Tungsten rings have become extremely popular, especially for grooms. There main reason for that is how scratch-resistant it is, where the only other thing that can inflict a scratch is diamond. No other metal can stand against daily use and go unscratched.
For that reason, tungsten rings maintain their shine and luster for a long time as compared to other metals.
However, most people identify the ring’s scratch resistance with it being indestructible. It is not a wrong assumption either; tungsten carbide is made from the toughest metal on Earth.
In this article, we’ll delve into more.
Do tungsten carbide rings break?
The straight answer is, yes, tungsten carbide rings can indeed break. That is very different from other metals, such as gold and silver.
These metals, what happens to them instead, is that the bend instead of breaking when they are subjected to force or pressure. ( Here I write a post: 2 men’s wedding bands will break under pressure, click the link for more detailed information)When you get your ring from the jeweler, one thing they never promise you is that the ring is indestructible.
That’s because they know that is not accurate.
Why do tungsten carbide rings brake or cracked?
While this metal, as we’ve stated, is the strongest there is on the planet; the issue comes from the fact that it is brittle.
That means that it cannot withstand pressure or shock. When subjected to either, it cracks or breaks.
The reason for that is the hardest metals are the most brittle when compared to their less tough counterparts.
Here is another way to understand this. Diamonds are the most scratch-resistant item on this planet, so much so that only another diamond can inflict a scratch on it.
However, if you take a hammer and strike the diamond, it will shatter into a million tiny pieces. That is the same thing that will happen when you hit a tungsten carbide ring with a hammer.
Another aspect to understand about tungsten rings is that, unlike other metals, it is the hardness that causes it to shatter.
If you use the same hammer on gold or other metals, what happens is that it bends, implying that it is soft. Tungsten carbide does have the upper hand when it comes to scratch resistance, but not when force gets applied to them.
What does it take to break a Tungsten Carbide ring?
Therefore, if you do subject your tungsten ring to shock or pressure, then it will crack or break. If your tungsten ring is cracked, one can arguably say that it’s normal.
At the same time, it means that you’ve done something on your end to case that. It could have fallen on a hard surface, or it got hit by something tough enough to chip it. Also, if you subject it to a lot of pressure using pliers or something similar, it will crack and break.
You do have to be careful when you’re wearing your tungsten ring. That is especially if you’re doing manual work, and you’re around hard materials.
If you’re doing woodwork, you’re probably fine, but if you’re working with stones, it would be best for you to take off the ring. Be mindful around surfaces that, if you hit the ring against, are likely to cause a crack.
Can a cracked tungsten ring be fixed?
Simply stated, no. A cracked tungsten ring cannot get fixed. That is a primary drawback when it comes to tungsten rings. Once there is a crack or a chip, you cannot repair a tungsten ring.
Also, when it breaks, the jeweler knows that you don’t have another alternative but to go back to them for a new one.
Therefore, opt for jewelers that give you a lifetime warranty on your tungsten carbide ring. Also, be sure to read the fine print; get a warranty where you don’t have to pay an extra cost if you need the ring replaced.
There is much to love about tungsten rings, especially from the fact that it is scratch-resistant.
However, just like any other metal, tungsten carbide is not without its flaws. It helps to be aware of them so that you know about the best way to care for the ring you like.