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Tungsten is a chemical element that is listed in the periodic table of the elements under the atomic number 74 and the symbol W. It belongs to the transition metals such as silver and titanium. Tungsten has various properties that qualify it for the production of high-quality and attractive jewellery, in addition to numerous other uses. Tungsten is lustrous white and has a brittle consistency when it is pure. One thing that has made tungsten popular is that it has the highest melting point of all metals, which is why the heavy metal is used in light bulbs. Besides its main use in the light bulb industry, tungsten is also used in radiation shielding. Because of its high density, which almost approaches that of gold, tungsten is also a popular material for creating additional weights, e.g. in racing. In the jewellery sector, tungsten is mainly used in rings due to its greyish colour, which makes it an interesting base material. In combination with carbon, tungsten carbide is produced, an intermediate crystal phase, which, along with diamond, is one of the hardest known materials and is also used in the production of robust and high-quality jewellery.

Characteristics of tungsten jewellery

Jewellery made of tungsten does not tarnish, does not oxidise and has a very long life. However, it can still happen that if the ring falls down, for example, it can break. This can be influenced by various factors, including the fact that the ring is under great tension due to the hardness of the material. Thus, not every fall will cause the ring to break, but it can happen.

Due to the hardness of the material, tungsten rings can only be engraved by laser and unfortunately it is not possible to change the stone setting (if existing).

Right care

Generally, tungsten jewellery can be treated simply with water, soap and a soft cloth. In the case of heavier soiling, the jewellery can also be "soaked" in a soapy water solution for a few minutes. Please do not use aggressive cleaning agents. Chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine or bleach can permanently damage the jewellery.

Will there be scratches/wear marks over time?

Jewellery is an object of daily life and therefore exposed to physical and climatic influences. These influences can be transferred to the piece of jewellery and leave marks.

Matt surfaces could get traces of shine and shiny surfaces could become matt in return.

Depending on the material, deeper scratches are also possible (especially with rather softer materials such as silver, gold or similar). These wear marks depend on the activities of the wearer or on the objects the piece of jewellery comes into contact with, the period of time does not play a role here.

Wear marks are what make jewellery unique and thus make it a personal piece of jewellery. There is no material in the world that is used to make jewellery that does not show any signs of wear.