Tungsten and titanium are two of the most popular materials in the men’s jewelry market. Especially popular as wedding rings, both metals have grown in popularity over the 21st century. They do look pretty similar, especially if they’re both in black, so you’ll be forgiven for assuming they have similar properties. In reality, they’re very different materials – it’s important you know these properties before choosing one over the other. Here’s our comparison of tungsten vs titanium rings.
Both tungsten and titanium are considered strong materials – much more so than stainless steel or precious metals like gold or platinum. However, tungsten is much harder than titanium. Tungsten is actually one of the hardest materials known to us. Tungsten scores a 9 on Moh’s scale of mineral hardness (generally only diamond scores a 10). Titanium, whilst still a hard metal, scores a 6 on this scale.
Tungsten rings are more brittle and likely to crack than titanium rings. Because of their extreme hardness and relative brittleness, it’s unlikely, but entirely possible, that a tungsten ring can shatter if hit too hard against a surface. Titanium rings are usually better for those who work with their hands.
In any test of tungsten vs titanium rings, scratch resistance is important. Tungsten is considerably more scratch resistant than titanium. Because of its hardness, diamond is the only material that is able to scratch tungsten. Tungsten is a real freak in this category – you should bear in mind that titanium is still much more scratch resistant than other precious metals or stainless steel.
The first thing people notice when comparing tungsten vs titanium rings in practice is the difference in weight. Titanium rings are very light – very good for those unaccustomed to jewelry. Tungsten rings have a real weight and are considerably heavier. If you’re used to wearing rings or other jewelry, tungsten is a great bet.
Both materials are usually well priced and considerably cheaper than precious metals such as gold or platinum. This seems like a bargain when you consider some of the superior properties above. Typically, tungsten is a little more expensive to manufacture because it’s a slightly rarer metal, and this is often reflected in the price from most retailers.
Tungsten vs Titanium Rings Results
So, tungsten is harder and more scratch resistant. Whereas titanium in more crack resistant and often cheaper. Our recommendation is to think about which properties are more important for your lifestyle, then think about whether you’d like a light (titanium) or heavy (tungsten) ring.
At The Urban Upgrade, we stock quality titanium and tungsten rings at very reasonable prices. If you want to pick one up, we offer free worldwide shipping right now, and both rings come in either Black or Silver colors. Take a look: