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ABOUT TUNGSTEN


WHAT IS TUNGSTEN CARBIDE?

 
Tungsten is a metal that is extremely hard and melts at a very high temperature. It is also very dense, and the jewelry made of it feels surprisingly heavy. When it is combined with carbon alloy, it transforms into tungsten carbide; one of the coolest metals on the jewelry market. The proper composition of tungsten carbide to have in a wedding ring is about 85% and the rest nickel, which is the purity level of all tungsten carbide rings carried by us. This optimal purity level gives the metal the most scratch resistant and durability. Any more, the ring will become too brittle and any less, the metal will become too soft.

Minimal Totem’ unique formula of tungsten carbide allows our tungsten rings to be both visually stunning and incredibly durable for years of everyday use. Work with heavy machinery? Tending the yard? You don't need to remove your tungsten ring to protect its finish or because it's uncomfortable. Tungsten carbide is four times harder than titanium and twice as hard as steel, so tungsten jewelry is virtually scratch-proof. And because our tungsten rings are comfort-fit, you won't ever have a reason to take it off.


I HAVE NICKEL ALLERGY, CAN I WEAR TUNGSTEN RINGS?

 
Yes, absolutely. All of our tungsten carbide jewelry is hypoallergenic. Although nickel is used in the process, our tungsten carbide is made with nickel-binder alloy, which is superior to the commonly used cobalt-binder alloy in the market. Nickel-binder alloy is hypoallergenic, chemically inert and does not oxidize, cause rashes, or irritate the skin. Cobalt-binder alloy, on the other hand, can cause a tungsten carbide allergic reaction and can oxidize when the cobalt binds with you skin's natural oils. Virtually all people who are allergic to the nickel in white gold rings are not allergic to the nickel in tungsten because the amount in it is too small to cause any reaction.


IS TUNGSTEN NEVER SUPPOSED TO SCRATCH?

 
Tungsten carbide is the hardest and most scratch resistant or wear resistant metal known to man. This means it will resist scratching better than any other metal. This does not mean it is scratch proof. Tungsten can be scratched by non-metals, such as diamonds, sapphires and other crystals found in rocks. This is how tungsten rings are able to be machined and shaped into rings.

It is normal to see small scratches on a tungsten ring over time, especially if the person wearing the ring is constantly working with their hands or comes in contact with rocks, construction materials, or any hard non-metallic materials. Tungsten does withstand scratching better than any other metal. This means if there is some amount of scratching on a tungsten ring, it would be 10 times worse if the ring were a gold ring.


CAN TUNGSTEN RING BE CUT OFF?


Yes. In any situation where there might be a medical necessity to cut off or remove a tungsten ring; for instance excessive weight gain, hand injury, removing a tungsten ring doesn’t pose much more of a challenge than cutting through a gold or platinum wedding band. Most of the jewelry shops have cutting tool designed for cutting tungsten wedding bands. In addition, tungsten bands can be fractured into pieces using vise-grip pliers. We have contacted our local hospital emergency room and asked if they were equipped to remove tungsten wedding bands in an emergency, they told us that most hospital emergency rooms are prepared to handle almost anything, and assured us that it would be no problem for them. Nonetheless, check with your local jeweler or medical facility if you have concerns.

How To Measure

 Minimal Totem // How To Measure Your Ring Size 1

1. Wrap a strip of paper or a piece of non-stretchy string snugly around the base of your finger. Keep in mind that your fingers will swell, and you should leave a little room for the ring.

 

Minimal Totem // How To Measure Your Ring Size 2

2. Mark the point on it where it completes the circle.

Minimal Totem // How To Measure Your Ring Size 3

3. Measure the length of the string or paper. Measure it from the beginning to the mark with a ruler or tape measure. This is the circumference of your finger.

US / CA UK / EU / AU Circumference (mm)
5 J 1/2 49.3
6 L 1/2 51.8
7 N 1/2 54.4
8 P 1/2 56.9
9 R 1/2 59.5
10 T 1/2 62.1
11 V 1/2 64.6
12 X 1/2 67.2


Please note this guide is for reference only