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Tungsten vs. Titanium Rings: which one should you choose?

Choosing wedding bands for men is no longer a simple choice between gold or silver. Newer alternative metals have been added to the mix. Tungsten and titanium have become popular choices for men’s wedding bands due to their strength, durability and affordability. While these metals do have similar characteristics, they also each have distinct features that make them unique. The metal you choose for your wedding band needs to look great, and last a lifetime. If you’re struggling to choose between tungsten and titanium, here’s what you should know.

Tungsten: 

Regarded as one of the toughest metals, tungsten rings are almost scratch resistant. The metal is available in a choice of colours: black, grey and white. This type of band is ideal for those who work mostly with their hands, like carpenters and mechanics, and are also suited to a variety of lifestyles, whether you’re exposed daily to the sun or slaving away under the hood of a car.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Scratch proof
  • Durable
  • Will retain its shape
  • Hypoallergenic

 

Cons:

  • Inflexible
  • Can tarnish when exposed to chlorine
  • Cannot be resized or repaired

 

Titanium

Titanium is a lighter metal to tungsten, but it offers equal strength and durability. While it can take some punishment to break it, the metal is somewhat flexible, allowing it to be sized up. Unlike tungsten, titanium is not totally scratch resistant, so it's not a good choice if you work with your hands.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Will not tarnish
  • Can be sized up (one size), provided there is no inlay or stones

 

Cons:

  • Extreme pressure can result in the ring bending out of shape
  • Cannot be sized down

 

Much thought and consideration is given to choosing engagement and wedding rings for women, and jewellers recommend paying similar careful attention to wedding bands for men.

Bevilles has a wide range of spectacular tungsten wedding bands in various elegant designs and with diamond inlays for men. Browse our online catalogue, or visit us in store today!

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