The Tale of the $25 Wedding Band

Very early on in our engagement, Mr. A admitted that the one thing he was really looking forward to was getting a wedding band made out of tungsten carbide. Stronger than gold, steel, and titanium, tungsten carbide is completely scratch resistant and virtually indestructible (on the Mohs hardness scale, tungsten carbide sits at a 9; diamond sits at a 10, just for comparison). It’s substantially heavier than titanium and has a super-cool gunmetal color to it, which really does look awesome on men’s hands (and kind of sexy, if I do say so myself!). Noticing he’d put a lot of thought into what kind of wedding band he wanted, I was definitely on board with the tungsten carbide idea. The only caveat I presented was suggesting he actually go and try one on at a store so he’d be sure that the tungsten ring was what he really wanted. Luckily for us, BM Mascara works at the local jewelry store in town, so we set up an appointment to go in and look at wedding bands with her during our town’s annual “Christmas on the Square” shopping event.

We were totally surprised by the variety of tungsten carbide rings they had in the store, and Mr. A was pretty much like a kid in a candy store trying on different styles and widths and telling BM Mascara what he liked and didn’t like about each one. She was able to lead us to a tungsten carbide beauty that fit all of his wishes: a thin, six-millimeter-wide, beveled-edge ring with a brushed matte center and high polish on the sides and inside. In all the excitement I forgot to take a picture (bad me!). But don’t worry—I’ll show you a picture of exactly what he tried on in a sec.

Since the company that made that particular ring didn’t advertise prices on their jewelry (they sell according to whatever tungsten carbide is worth at that exact moment, so the price varies from day to day), BM Mascara sent me a text a couple of days later after she looked up the price to let me know how much it was: a cool $225. Now, originally I didn’t think that was too expensive. I mean, if you think about how much engagement rings cost and how much my wedding band will probably be, $225 seemed like a steal. After all, Mr. A will be wearing this ring FOREVER, so if you break it down over the amount of time he’ll have it on his finger, the ring pretty much pays for itself. However, being the nifty bargain shopper that I am, I conducted an online search to see if I could find the ring cheaper anywhere else.

And that, my good people, is where I stumbled upon this famed $25 wedding band.

A vendor on Amazon sells the EXACT same ring Mr. A fell in love with in the jewelry store, down to the beveled edges and brushed-center finish. Here’s what it looks like:

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6MM Flat Brushed Center Beveled Edge Comfort Fit Ring from Seller DazzlingRock / Image via Amazon

Now, like me, you might be a bit wary of ordering jewelry online, but since the purchase is fulfilled by Amazon and is only $25, I figure I can’t lose here. This particular ring has 19 reviews on Amazon, each of them positive. Worst case scenario, the ring doesn’t come like I imagine and I send it back and go for a pricier version. I do feel a little guilty for spending so little on Mr. A’s wedding band, but if it’s exactly what he wants then the price shouldn’t matter, right?

What kind of wedding band did your significant other end up going with? Was it on the pricier side, or did you get a steal? Anyone else have any experience with tungsten carbide wedding bands? Are they as awesomely indestructible as they sound?

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Mrs. Armadillo

Location:
Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013

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    dcgirl655, Guest @ 1:11 pm

    I love that. and what a steal!

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    jbarker09 382 posts, Helper bee @ 1:15 pm

    I bought this exact ring for my fiance and I got it engraved on another site ($40) so total $65. He loves it, the quality is great and I really believe it’s just as good if not better than rings at a jewelry store!

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 1:15 pm

    I’d be a little skeptical of it being true tungsten carbide. When you get it, have a jeweler examine it to make sure that it’s what the dealer said it was. :) But if it is, that is an amazing good job at your research!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:20 pm

    What a steal!

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    futuremrsweston 433 posts, Helper bee @ 1:20 pm

    My fiance is looking to get a Tungsten ring as well. He’s in the military and wants to wear his wedding ring, but he doesn’t want it getting all dinged up. I hope that you update when you get the ring to let us know if it’s all that you had hoped for. If it is, we’ll consider taking a similar route :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:21 pm

    @jbarker09: No kidding! Would you be willing to share what site you got it engraved through and about how long the process took? Our local jewelry store can’t engrave tungsten carbide since you need a laser to do it.

