Why Do Tungsten Rings Break?
Tungsten Rings are now the metal of choice for grooms all across America. One of the main reasons men choose tungsten carbide rings is because they are touted as the toughest metal in the world clearance tungsten rings. They resist scratching much better than any other metal out in the marketplace. Many people take this to mean the rings are indestructible. When a ring is dropped on a hard surface, it can break or crack. Many people are shocked by this and ask “Why did my tungsten ring break?”
Tungsten rings are made from the most scratch resistant metal on the planet. That is a fact. Tungsten rings are made from the hardest metal known to man. That is also a fact. Tungsten Rings can withstand any kind of shock or pressure. That is simply not true. Reputable jewelers who sell tungsten wedding bands will never tell you tungsten rings can’t break or are indestructible. This is because the harder a material is, the more brittle it becomes. Take diamonds for example, they are the hardest material on Earth, even harder than tungsten carbide. Nothing can scratch a diamond except another diamond. Many people think this means diamonds are indestructible, but that simply isn’t true. Diamonds cannot be scratched, but they can be destroyed. If you take a hammer to a diamond, it will easily chip or crack.
We all know that gold is a soft metal. It will bend if struck with force, not break. It can scratch easily and we can even bend it with our bare hands. We may even call this Gold’s weakness, but is it really a weakness or a strength? Well, that depends on what you want from the metal. There is no such thing as a perfect metal. Just like there are no perfect people. If you prefer a ring that doesn’t scratch easily, then tungsten is the way to go. If you want a ring that doesn’t break or crack when dropped, then gold is the way to go.
We are all familiar with the game “Rock, Paper & Scissors”. As a child we learned each of the three items has its strengths and weaknesses. No one item is superior in every situation. This is the same principle when it comes to tungsten or any other metal used to make jewelry.
How can you protect yourself against accidental breakage of your tungsten ring? Make sure you purchase your tungsten ring from a reputable jeweler that offers a lifetime warranty, which covers your ring against damage at no cost. Many jewelers know tungsten rings can break, so they offer a lifetime warranty, but don’t disclose up front there are fees you have to pay if you need your ring replaced. This is because they know you will have to replace it, and they just want to make money off you when you do.