How to Tell a High Quality Tungsten Ring
When you want to buy a tungsten ring, you have many options. In the age of online shopping that's the case with everything, obviously; but tungsten bands have only recently become popular, and are slowly becoming the wedding band of choice.
Consumers now have more options than ever. You can find tungsten rings that are as low as $25, and while it might be tempting to go with those rings, there are a couple of things you need to know first.
A lot of merchants put up high quality pictures of their rings, just like we do. However, after you get in the mail what you receive might not exactly be what you were expecting. I'm not saying they would send you a totally different ring - the ring you receive will look a lot like what you saw on their website, but upon closer examination it might just be the case that the ring is actually much lower quality than advertised.
You can't cut corners to make production cheaper on something like a wedding band, period. Even in the simplest forms of design there are tons of details that simply cannot be overlooked without making the ring look very low quality. On most websites the rings you receive will be very crude looking. But that's what you'll get with a $25 ring that was made in China.
Every day something new gets outsourced to China and it's not easy to see "US-Made" things on the market anymore. But when you do see them, that's immediately a huge leg up on the competition when it comes to quality. We offer 100% US-made rings, and are very proud of the fact that our high-res pictures of the rings we carry are EXACTLY what you're going to get!
Simply put, the more man-hours you spend crafting your ring, the better (usually more expensive) your equipment is, and the better trained you are, the better your ring. Here's what to look for in a quality tungsten/ceramic ring.
- Thickness: Low quality rings tend to be thicker, because grinding the ring requires time and money, as well as high precision instruments. Look for rings that are less than 2.5mm thick. Of course, thickness should depend on ring size and width as well, so this number is lower for smaller rings. Make sure wherever you get your rings from actually states the thickness of the ring. A lot of low quality sites don't do this, and for good reason.
- Consistency of shape and cut: High quality rings will be symmetrical. This is something that's not easy to achieve and requires highly skilled labor in addition to high precision instruments. When you get your ring, be sure to keep an eye on lines, bevels, grooves etc. Are they straight? Are they the same everywhere? Most of the time you'll see that they're not. A beveled ring for example might have different bevel thickness on either side, indicating low quality worksmanship.
- Lines/edges: In a beveled ring, or in any ring that has a sharp angle, make sure that the lines where two faces meet on an angle are not sharp. If the edges are sharp this means that the manufacturer was trying to cut corners (no pun intended) by not applying the finishing step on the polish of the ring. In addition to looking jagged, this will have the big disadvantage of possibly hurting your skin on prolonged periods of wearing.
- Warranty: This is not about the ring itself but is equally important. Is the manufacturer confident enough in their product that they're offering a free warranty? Is that a lifetime warranty? Does it include free resizing? You probably know that tungsten bands can't be resized using conventional means, so when your finger size changes the ring needs to be exchanged. We offer free, lifetime, unlimited resizing and free, lifetime extended warranty, even covering accidents.