Titanium and Tungsten Carbide are hugely popular when it comes to men’s jewellery, and rightly so. Affordable, durable, and up to 10 times stronger than the gold and silver alternatives, these modern precious metals are ideal for crafting wedding bands and other pieces of jewellery, but they are both very different, and so you should consider these key points before deciding which metal is right for your next jewellery purchase.
Titanium vs. Tungsten Carbide
Price:When compared to gold and platinum, both Tungsten and Titanium are extremely affordable. While prices vary from manufacturer to manufacture, you can expect to pay a similar price for both of these modern precious metals, depending on the overall quality and grade.
Composition:The main difference in composition between Tungsten and Titanium, is that titanium is usually combined with other elements such as aluminium, whereas tungsten is usually combined with carbon atoms.
Tungsten rings are indeed extremely durable and high scratch-resistant. When you consider purchasing a tungsten ring, it’s important to account for colour. Silver tungsten rings are the most durable tungsten rings, and are almost scratch-proof. Colour Tungsten rings, such as black, red, or blue, are still extremely durable, but they are not as scratch-resistant as tungsten itself.
Weight: The most significant difference between a titanium wedding band and a tungsten carbide wedding band would have to be the weight. Titanium rings are extremely lightweight, despite their durability, and so you hardly know that you are wearing them. This makes them popular with men who are not keen on wearing jewellery. Tungsten carbide rings, on the other hand, have a weighty feel, much heavier than gold and platinum, and so they have a real masculine feel.
Colour:The natural colour of both tungsten carbide and titanium is gunmetal grey, although both metals are offered in black, and tungsten carbide rings are available in white. Many modern jewellery designers colour titanium and tungsten rings with yellow gold, rose gold, and even ion blue, and so both traditional and contemporary options are available.