Titanium diamond rings could be the future of diamond rings…
It will probably surprise you that titanium diamond rings are all the rage in Europe and am sure America won’t be too far back.
Titanium was discovered inside another mineral in Cornwall, England in 1971 by an amateur geologist & pastor William Gregor.
He found black sand that was attracted by a magnet.
Iron oxide & another unidentified metallic oxide. In 1795, Martin Klaprothrediscovered it & named it after the mythological Titans.
It’s the 7th most abundant metal on earth but unfortunately extraction from its various ores is costly & labour intensive using the Kroll process.
The FFC process will benefit ring lovers as it is cheaper & more efficient.
So why titanium?
- Firstly, titanium is a strong metal that is quite ductile i.e. easy to mold& metallic white in color.
- It has a high strength to weight ratio meaning low quantities can be used to make jewelry & the end product will be quite strong.
- It is hard, a poor conductor of electricity and heat & non magnetic; all good qualities you’d want in a ring.
- Titanium resists corrosion really well & is almost as resistant as platinumat a fraction of the price.
- It is slow to react with air & water can withstand chlorine in water & acids.
- Titanium and diamonds work well together since they are both hypo-allergenic & titanium is non-toxic even in large doses.
This means they are good for those of you allergic to other metals.
- If you don’t like to remove your rings while swimming then titanium diamond rings are the way to go since they won’t react with chlorine.
- Its durability also means that you don’t have to remove your rings while doing any manual activity or sport unless its not allowed.
An interesting fact that makes titanium diamond rings more expensive than they should be is that you cannot melt titanium in air as it burns at 1200 degrees celcius way before it melts.
Titanium can only be melted in a vacuum or oxygen free atmosphere.
This trait also makes it tricky to work with when you are placing diamonds on to the titanium.
When it comes to ring & jewelry manufacture, some machining e.g. pulling, grinding and polishing will occur
When dealing with titanium, one has to be careful while machining as the metal can soften when sharp tools & improper methods of cooling are not used.
Titanium rings are going to play a big part in the future of the diamond jewelry industry so be on the lookout for good deals.