Exceptional for permanent polish and resilience to wear and tear, tungsten rings have gained immense popularity in recent years, especially among men, and is one the fastest types of wedding bands selling online today. But with the huge numbers of retailers who have caught on to this trend now flooding the market, how should the savvy online shopper decide which one to choose from? Let’s just say, not all tungsten carbide rings are equal. Here are some things you need to know to turn your online tungsten ring purchase into the best one ever.
Tricks of the trade to navigate the online tungsten carbide ring market
1. Find a retailer where “Free” is actually Free
One of the main reasons for tungsten carbide rings men tungsten rings ‘ exploding popularity, besides their extreme hardness and shine, is all the “free” offers that come with its purchase to make it a great deal. But don’t be so easily fooled, not all “free” offers are truly free.
Free Shipping – Free shipping is free, only if you keep the ring. If you decide to return it, shipping cost may be deducted from your refund.
30 day money back guarantee/refund – May come with a sizable re-stocking or processing fee.
Free Lifetime Warranty/Sizing – Comes with a hefty “deductible” fee sometimes up to $50-75.
Of course, there are retailers that offer truly free sizing and warrantee with no hidden fees. These stores that are willing to offer quality services stand by the quality in their rings and are confident that their rings will not fail.
2. The 3 C’s of tungsten rings – Comfort, Content, Craftsmanship
Even though pictures from different websites may look the same, the actual ring you get may not look as good as its picture. There is a huge variation in the quality of rings out there, differences you cannot discern without having the ring in your hand. These are factors to consider to be sure you are buying the highest quality ring you deserve.
Comfort – depends on the Thickness of the ring, weight, width, etc.
The comfortable feeling of wearing a ring is greatly determined by its thickness. While most retailers proudly boast they offer “comfort fit” rings, they are less eager to declare their actual thickness. In many cases of tungsten rings, they are often too thick to be comfortable. After all, a thin halo of metal around your finger feels better than a bolt, and looks better. For example, most gold rings average 1.8 mm – 2.0 mm maximum in thickness. Poor quality tungsten rings can be as thick as 2.5 mm and there are many of them out there. There is a difference in the properties of gold and tungsten as metals. Tungsten wedding bands will be on average thicker than gold ones as they need to be a certain thickness to prevent breaking. But as long as this threshold is achieved, they should be as thin as possible, and this depends on how the tungsten ring is made. Higher quality tungsten rings should have a maximum thickness of 2.3 +/- 0.1 mm. Also, it is important to know that the ring’s thickness should change depending on the size. A size 12 ring can be 2.3 mm thick while a size 6 ring should only be 1.8 mm thick to be most comfortable. Determine the right thickness for your size to get a truly high quality ring. Look for listed specifications of a ring’s thickness, width, weight, etc. Also make sure the edges of your tungsten ring do not feel sharp or ragged as this has been seen in many low quality rings. A truly well made “comfort fit” ring should have no sharp edges.