Our tungsten bands are 85.7% tungsten carbide, an extremely hard and durable metal. They are popular for their high resistance to scratching and their masculine gunmetal tone. Under severe pressure, tungsten bands will shatter, making them a safer alternative to softer metals which may bend and require cutting. All of Kellee Designs tungsten bands with rose, gold or black inlaid is completed with an IP plating, not traditional gold plating. IP plating is more durable and will not scratch as easily.