3 ways Tungsten World is going to rock your ring fingers #Sponsors: Jewelry#custom rings#diamond ring#non-diamond ring#ring March 13 2015 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Looking for wedding bands that aren't just plain ol' bands? Our sponsor Tungsten World offers affordable wedding rings made with all kinds of alternative metals with cool names like tungsten carbide, cobalt chrome, titanium, and black zirconium. Even better, they can also hook you up with custom, one-off designs. Check out all the ways Tungsten World is going to rock your ring fingers… Rings as tough as you The best part of alternative metal rings is that they aren't just pretty faces — they're super-durable. Alternative metals provide a much higher level of scratch-resistance than gold or silver. Plus, since they aren't made with a precious metals, Tungsten World rings are going to be drastically more affordable. Rings as black as your soul The Odyssey ring These black zirconium rings are bad-freaking-ass! Perfect for the partner who won over your black heart. This collection of ceramic rings also has some gothic little numbers (as well as a hell of a lot of pink rings!). Rings that are as one-of-a-kind as your relationship Tungsten World offers up a few different ways to customize the hell out of your wedding band: Laser-engrave interior messages or exterior messages — your names, dates, social security numbers, whatever. Custom laser image engraving — I dig the 8-bit heart and the elephant Everyone's favorite: Fingerprint rings! Or inlay your rings with precious metals, real wood and mokume gane inlays, as well as diamonds and gemstones. The Thuya Burl Tungsten Wooden Ring Seriously, you should check out this huge selection of wedding band awesomeness. After doing so, if you still can't find exactly what you're looking for, just ask Tungsten World to create it for you and enjoy your one-of-a-kind wedding ring forever! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Bigger on the inside: TARDIS blue wedding shoes NEXT Keeping it dreamy at the drive-in at Zara & Stefan's wedding Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] My husband has been wearing his tungsten engagement ring for two years now, and it still looks brand new! The same can't be said for his 6-month-old gold wedding band. But we choose not to do tungsten for the wedding band because the same hardness that resists scratches means they can shatter if hit right. They also can't be resized. He continues to wear his engagement right on his right hand, and probably will until it shatters or doesn't fit, but it was important to him to have a wedding ring that he could wear forever. Tldr, tungsten rings are awesome, just be aware of what you're getting. Reply The odds of them shattering are not high. FH had a Tungsten ring for his first wedding band (he's divorced) and never took it off when working in a shop and working construction. All the guys he worked with him had them and they never had an issue. Jewelry stores in the mall will totally tell you that they shatter all the time, won't last forever, etc. because they make very little money on those rings. Yes, they can shatter. And no, they can't be re-sized (that is the biggest worry I would have) but they aren't fragile at all. 2 agree Reply Thanks for chiming in! I'd read about it online, but hoped it wasn't that big of a risk. Husband decided it was enough of one that he didn't want it for the wedding band, but has been happy with it as an engagement ring. But different strokes for different folks! Reply FH and I chose Tungsten bands because they were inexpensive and extremely customizable. We got custom laser engraved Star Wars rings from an Etsy seller, and both rings cost $160 together. If by some freak accident the ring shatters, I'm not going to take it as a bad omen, I'm just going to buy a new one. The price of gold and that level of luxury is not something we can afford. Also, My gold engagement ring has been worn for a little over a year, and it has pitting on the band from being constantly worn… not something I want from my wedding band. Reply We picked out a tungsten carbide ring for the husband's wedding ring several years ago. He works on a refinery and quite a few people there wear them because they will shatter not bend/crimp. We bought his from a company that warranties them against scratching and breakage, just requires a piece of the ring to get a free replacement. Three years ago we put that to the test. They do shatter with force and there was no injury to his finger were the ring was (though there was to other parts of his hand). He kept a tiny piece of it and three weeks later had a replacement. Apparently It only takes about as much force as the average person punching a wall to shatter it so it is unlikely to happen randomly but can be done if needed. They cannot normally be cut off, must be shattered; it's a different kind of force on metal. His replacement ring hasn't scratched yet. Reply When me and my fiance went ring shopping we found out 2 important facts about Tungsten that made us to decide to go for a gold ring instead. Since Tungsten is very durable, if you are an individual that works in trades it is advisable not to get one. If the ring gets caught in something it will not break so it will rip your finger off. Also, if your finger size changes, it isn't easy as gold to resize the ring. Reply These rings are so cool-looking! I had no idea they existed. What a great price. I'm not getting married any time soon, but these rings look great for anything and the black rings would make really cool gifts. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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