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Monday, 12 August 2013

Lightweight Luxury: Titanium Jewelry

What better way to claim “I am titanium” than to bedeck yourself with titanium jewelry? Titanium is one of the most modern metals to be used in fine jewelry. Be different and explore this lightweight luxury.

Titanium is growing in popularity due to being light weight, strong, corrosion resistant, scratch-resistant and 100% hypoallergenic. The most popular form of titanium jewelry is in the form of a ring, but dog tags, bracelets, cufflinks, earrings, money clips, necklaces and a whole array of other jewelry can also be made of titanium. Ring styles include classic oval, mokume-gane or wood grain appearance, sable or soft silk appearance and frost or frozen appearance. Gemstones and different types of inlays can also be applied to titanium rings, creating stunning details.

Titanium brings a unique elegance to your jewelry, while remaining affordable. It is a harder metal than gold and rather difficult to work with. Be aware that there are many different grades of titanium, which will make a difference in the quality of your jewelry. Two distinct categories include commercially pure and chemically pure. Commercially pure has categories 1 through 4, from softest to hardest, and can be used in jewelry applications, while chemically pure is more often used in medical applications. Standard jewelry-making techniques such as rolling or soldering cannot be used on titanium but some jewelers have adopted new techniques, specifically to offer this fashionable metal jewelry. The beauty of the finished product, therefore, really reflects the craftsmanship behind the piece.

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