Throughout our website you'll find the phrases “tungsten rings” and “tungsten carbide rings” in countless locations. In a previous resource page, we explained the differences between tungsten carbide and tungsten. Essentially, tungsten carbide rings and tungsten carbide wedding rings are interchangeable on the site with tungsten rings and tungsten wedding, but the term “tungsten carbide ring” is the most accurate description of the rings on our site.
But what is carbide? And what are “carbide rings?”
In simple terms, carbide is a compound of elements bonded together. The key element of the compound is carbon, and depending on the other elements bounded to it, the carbide is classified in one of four different categories: salt-like, covalent compounds, interstitial compounds, and “intermediate” transition metal carbides. There are countless types of carbides, and they have endless uses in industrial applications.
In relation to tungsten rings, the carbide compound used is tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide rings are classified as part of the interstitial compounds category of carbides. Carbides in this category exhibit metallic properties and are able to retain their strength at very high temperatures. While many materials are used to make carbide wedding bands and carbide rings, tungsten is the most common carbide ring.
The creation of all types of carbide rings takes on a similar process. Due to their extremely high melting points, these metals need to be fired and pressed at temperatures that most people can’t even being to fathom. But it is this delicate process which produces the highly functional and durable metals that the carbides and carbide rings are.
As we mentioned in our “tungsten vs. tungsten carbide” resource page, carbide rings and carbide wedding rings are really an upgrade on the already incredible characteristics of tungsten. Tungsten carbide rings and tungsten carbide wedding bands are made that much more resistant and durable by the carbide process. Being a refractory material, tungsten carbide is strong even at very high temperatures. The trace elements added during the carbide process helps reinforce many of the characteristics that have made tungsten carbide rings so popular: scratch resistance, high polish finish, and hardness. It is these very same characteristics, along with being affordable even with the intricate manufacturing processes, that make carbide rings and tungsten carbide rings so much more durable and, as a result, more popular than precious metals of gold or platinum.