Tungsten carbide has quickly become one of the most popular metals used in the production of both men and women’s wedding bands. With more and more people learning about the countless benefits offered by tungsten, it’s easy to see why the demand for it continues to grow. It’s stronger than gold, doesn’t tarnish or fade, and it costs significantly less than platinum, gold, or even silver. Like all jewelry, though, there are a few things you need to know about caring and maintaining tungsten rings.

What is Tungsten Carbide?

First and foremost, let’s go over the basics of tungsten carbide, as some people are likely hearing about it for the first time. Not to be confused with pure tungsten, tungsten carbide is a non-organic compound consisting of equal parts tungsten and carbon. The two metallic compounds are combined to form a gray powder known as tungsten carbide. This powder is then used to produce rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, industrial machines, cutting tools, instruments, electrical equipment and more.

Benefits of choosing a tungsten ring: 

  • Doesn’t fade
  • Doesn’t tarnish
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • Maintains its luster and shine
  • Inexpensive
  • Beautiful “natural” color

Cleaning a Tungsten Ring

Regardless of how hard you try to prevent it, dirt and grime is bound to develop on your tungsten ring over time. The good news is that you can revitalize your tungsten ring back to its pristine state with a little bit of warm water and mild dish soap. Simply fill up a small cup or bowl with warm water and add drops of mild dish soap. Place your ring down inside the solution and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. After this amount of time has passed, pull your ring out and dry it with a paper towel.

If there’s stubborn dirt or grime that doesn’t want to come off, try using an old toothbrush. The soapy warm water should loosen up even the toughest patches of dirt and debris, at which point scrubbing it with a toothbrush should clean it right off.

Other Tungsten Ring Maintenance Tips

Thanks to their exceptional strength and durability, authentic tungsten rings require very little maintenance. Owners of gold jewelry have to walk on pins and needles to avoid tarnishing or damaging their pieces, but this isn’t a problem with tungsten rings. Just remember to clean them on a regular basis to prevent buildups of dirt and dust.

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