Archive for April, 2013

Iron Man’s Armor

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Iron Man 3 Poster
The much anticipated 3rd installment in the Iron Man saga is coming soon to a theater near you! Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, the billionaire playboy philanthropist turned super hero via state of the art military exoskeleton. The villain for Iron Man 3 is none other than the Mandarin, one of Iron Man’s recurring arch-nemesis. Played by Ben Kingsley, the Mandarin will prove to be one of Iron Man’s fiercest foes.

Apart from the jaw-dropping trailer and the excitement of the Mandarin finally making his movie debut, the highlights also lie in the many glimpses of Iron Man suits this movie will offer. From different colorways and sizes, the new Iron Man suits are said to play a vital part in the upcoming blockbuster hit.

Iron Man Suits
While an army of Iron Man suits battling for supremacy has every tech junkie and Marvel Comics fan gushing with excitement, an even bigger question arises: Is such technology possible? And if so, what would be the materials used to give a human being flight, superhuman strength, repulsor blasts, and even space travel? While much of the technological needs for such feats is still being researched, there are some feats that can be accomplished with today’s technology. For instance, the materials needed for an exoskeleton armor to launch from Earth into outer space can be accomplished thanks to tungsten carbide. Because of its high melting point, a coat of tungsten carbide allows rockets to burn enough fuel and generate enough of power to blast from the ground and out of the atmosphere. Without it, the fire burning would melt not just the burners, but the ship itself.

Cost of being Iron Man
This could also be applied to Iron Man’s rockets within his feet, hands, and back (depending on which armor, of course). In order for Iron Man to break the sound barrier, his rockets would have to burn at super high temperatures, temperatures that only tungsten carbide would be able to withstand. Tungsten is still the hardest alloy with the highest melting point (5198 degrees Fahrenheit). Iron Man would also find much use for tungsten as a coating for his armor, since it ranks 2nd to diamonds on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Hercules Tungsten Ring with Gold Inlay

The technology that could be used in Iron Man’s armor is useful in today’s everyday life. As jewelry, tungsten carbide is a fine choice, especially for those who serve their families and their country. Because it is so scratch resistant, tungsten rings are a great alternative wedding band for individuals with jobs where they are constantly using their hands. The affordable price point also makes it a great option for those looking to save for their big day. And the lifetime warranty that we offer here at Tungsten World makes it a superb ring to buy without the hassle and worry.

Although we may not see exoskeleton armor like Iron Man’s for another 50 years in reality, Iron Man 3 will still strike wonder and inspiration for mankind to draw towards that goal in the future. In the meantime, we can use state of the art technology and metals to assist us in our everyday lives and well-being.

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Breaking Barriers and Setting Standards

Monday, April 15th, 2013

More than 60 years ago, in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the racial color barrier and debuted as an African American Brooklyn Dodger. His story has been told countless times, but last weekend’s box office opening for the movie ‚Äú42‚Äù was a grand slam. The Jackie Robinson movie features veteran actor Harrison Ford and John McGinley, along with familiar faces Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie. In honor of Jackie Robinson, the MLB has set April 15th as Jackie Robinson Day, where all players on both teams wear the number 42 (which has been retired league-wide, the 1st of which to have been done in all sports).


Jackie Robinson’s legacy is one in which barriers were broken and a new age of standards were being set. Here at Tungsten World, we love to here stories of groundbreaking events that change the course of history. Though tungsten carbide has been used in light bulbs since the 1920s, it has only been applied to jewelry within the last 10 years. Rings made of tungsten carbide had many realistic advantages (such as resistance to scratches and permanent polish), but its acceptance to buyers was met with skepticism due to emotional attachments towards traditional metals. Gold and silver dominated the ring and wedding band industry, and continues to be one of the most sought after rings for jewelry gifts and newlyweds.


But as time went on, more and more jewelry customers began to see the usefulness of tungsten rings. The draw of a long lasting ring appealed to many in physical labor jobs, and the affordable price point made it a no brainer for couples trying to save as much as possible for their wedding day. Rings made of tungsten carbide are being slipped onto the fingers of more and more jewelry enthusiasts and married couples everyday and is widely accepted across the jewelry industry as a leading modern precious metal.

If you have your reservations against anything that hasn’t been around for long or isn’t popular to the masses, just remember this: Jackie Robinson changed history because he was able to help the Dodgers win despite the racism and hate surrounding blacks competing with whites. The same goes for tungsten jewelry: if it’s beautifully crafted, can help you save a hefty amount of cash, AND last you a lifetime, it should be worn as jewelry!

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Don’t Be Fooled This April!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

On April 1st, it’s hard to trust anybody. That is, of course, if you forget that it’s April Fool’s Day. Then you just believe every crazy story that pops up in your Facebook feed, like your friend who posts a picture of his newly purchased Dodge Viper, or the girl who says she has a date with Justin Bieber. These stories are just too good to be true, and even when it’s not an April Fool’s joke, one has to question its authenticity.

Many people think that tungsten rings are too good to be true as well. A metal that can withstand any surface and be scratch free for a fraction of the price? It definitely sounds like a scientist’s kind of prank. But the honest truth is that it’s real. Tungsten carbide is the 2nd hardest mineral known to man (right after diamonds), and its appeal also lies in its affordability. Most consumers would think that a precious metal with these features would cost much more, but the fact is that tungsten wedding bands can cost 60% less than traditional metal rings, such as white gold or platinum.

This spring, don’t be fooled by stories told by word of mouth. If your wedding ceremony is coming up and you are still in need of a particular wedding band for your and/or your significant other, make sure to visit our vast collection of beautiful rings in tungsten and cobalt styles It will be hard to believe but rest assured, this is NOT an April Fools prank! Tungsten rings are the real deal!

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