Searching for your perfect ring? You might be surprised to find that there’s more to the story than gold and silver. In fact, there are two unexpected materials you need to have on your radar when exploring your options — tungsten and titanium. In this guide, we’re comparing and contrasting these excellent materials to ensure that you find one that feels like it was made for you.
What Tungsten and Titanium Have in Common
Tungsten and titanium are both stronger and harder than traditional precious metals such as gold. They’re also more affordable and easier to transform into unique and colorful designs.
Compared to more common precious metals like gold and silver, tungsten and titanium are harder and, therefore, better for people who live, work and play in rough-and-tumble environments. With that said, these two materials share a naturally lustrous silver-gray finish that can be complemented by a range of inlays and adornments to maintain their sleek style.
The best part? They ring up for a fraction of the cost of traditional precious metals. In other words, they’re both pretty fantastic options for guys looking for stylish, affordable men's wedding bands or fashion rings that break the mold.Shop All Men’s Wedding Rings
Tungsten: As Tough and Scratch-Resistant as It Gets
Tungsten is a tough, dense metal alloy known for its resistance to corrosion, high temperatures, scratching, warping and tarnishing. Tungsten is harder and more scratch-resistant than titanium but could crack under pressure.
Tungsten is hard, plain and simple. In fact, it’s one of the hardest materials you can get and is highly resistant to scratching or warping. In fact, tungsten carbide is nearly as hard as diamonds, according to the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness. That means that diamonds are pretty much the only thing that could scratch it. With hardness comes weight and, similar to traditional precious metals like gold or platinum, tungsten rings tend to feel substantial on the finger.
It also maintains its high luster and beauty for years and years to come. As you can see from our selection of men’s tungsten wedding rings, tungsten comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you. Shop tungsten rings in a range of finishes — including black, silver, gold and bronze — featuring a ton of unique textures and inlays.
Tungsten’s downfall is the same thing that makes it so great. The stuff is so hard that it won’t bend at all, which means it can become brittle and could even crack under pressure.Browse Tungsten Rings for Men
Titanium: Perfect for a Little Bit of Shine
Titanium is a strong metal alloy beloved for its strength and resistance. Though it isn’t as strong or scratch-resistant as tungsten, titanium is lightweight and features a natural luster that won’t tarnish.
If you’re a fan of Sia and David Guetta, you already know titanium is one of the toughest materials around. So much so that it’s actually bulletproof, at least when shot at by most standard firearms — please don’t try it at home, though! Despite its reputation, titanium isn’t the hardest material out there. It isn’t quite as tough as tungsten, but it’s still a lot harder than gold and is, therefore, a fantastic choice for any piece of jewelry.
Titanium also differs from tungsten in that it’s naturally shinier and more lightweight. The weight of your wedding band is a personal choice, and you may prefer something with some weight or something that feels barely there. Give both a try and see which feels the best.
If you’re in the market for a lightweight yet durable ring for everyday wear, one of our men’s titanium wedding bands is, undoubtedly, a top-notch choice.Shop Our Men’s Titanium Wedding Bands
Two Excellent Options
Let us leave you with this: Whether you go with a tungsten ring or a titanium ring, know that you are making a smart decision either way. At Modern Gents, you’ll find a ring made from these tough materials that rings up for under $50, so you don’t have to worry too much about making the wrong decision. Grab one of each for every occasion and activity!Shop Our Entire Men’s Wedding Rings Collection