Tungsten and titanium are two of the most popular contemporary materials used to make men's rings. While they have a similar appearance, there are many differences between the two metals that should be considered by anyone shopping for a new ring.
Tungsten carbide (also known as tungsten) is an extremely durable metal that is highly scratch-resistant. In fact, tungsten is much harder than 18K gold or tool steel and ranks between 8 and 9 on the Mohs hardness scale (with diamonds being at 10). As such, it is nearly impossible to scratch a tungsten ring, and is able to withstand extreme levels of wear and tear.
Titanium is a lightweight yet durable metal that is naturally hypoallergenic and does not react with the skin in any way. This makes it an excellent option for those who have allergies or sensitivities to nickel or other common alloys used in jewelry making. Titanium is also highly corrosive-resistant and is not prone to tarnishing or breaking.
One thing to note about titanium is that it cannot be resized, so if you're planning on buying a ring from Patrick Adair Designs and need to have it resized you'll need to purchase a brand new ring. This is because resizing titanium requires more complicated techniques than traditional soldering and can be quite expensive. This is why it's important to find a trusted jeweler who offers this service. For this reason, if you're looking for a truly heirloom quality ring, then titanium may not be the best choice.