If you are in the market for jewelry or have a tendency to do a lot of browsing, whether it is in person going to jewelry stores or the jewelry section of your favorite department store or through the increasingly more efficient and convenient online shopping, where you can shop from the comfort of your home, you have undoubtedly come across tungsten. A quick search online or maybe by even asking your local jeweler will reveal that tungsten has become increasingly more and more of a big player in the jewelry industry.
There are many reasons why tungsten has increased in popularity. While it is considered a “scarce” metal, tungsten is not considered a “precious” metal, like gold, silver or platinum. Because of this, tungsten’s price is significantly lower than the price of those more precious metals. However, just because it is cheaper does not mean that it does not look amazing. Another reason for the meteoric rise of tungsten jewelry is that, due to its hardness and chemical makeup, tungsten wedding bands are extremely durable. The shiny polish you get on your ring will maintain. Some go so far as to call it “un scratch able” but that is not technically true. Tungsten carbide jewelry is extremely difficult to scratch, but diamonds can scratch tungsten, as diamonds are one of the few substances on Earth that is harder than tungsten.
Because tungsten of its low cost and durability, tungsten has become increasingly popular as described above. The retailers of such products have increased dramatically over the past few years, with the rise of internet shopping in general aiding in the increase. While you may be in a hurry to purchase tungsten to take advantage of great deals that many retailers offer, do not worry, tungsten itself will be around for quite some time.
As you may be aware, tungsten makes up a very tiny portion of the Earth’s crust. But, it is important to keep in mind that the Earth’s crust is enormous. It is estimated that Tungsten, in its current capacity, will be around for quite some time. It is estimated by geologists that there are at least 3.3 million tons of tungsten reserves throughout the world. Currently, at our current consumption rate, it is estimated that the tungsten reserves will last over 100 years. There are plenty of estimated reserves that are basically too expensive or difficult to recover.
While it’s true that tungsten reserves will at some point be exhausted, it will be far beyond our lifetimes. In the meantime, the only concerns related to tungsten running out, should be that you miss out on sales at your favorite online retailer.