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    The Tungsten Carbide Mystery?

    This should be an interesting discussion. I just got back from a day of detecting at a Michigan State Park beach, got 2 Triton Tungsten Carbide rings that retail between $250-$350 each. I found so many of these fakers in recent years it's really quite puzzling to me, the notion that people are spending big money on these rings that have no scrap value or even much resale value, if any at all in many cases.

    Now I get the whole wear factor, tungsten carbide being extremely hard and durable, but at the same time I can still buy a 10K gold band, something with value, for pretty much the same money that folks are spending on these TC rings with zero precious metal value and little if any resale value. Who can explain this too me? I'm miffed. What am I missing?
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    Do you know why we never find tungsten carbide ladies wedding rings? Because men are stupid enough to accept these worthless trinkets.
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    They fuc.ing drive me crazy !! The guy i deal with dosen't even want them. The triton line is very well put together and make a beautiful product....that being said they are worthless except for the people getting paid to build them....now for the shocker !! My wife somehow talked me into getting one...she has a beautiful white gold and diamond band that cost me dearly !! I guess I shouldn't complain....got 2 beautiful bands I can wear already this summer !! The point is if the tungsten, and stainless had been gold I'd have double my gold count. Hopefully this trend will fade out, and be out of fashion !!

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ID:	1943068 my last couple hunts my gold turned to this.....the weight of the tungsten is very comparable to gold and they really feel heavy and expensive.....they're virtually worthless !! And the stainless is really cheap !!

    Got a spinner ring in stainless there too....spinner feature adds no scrap value at all !!

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    One more thing....last hunt I had a girl come up to me and say she lost her ring....she was frantic and almost crying....in less than 5 minutes I found her ring where she said it should be....it was stainless ?? Oh well at least she left happy and relieved !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherDaGold View Post
    Do you know why we never find tungston carbide ladies wedding rings? Because men are stupid enough to accept these worthless trinkets.
    I don't thing men are stupid, stupid, We don't care because it is a symbol of the union. That's all it means to us..be it rubber, junk, a brass washer or gold.

    Women relate the quality of the ring to how much we love them.... And it's us trying to make them happy...... lol
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    Back in the day, and I have to say it that way now because it's usually further back then I want to accept, these other metal rings maybe made up 20% of my modern beach ring totals. Now, probably closer to 80%. Another reason why I go after the old gold now. I'd hate to imagine how many grams of gold I'd have recovered if these other metal rings had all been gold, or at least silver. See there, that's how prevalent they are these days, actually has me begging for silver now!
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    I sold a Tungsten ring at a garage sale two years ago for $100. Some people must like them.��*♀️
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    maybe people wear those cause they think if I were gold I might get robbed , they did get robbed when they bought that worthless junk

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    I hate them! I have found a double handful of tungsten, titanium, and stainless rings over the last few years, and they are an unfortunate reminder that they all should have been gold and would have been if I had found them a couple decades ago. Down with tungsten!!!

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    The worst part about them is get your hand smashed and have to go to the hospital they can't get them off with normal cutters it's easier to cut off the finger than the ring they are to hard of a metal for their cutters.
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    I hate them too but some are beautiful and they're almost indestructible. Some people are allergic to gold or silver so they have to opt for a different metal. Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherDaGold View Post
    Do you know why we never find tungston carbide ladies wedding rings? Because men are stupid enough to accept these worthless trinkets.
    ive found womans tungstens - titaniums and stanless ones
    just not as many as mens
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    I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I did this only to get gold I would be miserable! I love getting any ring, jewelry, coin or interesting item. Gold is a treat! I often wear some of the jewelry, even if it is not gold or silver, as long as it is pretty. That being said, many of the Tungsten rings are ugly, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by claire View Post
    I don?t know about the rest of you, but if I did this only to get gold I would be miserable! I love getting any ring, jewelry, coin or interesting item. Gold is a treat! I often wear some of the jewelry, even if it is not gold or silver, as long as it is pretty. That being said, many of the Tungsten rings are ugly, lol
    I go for the gold, find loads of other interesting and worthy things along the way, but my priority is always gold, platinum, or silver.
    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

 

 
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