tiny geometric designs that are bound to provoke the animal in you at the slightest edge. Brushed and polished to a fine finish the ring is a perfect companion that can attract the best in the crowd at first glance. If you are intent on stealing a willing heart, the Burglar range of tungsten rings from Mad is what you are looking for. This black plated tungsten ring with turquoise green strips running through the centre is bound to steal the heart of most damsels. Ladies can’t help but look at the elegant pattern on a ring so dazzling, that you cannot rule out the possibility of someone sidling up to you to enquire about the ring. It could also be an opening ploy that can promise unexpected developments as the evening progresses. This customarily crafted ring spells class and the superior quality is evident in the exquisite cut and fine finish. Just what the urbane male in you is looking for to win over the ever elusive lady you have been pursuing for quite some time now. Chances are that nine out of ten would care to give a second look at this heart-stealing piece, only if they happen to catch a glimpse of it in the first place. Don’t you have to despair if green refuses to have the desired effect on the lady of your dreams. Another shade of red should help you accomplish the task with ease. The Redline range of tungsten rings from Mad has that stunning gloss and finish that contribute a lot to your wardrobe. This chunky piece of ring reflects your macho image perfectly. The helical cuts running right around the edge forming a mesmerising pattern adds to the stunning effect created by the bright red bands running right through the core of the ring. The tiny angled groove at regular intervals in the inlaid red carbon fibre adds to its elegant finish.
For folks who don’t like two-tones and three-tones, the all-black Over-boost tungsten rings from Mad can give you the right amount of boost you have been longing for all along. With a hint of electric blue interspersed in the elegantly thin band running right through the middle, this quintessentially crafted ring, rings the right tones as soon as you enter a room full of chattering people, who falls silent the moment they catch a glimpse of this exclusive ring. Make your own style statement and win over the lady of your dreams with the all-male black ring that makes you stand out in a crowd of contenders. The perfect ring for the perfect occasion will almost appear to be made-to-order, thanks to the fine craftsmanship. Not that there is any dearth of made to order rings. Step in any time and have assistants fuss over you to get the exact measurements that will go into crafting the ring, which is sure to make a perfect fit on your finger. Custom Mad rings are for those, who cannot settle down for anything ready-made, and want the best to be crafted just right to suit their exclusive tastes. All you need to do is to browse around to get a bit of inspiration, tick the appropriate boxes and select what appeals best from a choice of base rings. Leave the extra improvements and additions to the expert craftsmen, who know exactly what you are looking for. A brief wait and you have what you thought was almost impossible to achieve, and the contentment of having a companion to cherish for a lifetime. In short, the amazingly wide range Mad has in store to suit a wide range of tastes and likes is simply astounding. With more people graduating to tungsten as it has evolved as the most preferred material for wedding and engagement rings, in addition to a range of macho men’s and dainty women’s rings and bands, tungsten rings are firmly entrenched in the world of fashion jewellery like never before. With trendy designs and superb finishes, filling unending pages of catalogues, you will ever wonder how it is possible to create such myriad patterns and designs. Whether it is black, shiny, classy works of art, or burnished white with gold inlaid patterns or a range of stunning blues, greens and reds, the absolutely brilliant range of rings will never fail to amaze the discerning customer.