First a little history
The discovery of the ore dates to the 1600s. Miners noticed its dense properties and described it as “wolves devouring sheep. ” Initially referred to as wolfert or wolffram, the symbol of tungsten became ‘W’. The first person to really study it and give tungsten its name is Alex Fredrik Cronstedt, a Swedish chemist. Although the man credited with founding the chemistry of tungsten, R. Oxland, patented sodium tungstate and tungstic acid. To this day, Germany and Scandinavia refer to the metal as wolfram.
Following the development of tungsten, three more landmarks emerge. The first was the process of hardening steels and other metals with tungsten in the late 1800s. The second was producing a malleable form of the metal, discovered by W. D. Coolidge in the early 1900s. With this new variety, filaments were produced becoming a launching pad to the growth of the light bulb and its many applications. Lastly, the creation of the hard metal of tungsten, made by combining tungsten and cobalt, incited tremendous growth and application of tungsten, such as tools and products, like jewelry.
Why Tungsten Carbide?
Tungsten Carbide is the only rare and exotic metal that can promise permanence in polish and finish that will endure until the end of time. The original pattern and design in many gold rings will all but disappear after several years. Tungsten Carbide rings will maintain an everlasting beautiful and shiny finish. The heavy weight and the enduring finish of a tungsten carbide ring, speak of commitment, security and an everlasting bond.
Tungsten vs. Titanium
Men's jewelry has diversified greatly with the rise of Tungsten and Titanium jewelry. Tungsten and Titanium products are considered “model metals" or new to the jewelry industry. However, there are many differences between the two that many people don't realize. Tungsten's intriguing new features set it apart from Titanium and have thus allowed Tungsten jewelry to become the hottest, fastest growing men's jewelry craze in the nation!
Titanium lacks the implicit durability of tungsten carbide rings:
Titanium can never have the same high gloss mirror-like finish that Tungsten can have, yet tungsten can also be finished in numerous other duller styles just exactly like Titanium. Tungsten jewelry is 4 times harder than Titanium jewelry. Titanium can be bent and is easily scratched.
The weight of Titanium is almost non-existent. It does not have the same luxurious precious metal feel of heavier rings.
The manufacturing process of Titanium is strictly industrial. It is easily produced using cheap materials involving almost no man-hours. Tungsten involves combining specific elements in up to 40 separate, labor-intensive processes to fabricate, refine, and polish each ring blank. Rest assured that ONLY Tungsten Forever Carbide rings accurately convey the meaning of the word, “Commitment. "
Ted Guerrero Jr. has been involved in the tungsten jewelry business since its early stages. Married, and living in San Bernardino, CA, he is currently working as a Territory Manager for a jewelry manufacturer and designer, Bob Siemon Designs and is a consultant for Tungsten World, http://www.tungstenworld.com/
Tungsten World has been providing the online community with superior quality tungsten carbide jewelry products at the most competitive prices since tungsten's first emergence. The range of tungsten products cover tungsten wedding rings, tungsten wedding bands, tungsten carbide wedding rings etc. for men & women.