Alternative Metals

Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber

Car and bike enthusiasts, finally we have some jewelry for you. Carbon Fiber rings are undoubtedly the lightest ring on the market. Although they are light, they are extremely durable. The tight weaves make carbon fiber rings strong enough to support the weight of a grown man standing on it.

 

Ceramic

Ceramic

This isn't your mother's ceramic... Black Diamond Ceramic is a state of the art material.  Ceramic will forever retain its color and shine. It is as scratch-resistant as tungsten carbide, but without the weight. Ceramic is non-metallic which is great for those who may have allergies and our military servicemen and women.  Like, Vitalium and Tungsten, styles are limited due to its hardness.  Ceramic rings can be removed with vice-grips.  Outside of jewelry, you will find Ceramic in the Dentistry and Aerospace.

 

Cobalt

Cobalt

Cobalt boasts a beautiful, Platinum-like color which goes throughout the ring.  Cobalt rings will not chip or crack, making it great for diamonds and custom work.  Cobalt is light-weight and hypoallergenic.  Cobalt rings are malleable up to a half-size.  In case of an emergency, cobalt rings can be removed with a diamond-tip ring cutter.  Cobalt is often used in the medical field.

 

Damascus Steel

Damascus Steel

Damascus Steel is created with different grades of steel being bonded together and later acid treated to create a unique pattern. The pattern is all the way through so you will not have to worry about it wearing away. Damascus Steel rings can be removed with a diamond ring cutter.  Damascus Steel dates back to 200 AD. For centuries, swords and knives taken to battle were forged of Damascus Steel. Today you can find Damascus in kitchen knives and pocket knives.

 

Mokume Gane

Mokume Gane

Mokume Gane (moh'-coo-may gah'-neh) is the ancient Japanese art of fusing precious metals. The Mokume technique was invented by Japanese artisans in the 17th century and created a revolution in feudal sword making. The intricate mokume gane designs on samurai swords were an indication of power and wealth. This process was adapted to create delicate and complex jewelry designs.  Mokume Gane translated means wood grain metal.  It is named after the patterns created by heating the layers of metal until they are bonded into a solid laminate billet of varying colors.  Once the various metals are bonded, craftsman create the piece through forging and carving to reveal hidden layers of color and pattern.

The lamination process involves securing several layers (between 10-30) of gold and silver between blocks and heating it in a kiln. With a careful combination of heat and pressure, the layers fuse but do not melt. A fused stack of metal, called a billet, is forged, twisted, hammered, and rolled to create a thin sheet. The delicate and original patterns are created by hand carving through the layers in the laminated stack. The carved laminate is then forged to flatten it out. The process of carving and rolling is repeated many times to create the finished pattern.

 

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

The most well-known of the contemporary metals, Stainless Steel is the best option for a tight budget.  Chances are you have a Stainless Steel appliance in your home.  Stainless is the most prone of all alternative metals to scratch.  Luckily, Stainless Steel can easily be polished and has a beautiful shine.  Better stainless jewelry is made from 316L grade steel.

 

Titanium

Titanium

Titanium was the first contemporary metal on the market.  It has a dark gray color (similar to Tungsten), is hypoallergenic and biocompatible.  Titanium is known for its extremely light weight, so it is commonly used in aerospace and sporting goods.  Better rings are made from aircraft-grade 5 Titanium, the most durable grade available.  Though hard, Titanium is a great material for customization.  Titanium can be cut off with a diamond-tip ring cutter.  And it is a great choice for someone who is looking something easy on the pocketbook. 

 

Tungsten

Tungsten

Tungsten is a Swedish word which literally means heavy stone.  Tungsten is the hardest, most scratch resistant material on the market.  Tungsten's natural color is a dark, gun metal gray; it's alloyed with a nickel base to offer a permanent high polish finish.  When purchasing a Tungsten band, be sure to buy from a reputable manufacturer because there are a lot of quality control issues with overseas Tungsten producers.  Tungsten, like Vitalium, has limitations on capabilities because of its hardness.  Tungsten can be removed with vice-grips in case of emergency.  Tungsten Carbide is often used in tooling and grinding.

 

Zirconium

Zirconium

Many are familiar with black tungsten and the problems associated with the tungsten staying black.  Zirconium is the answer!  Zirconium is a natural element which begins as a silver color.  Extreme heat causes oxidation and turns it black.  The oxidization layer is as hard as sapphire and is there to stay.  Zirconium is the best option on the market if you are looking for a black ring and want to get creative.  Zirconium can be cut with a diamond ring cutter.  Apart from the jewelry industry, Zirconium has military purposes.

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