One of the best ways to add some flair to an otherwise standard tungsten carbide ring is to put in an additional precious metal. While gold typically provides some kind of a contrast due to the wildly different color, this isn’t always a desirable thing. Gold inlays sometimes detract from the overall look and feel of the tungsten ring if they aren’t done properly, which is why the buyer must especially beware when choosing one. However, this issue is completely avoided by going for a white gold inlay. The product being reviewed this week is one such tungsten ring which is currently available over at Amazon.
This beauty of a ring has a real classy look. The broad band which runs through the center is a bit lighter than the darker tungsten hues, which adds a kind of subtelty to the ring. This adds to the elegance normally provided by a tungsten ring in the first place, resulting in an absolutely fantastic overall piece. The white gold used in this particular model is a 14k alloy, meaning that it’s not too soft. You still need to be a bit careful, though. As with any inlay ring, the other metal is definitely softer and more susceptible to scratches than the tungsten metal. With a little care, though, this isn’t an issue. Overall, I give a definitive thumbs up to this particular inlay tungsten ring for its grace and its charm. If only all inlays could do as well as this one!
The Basium – an Inlay Tungsten Ring Review
Tungsten rings with inlaid metal or ceramic bands are a major staple of this section of the jewelry industry. Almost always you’ll find them with the non tungsten band wrapped around the ring, creating the look of three (or more) seperate sections. This gives the ring a classy look and really makes you stand back and admire it. However, not all inlay tungsten carbide jewelry follows this classic tradition. One of these others is the Basium, an offering by Tungsten Collection.
The Basium offers an unique and elegant approach to the inlay category. The black zircona bands run vertically, a far cry from the more common horizontal band. Tungsten rings are all about being unique, so this works really well. Zirconia is another tough ceramic material, so it does not degrade from the mechanical strength of the ring. This means that it is not liable to be scratched like other softer metals. Overall, the Basium is a great addition to the inlay tungsten ring category. Don’t feel like you’re confined to the horizontal inlay!
Vendor Review – Titanium Kay
One of the largest online vendors of tungsten carbide rings is Titanium Kay, and not without good reason. They have many strengths as a vendor, but quite a few weaknesses as well.
I found the selection of tungsten rings at Titanium Kay to be a little limited. Yes, they do have 90 different varieties, but my impression was that many of these were just reiterations of a single common theme. If you’re in the market for the smooth polished variety, then you’re in luck. Likewise if you like inlaid tungsten rings, or one’s with mixes of tungsten and ceramic. But many other common categories were absent, or barely represented. I found that their supply of tungsten rings with gemstone inclusions was practically nonexistent. They had a few rings with diamond inclusions, but that was about it. Their supply of laser engraved or grooved rings were strong, but this was balanced by their absolute lack of faceted rings. They did have a few interesting variations with carbon fiber inlays though that definitely caught my attention as unique. Whether they appear gaudy or classy is up to you, though.
I was a little unimpressed by the site navigation at Titanium Kay. They had two large category groups on the left side of the page, after which they let you wade through page after page of unsorted rings. Yes, unsorted. And with no options to sort. Maybe I’m a little spoiled, but I found it a bit difficult to sift through all of their tungsten rings without such a feature.
Where Titanium Kay shines is in their offer of designer tungsten jewelry from big name suppliers like Lamborghini. In addition to this, they also offered many alternative tungsten jewelry products like bracelets, lighters, and money clips. This helps round out their site to help the general consumer.
Overall, Titanium Kay struck me as a good but not great tungsten rings vendor. Their products are quality, but finding them is difficult. They have great choices, but only in certain categories. So browse their wares with this in mind. If you’re looking for a faceted or gemstone embedded ring, you probably want to look elsewhere.
Tungsten Ring of the Week – The Prism
This week I’d like to call your attention to an absolutely beautiful ring from the experts over at Tungsten World. They call this beauty the ‘Prism,’ and I have to say it delivers elegance like few other rings do. I’ve posted a picture of it below:
prism-tungsten-ring1What I love most about this ring is that the facets are even and that they extend all across the band. This gives the ring a really masculine feeling. It’s like somebody finally made argyle cool. The multiple even facets will make this ring sparkle much like its namesake. The Prism would make a great gift no matter what the occasion. Due to its exceptional quality and shine, I wouldn’t be too surprised if some of you out there considered it as a wedding band. As a unique piece, you’ll never forget it. Take a gander in better detail over at the manufacturer’s website if you have an interest.