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:21 pm

    Omg we got almost an identical ring for Mr. W off of Etsy!!!! We paid $40, though. I guess we were ripped off! Haha. My boss mentioned once that he’s lost his wedding band 6 times, and so we figured that could happen to us, especially since Mr. W has to take his off for work. I don’t think there’s any shame in a good bargain!

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:22 pm

    @Miss Armadillo: Also, we got ours engraved from another bee’s husband – I wrote a post about looking for an engraving company, and her husband did custom engraving (with my own handwriting!!) for $40. PM me if you want the website!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:23 pm

    @krislynn_sd: Ooh good call.I can take it up to our jewelry shop in town and get it appraised out of curiosity. Thanks for the tip!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:25 pm

    @Mrs. Wallaby: omg yes please! Sharing is caring! ;)

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    Merelymere 474 posts, Helper bee @ 1:25 pm

    That’s the same one we just looked at last weekend– let us know what you find out! If it’s the real deal, I think several Bee Husbands will be sporting that band! ;)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:26 pm

    @dcgirl655: @SuperDuperBrit: I’m seriously hoping it’s as good of a deal as it seems!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:27 pm

    @FutureMrsWeston: @Merelymere: I will for sure post an update when it gets here. Fingers crossed!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:31 pm

    My DH got a tungsten carbide band almost exactly like Mr Armadillo’s except his is 8mm wide and doesn’t have a brushed middle (he originally chose brushed, but then he tried it on in the polished metal and decided to go with that). It cost $95 on e-weddingbands.com. I’m starting to realize now that I could have gotten the same thing for even cheapre elsewhere! I though I caught a steal! The band in the store was $399.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:35 pm

    @ScottishMrs: It is downright blasphemous how much some brick and mortar stores try to upsell jewelry. I know they want to maximize profits and all, but seriously? Seems crazy to me.

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    alphagam84 281 posts, Helper bee @ 1:42 pm

    We bought DH’s ring off Amazon for $67-much cheaper than what we were quoted in-store. His ring is cobalt and we’re very happy with it.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:48 pm

    @alphagam84: Another Amazon patron, love it! They seriously have the best prices on just about everything.

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 2:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I have no idea what to get him as he’s very whateverworks on pretty much everything. (I only just figured out what he’s getting for Christmas. Seriously, shopping for him is a pain!) He does love amazon shopping though, so this may be a great go to.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 2:46 pm

    @jilleeann: Hooray! So glad to be able to help a fellow bee out. I’m a total Amazon junkie so I was super psyched to find this ring there. :)

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    red_pepper_gal 1754 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:00 pm

    We bought close to the same ring in white gold on e-weddingbands.com . That’s an incredible steal for such a good looking ring. ;)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:34 pm

    What a great deal, especially since it is exactly what Mr. A wants!

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    mrshollinger 1013 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:46 pm

    I was told in the jewlery store that those Tubgsten/Carbide rings cannot be cut off in the event of an accident.

    That TERRIFIED me. I work at a veterinary clinic and 2 years ago I got my hand nearly ripped off by a dog while at work. At the time I wore rings on my pinkie finger and my ring finger (both on my right hand) and both rings VERY NEARLY had to be cut off because my hand was so mangled/swollen. They did manage to slip them over my disgusting mangled fingers… BARELY.

    My huband-to-be works as a heavy machinery mechanic and will likely not be wearing his wedding band at work.. but… man… accidents happen SO FAST and it just gives me the shivers to think that they wouldn’t be able to cut that type of ring off.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 7:49 pm

    @red_pepper_gal: Awesome! I really do think it’s a classy, masculine-looking ring. Can’t wait to see it on Mr. A’s finger!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 7:50 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Totally psyched about it! I just hope I’m not buying a lemon!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 7:52 pm

    @mrshollinger: I’ve also heard that and told Mr. A about it, but he didn’t seem too worried. I also heard that they can be shattered, though. Not sure how much pressure it takes to shatter one of those babies, but hopefully we won’t have to find out!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:09 pm

    Wow that is a steal! Good on you for finding what you wanted so cheap!

