questionswhat kind of metal wedding band should i get for…

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I have a Titanium ring that has stood up to tons of abuse, but I think I have a better solution for you.

How about a pair of welding gloves?

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@mtm2: that's the best way to get him to lose it. :)

@saturn5798 My wife decided to get me a tungsten carbide ring because i'm constantly working with my hands, and gold rings get destroyed on me. The material is of similar hardness to sapphire, and only slightly lower on the hardness scale than diamond (it has to be etched with diamond abrasive for instance)

I've worn it through home renovations, working on the car, etc and haven't been able to make a single hairline scratch on it. It has a melting point of about 5000 degrees (f) so it should be able to survive slag. Make sure it is all carbide, because if it's a combination of, or relies on a dusting of other metal to polish and pattern, these may discolor with the heat.

Mine was all carbide, and with a simple enough pattern (celtic knot) etched into it - no gloss or polish.

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@morriea: I've never worn gloves while welding. Burns are only temporary.

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Tell him not to where it while working?

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I have a Titanium ring as well but it has an internal wood inlay. I always wanted a wood ring but the practicality of having one and working with your hands didn't mesh and having the wood inlay on the outside would run into the same problems. You can find any number of people selling titanium rings online. If you go to etsy you can commission someone to make it customized and special.

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@rustybender: I was wondering why someone would weld without gloves myself....OSHA would shut him down FAST!

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I've got Titanium, but when I was working in an environment that I couldn't wear jewelery of any kind (electronic repair on aircraft), mine went on my key ring so I wouldn't have to look for it.

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platinum is much more durable than gold as well.

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A friend of mine has a titanium wedding ring. Not only can it withstand the trials and tribulations of marriage, he can open bottled beer without a bottle opener.

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I know you said metal, but have you thought about a ceramic ring? I'm not sure how it would hold up to the slag, but it may be an option.

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Definitely Tungsten (Carbide). You can not damage it. The only down side to tungsten: It's heavy. Noticeably heavier than every other common ring material. I love mine, it looks great, and yes, I can open beer bottles with it. Mine still looks brand new after 1 year, and I also work with my hands (Power Systems Technician)

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Buy him an 18K carat chain. Put the ring on the chain. Make him wear it.

He's a welder...his hands are in danger every day.

All told.

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The tungsten idea is also being discussed here (http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/60361ba9-718e-4555-9415-3085e6471ef3/any-recommendations-on-a-mans-wedding-band-benefits-drawbacks-to-tungsten) and the big downside seems to be that while indestructible...it's also indestructible.

So if anything goes wrong, the ring "cannot be cut off of your finger if you need it removed in an emergency. (broken finger or something) Instead, you have to whack it with a hammer or squeeze it with pliers to crack it apart due to its extreme hardness."

Also, if you gain or lose weight you need a new ring (if can't be resized).

I have no idea how various inlays play into both how it would hold up given the welding and how that would factor into what EMT's do in an emergency. But I'd look more into the practicality factors of actually wearing a ring all day, and if changing metals, ask someone who knows about all the advantages and drawbacks to the metal.

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My husband's tungsten carbide wedding band has a (14kt I think?) gold inlay with a row of diamonds. Six years later and the gold is scuffed up, the diamonds haven't moved, and the tungsten looks as good as it did when we picked it up. I know it's survived a soldering iron/solder and tons of arcade/pinball repair.

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Have you thought of a tattoo instead of a physical wedding ring?