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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Titanium – The Latest Material in Jewelry

When you think about titanium, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Aircrafts? Medical equipment? What about jewelry? Don’t be surprised. Titanium is fast becoming one of the hottest new materials being used in jewelry design. Titanium wedding rings are rapidly gaining popularity due to their excellent finish, durability and cost benefit. Since titanium is relatively abundant in nature, it is considerably cheaper than gold jewelry.

The Pro’s

• Titanium has a distinctive finish which sets it apart from gold, silver and platinum. It tends to have a darker tinge of grey as compared to white gold, silver and platinum. Also it has a kind of matte finish which most people really like.
• Titanium is a 100 percent hypoallergenic material. Gold and silver mostly have nickel added to them which causes allergic reactions in some people. The titanium used in jewelry design is generally 99 percent pure and is of surgical grade. So, it’s ideal for people who suffer from skin allergies.
• Titanium is a very light weight material and so it is very comfortable for the wearer.
• Titanium is also one of the strongest materials known to man. That’s why titanium jewelry requires very little care. It will never tarnish like silver does, neither will it ever rust. All you need to do is wipe it regularly with a mixture of mild detergent and water. You could get it polished once a year to keep your jewelry looking brand new.

The Con’s

• Its amazing durability also proves to be its disadvantage. Titanium rings for example cannot be resized easily. Their size can be increased a bit but reducing their size is virtually impossible.
• Due to this reason, people who experience very frequent fluctuations in their weight should ideally avoid titanium jewelry.
• Also titanium jewelry is not recommended for people who work with machinery. In an emergency, if a titanium bracelet for example gets caught in a piece of machinery, it will be very hard to cut it off. Gold or silver jewelry on the other hand is very malleable and therefore a relatively safer option.

About The Author
Sharon Reid is an expert in jewelry and diamonds.

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