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    Micheala, Guest @ 11:46 pm

    I’ve had my tungsten carbide ring for 2 years now and yes, they are worth the hype. My ring is still perfect condition and doesn’t have a single scratch! My fiance’s is the same way. I work a lot with my hands seeing as how I am a architect student, but my ring is flawless. Congrats on the steal! I got mine off Amazon too, but was much more complex. It had black and gold inlay and very ornate. A man from Kay Jewelers inspected my ring and behold it was the real deal. They even had the same ring in stock at Kay’s for $400! The shocker is I paid $19.00!

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    BeeEuphoric 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:31 am

    My fiance decided to go with titanium since it’s a bit lighter weight, but still pretty scratch resistant (although not as much as tungsten). We paid about $350 though because he wanted it set with 3 sapphires – totally worth it to get him what he loves. :) My only concern is that he’s pretty thin now and if he ever gains weight it’s possible his ring won’t fit in the future and it can’t be resized. :/

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 4:50 am

    love it! we almost did this – if you look at overstock you can get nice bands for UNDER TEN DOLLARS.

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 7:33 am

    That looks great, hope it turns out to be a winner. We’re definitely leaning this way too!

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    von1976, Guest @ 11:51 am

    These rings *can* be cut off in case of emergency. It was the first thing we checked on when we bought my cobalt chrome wedding ring and band. My fiancé will be getting a tungsten carbide ring, too. I bought his for $49, but they have the same one on Amazon for $25. They can be sized out a little bit by drilling out the inside, but at these prices, it’s probably cheaper to just buy a new ring!

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    jbarker09 382 posts, Helper bee @ 8:43 am

    @Miss Armadillo: @Miss Armadillo:

    sorry, I just saw this now!
    I got his ring engraved at http://www.titaniumkay.com/articles/engraving-tungsten.html
    and I 110% recommend them. I got my ring BACK in my hands exactly 6 days from when I shipped it out (and the company is in California and I’m in NY). They did an awesome job, I’m really happy with how it came out!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:03 pm

    @Jacofblues: @Steph01924: I can’t wait for it to come in the mail!

    @Micheala: OMG, what a total steal! Doesn’t that make you feel awesome??? Haha! Good to know the tungsten carbide rings are as awesome as they sound.

    @BeeEuphoric: Oh no! Mr. A’s ring won’t be able to be resized, either…but for $25, I’ll just buy him a new one if he loses weight!

    @Miss Gray Wolf: OMG! Didn’t even think of Overstock. That’s my other online shopping obsession.

    @von1976: Good to know it CAN be cut off if necessary. Mr. A doesn’t work where his hands are in high jeopardy of injury, but weird stuff happens. Thanks for letting me know!

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    gangqinjia 1170 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:16 am

    @krislynn_sd: Agreed! Be careful with those super cheap rings. There’s a reason they’re super cheap – they have a lower percentage of tungsten (as low as 3%) meaning that they are not as scratch resistant, not as durable, and lose their shine and color quickly. You get what you pay for!

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 9:18 am

    I forgot about overstock too! I know I stalked them when we were shopping engagement rings, but we happened across one that we like in an antique store.

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    blynn, Guest @ 2:17 pm

    My husband considered a tungsten ring since he’s a research chemist and tungsten is pretty non-reactive, however, the fact that they can’t ever be sized or even cut off in cases of emergency swayed our decision. We went vintage platinum, but it definitely hurt the pocketbook.

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    MissCT 335 posts, Helper bee @ 10:28 pm

    We bought both a titanium and tugsten carbide ring from amazon. I was not happy at all wit the titanium ring compared to the tugsten. It looked and felt so much stronger and it was exactly what was described, as opposed to the titanium, which I wasn’t sure was even the same ring that we ordered. Definitely love the choice of tugsten as a wedding ring! Ours was also brushed in the middle and polished on the sides, but made by a different seller. Amazon really rocks!

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    Melissa, Guest @ 2:10 pm

    Our original wedding rings (mine is getting replaced as an anniversary present this year) were two titanium rings that we got for $50 total together on etsy. No regrets there, I’m just getting a new ring because the one I originally wanted we couldn’t afford.

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