What Makes Titanium a Top Choice for Jewelry
Crafting Fine Titanium Jewelry
There are a number of different metals available for crafting fine jewelry, depending on the results you want to achieve. Naturally, gold and silver are common choices, but, for some time now, titanium has also been a top choice for men and women.
Titanium has several qualities that make it a popular metal for jewelry, but there are also some characteristics that present some challenges for jewelers. So, when you compare it to all the traditional metals, the question has to be asked:
Titanium is easily the strongest metal used in jewelry making, but that’s not the main reason people choose it. Jewelry is about appearance, so the metal has to deliver the look you want. Titanium can take on a number of distinctive colors without painting or dying it. The color is created through an anodizing process, which causes a structural change in the metal’s surface that makes it appear as other colors to the human eye. This means the color will not fade or chip, though it is still susceptible to scratches because the color only goes so far down.
Titanium is also very light, and some people have described it as feeling like it isn’t even there. In the case of things like titanium rings, its lightweight nature means that it can remain stable on the finger without rotating as much. This means that any settings or designs will stay right where they’re always visible.
Finally, titanium jewelry contains no nickel, which is the metal that’s usually responsible for the skin irritation that some people experience. Pure titanium is totally hypoallergenic and won’t cause irritation or discoloration. It also doesn’t react to salt water, which means that sweating won’t cause the metal to start irritating the skin, either.
What Can You Make With It?
Titanium is used in several types of jewelry. It’s most often used in its pure form (which is why it doesn’t cause skin irritation), and its natural color is a cool gray, but can be changed to display a wide range of colors, from bright blues and purples to deep black.
Titanium is used in some engagement rings, though not many because it can be very difficult to solder, making it hard to create the necessary prong settings. It is used for some wedding rings, but since they can’t be resized, that’s something that needs to be considered.
Many men’s rings are made in titanium because, well, it’s titanium. It’s the definition of strong and tough. Why wouldn’t they want titanium?
Titanium bracelets and earrings are also popular options since the metal is so light and doesn’t react against your skin.
Easy Care and Maintenance
So, while titanium is extremely tough, it’s not indestructible. It can be scratched, and that can remove some of the color. The simple solution to this is to avoid wearing rings and other jewelry when they could conceivably get scratched up.
Cleaning is a simple process and can be done with a soft cloth and some warm, soapy water. Don’t use any strong detergents, chemicals, or toothpaste to clean your jewelry, and if you want to go for that really shiny look, you may consider polishing them once or twice a year.
So, What’s the Challenge?
Unlike many other metals used in jewelry making (gold, platinum, silver, etc.), titanium is very difficult to work with when it comes to fine details. And since it is such a hard metal, it can quickly wear down any tools that are used on it. Then, since soldering it is rather difficult, it means that making multi-pieces creations is a good challenge.
On the bright side, this does mean that titanium jewelry is bend and dent (but not scratch) resistant. This also means that any stone setting in titanium will be resistant to loosening (which is a common problem with other metals).
Titanium may not immediately come to mind when you think of fine jewelry, but because of its strength and appearance, more and more people are starting to consider it before all those other traditional metals.