How Are Wedding Bands Made?

There are various materials to consider when it comes to wedding rings. First, there are the old types of gold and silver. Then there's tungsten carbide and black zirconium, which are newer, cooler-sounding metals. Chemically, the typical names given to these materials conceal a more complex chemical nature. A gold wedding band is more than just gold, silver is more than just silver, and tungsten carbide contains a hidden element too. A ring is forged by repeatedly striking the metal to force it into the right shape, keeping it tough and dense all the way through.

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This process is usually done by hand. A band begins as a piece of metal bar, such as gold, and is then bent into the desired size circular shape using extreme pressure. The band is then closed to form a complete circle, with the point where the ends meet soldered with a filler of the same material. Flux paste is used to prevent oxidation and discoloration at the extreme heat required for soldering. The ring is then gently eroded in a weak strong acid to eliminate excess flux and even out the band. The ring will be ready for your finger after some buffing and polishing!.