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Tungsten Vs Platinum Rings

When it comes to purchasing your wedding ring the process can be quite overwhelming. There are so many different things you need to think about before buying that ring that you are going to be wearing for the rest of your life. One of the first things you should consider before buying is what time of wedding ring metal will work for both you and your partner.

Platinum and Tungsten are two of the most popular materials available for jewellery but are very different, so how do you know which one to go for? To help you we have put together a post on Titanium vs Platinum rings in the hope to answer many of your questions surrounding both metals and will hopefully allow you to make an informed decision.

Let's first start with a question - what is a platinum ring?

Platinum is a high-density precious metal and one of the heaviest metals used to make wedding rings. It would be good to think of platinum as a cross between gold and silver because it looks a lot like silver but has the price of gold. It is an extremely rare metal and only found in a few locations around the world.

With its beauty and value, platinum rings have been an ultimate expression of all kinds from weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and many other special occasions.

Platinum has a very rich history and was first used by the ancient Egyptians around 3,000 years ago and then 800 years later South Americans Incas worked with platinum. The first platinum jewellery that ever appeared in Europe was around the year 1780. Now, although platinum has been around for centuries it might surprise you to hear that it has only been used for fashion jewellery for less than two centuries.

Why Platinum?

Platinum has great value - It is among the finest, purest and one of the rarest metals on earth. It also has the elegance that appeals to both males and females.

It's pure - It contains 90-95% pure platinum. In comparison to gold, gold is only 75% pure gold and 14-carat gold is only 58% pure. Platinum is also hypoallergenic and resists tarnish.

It's strong - Platinum is one of the strongest metals in the world and one of the heaviest. It weighs 60% more than carat gold and is ideal for jewellery that is worn every day because even after wearing it for a long period of time it exhibits very little material loss.

Platinum shines - with its rich white lustre perfectly complimenting diamonds and other precisions gems its neutral colour enhances the stone’s brilliance.

It’s fashionable - Platinum rings are very popular these days because of its subtle beauty and elegance. It creates a sophisticated and versatile look for all.

No need to maintain - Platinum rings are very low-maintenance. A quick steam clean at your jewellers now and again and your ring will stay clean and look lovely for ages.

Tungsten Rings:

Tungsten rings have become just about as popular as titanium rings, a metal that was once the go-to for nearly indestructible rings. This alone proves that tungsten rings are here to stay after being introduced into the jewellery world around ten years ago.

Pros

  • Scratch resistant 
  • It doesn’t bend like gold or other soft metals
  • You can have it in multiple colours such as white, black and grey
  • Keeps its finish forever
  • It’s very affordable so if you do happen to break your ring it won't deplete your savings to buy another
  • Tungsten has a heavyweight, similar to platinum
  • It is hypoallergenic, it won’t trigger an allergic reaction to anyone

Cons

  • Although they are scratch resistant they are not scratch proof
  • They cannot be sized, they have to be exchanged only if they don’t fit. Attempting to adjust this metal will just cause it to break
  • Tungsten rings are not traditional wedding ring metal
  • They’re heavyweight, which doesn't appeal to everyone. This is where personal preference comes into play as some people prefer a much more delicate ring
  • Nickel allergies such as skin rashes, bumps, dry patches or blisters can be affected by tungsten rings but only if you already have them. The ring won’t cause this

Whichever type of ring you choose it has to be the right one for you. Browns Family Jewellers select only the highest quality metals for their ring designs, so take some time to consider all the factors of these two very popular metals and find that perfect ring for you or your partner.

 

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