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Tungsten vs ceramic wedding rings- which is the best for you?

Tungsten vs ceramic

We offer both tungsten and ceramic rings, but how do you decide between the pair?

As is often the way, it is not a simple case of either/or; rather which is best for you, your lifestyle and your priorities. This guide will help you make that choice.

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Did you know that “tungsten” is the Swedish word for “heavy stone?”

The metal is one of the hardest on earth and can withstand incredibly high temperatures. It’s useful for creating lightbulbs and tools, but most commonly used to make wedding rings. Tungsten typically appears silver but also comes in white or black.

Tungsten carbide is the most common alloy of tungsten, as tungsten on its own is quite brittle. The addition of another metal binder, such as nickel, creates a stronger base for men’s wedding rings–the average being  85% tungsten carbide and 15% nickel.


Ceramic is a very sturdy material, often used for industrial applications such as spark plugs, floor tiles, coffee mugs, and electrical parts. Ceramics are also resistant to impacts, making them a popular choice for floor tiles.

Harder ceramics have only become available in recent years due to advances in technology. Titanium carbide, the type of ceramic used to make rings, is perfect for people looking for fashionable jewelry they can wear every day.

Differences between tungsten and ceramic


If you want a silver, gold, or rose gold ring, there’s nothing to consider here-tungsten carbide is the only material that comes in those colors.

And if you’re looking for white or pink then, again, your decision is easy because ceramic is the only option here.

However, if you are looking at black rings, we have more of a tussle on our hands…

In this instance, you may lean towards black ceramic- it isn’t plated like tungsten, so it is not as vulnerable to damage from abrasive surfaces (such as metal and wood) or chemicals.


Tungsten is the heavier of the two, although the more substantial weight is often a plus point in many men’s eyes. Ceramic is still a tough material (as we’ll elaborate on shortly), but it doesn’t boast the weighty feel of a tungsten carbide band.


Hardness-wise, tungsten carbide is a 9 on the Mohs scale while ceramic is only a 7 (diamonds are 10 and gold is 3 to give some perspective). So they both hold their own, though if you have to choose on this basis, tungsten is the winner.

If need be, however, either type of ring can be cut off in an emergency, and neither will lose its color over time; though minor fading may occur with black tungsten due to ion plating if not properly cared for.

Wear and Tear

The two materials vary wildly in how they react to wear and tear.

Tungsten is naturally silver- any other colour is achieved via ion plating. This plating is tough, but over time it is prone to scratching. Now, in its silver state, this is not apparent- it still appears as silver- but when it is plated (especially black tungsten) it is more noticeable.

Ceramic really stands alone with how it deals with scratches. Because it is not plated, ‘what you see if what you get’ when scratched- so no jarring color differences.

Skin Sensitivity

Both have little to worry about in this regard. As ceramic contains no metal, it is 100% hypo-allergenic. Tungsten carbide is too- although it has nickel binder, it is bound so tightly it doesn’t have the chance to react with the skin.

So, which is better: tungsten or ceramic?

The answer really depends on the person and their lifestyle. Tungsten is incredibly durable, making it ideal for active people; ceramic offers supreme scratch resistance without compromising on strength.

Ceramic rings are also great, because they are light, don’t show scratches as easily as black plated tunsgten rings.

Ultimately, both tungsten and ceramic make great choices for wedding rings that are made to last the distance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is tungsten stronger than ceramic?

Tungsten is considerably stronger than ceramic, with a hardness rating of 8-9 on the Mohs scale. Ceramic has a lower hardness rating at 6-7 on the Mohs scale. This makes tungsten rings more resistant to scratching and general wear and tear compared to ceramic rings.

Is ceramic the same as tungsten carbide?

No, ceramic is not the same as tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide is a mixture of various metals and other elements that form an alloy called tungsten carbide. Ceramic, on the other hand, is made from different materials like zirconia and titanium oxide that are fired in high temperatures to create a strong and durable material.

Are ceramic rings scratch resistant?

Yes, ceramic rings are scratch-resistant, although not as much as tungsten carbide rings. Ceramic rings have a hardness rating of 6-7 on the Mohs scale whereas tungsten has an 8-9 rating. This means that tungsten is more resistant to scratches and general wear and tear.

Do ceramic rings break easily?

No, ceramic rings are quite tough and do not break easily. Ceramic is made from a combination of materials fired in high temperatures to create a strong and durable material. As long as the ring is cared for properly, it should last for many years without any issues.
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Tungsten and ceramic differ in color, weight, hardness, wear and tear resistance, and skin sensitivity. Tungsten is heavier and harder, offering a range of colors including silver, gold, and black. Ceramic is lighter, hypoallergenic, and maintains its color well, but it’s less hard than tungsten.

Tungsten rings are highly scratch-resistant, scoring 8-9 on the Mohs scale. However, colored tungsten, especially black, is achieved through ion plating, which can show scratches over time. Silver tungsten’s scratch resistance is more consistent due to its inherent color.

Ceramic wedding bands are durable and maintain their appearance well. They’re resistant to scratches and impacts, making them a good choice for daily wear. Ceramic is also hypoallergenic, suitable for people with metal allergies.

Both tungsten and ceramic rings cannot be resized due to their hardness and manufacturing process. It’s important to ensure an accurate ring size before purchasing. In case of size issues, replacement rather than resizing is usually the necessary route.

For active lifestyles, tungsten may be preferable due to its extreme durability and scratch resistance. Ceramic is also tough but has a lower hardness rating, making tungsten a slightly more robust option for those with highly active or labor-intensive lifestyles.