Titanium is very strong, durable, does not tarnish and is hypoallergenic. The nice sheen is a lovely alternative to white gold, silver and platinum.
Titanium Wedding Bands
Titanium rings are much harder than gold, silver, or platinum, and resistant to dents and dings.
Titanium is probably one of the least known of the metals used in wedding bands and rings. Superior strength-to-weight ratio and hypoallergenic properties make titanium ideal for these modern applications. Titanium has been one of the key materials used in allspace launchers, spacecrafts, and the space station.
What are the benefits of using titanium?
- Titanium is available in a range of colors unmatched by the other metals used in making wedding rings.
- Titanium can be blended with gold to produce unique and stylish ring designs.
- Titanium can be engraved and is hypo-allergenic.
- A titanium ring can be worn in swimming pools, baths, spas and the ocean without fear of being damaged and they are far more resistant to scratch and dents than gold, silver or platinum rings.
Weighing in at 30% of platinum weight, titanium is the feather weight of the ring world. As with any ring, titanium can be scratched.
Care should be taken not to wear your ring while doing haevy type work or when you are working outdoors. Your ring can be put through a re-oxidisation process to bring it back to its original state if it should have minor scratches.
Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Titanium Wedding Band
- Titanium is extremely durable and strong as steel.
- It has a lovely sheen, beautiful for both men and women.
- People who like white gold or silver will love Titanium.
- Even tho strong it is very lightweight.
- Will not tarnish.
- Titanium is hypoallergenic.
- Titanium alloys are used in aircraft, armour plating, naval ships, spacecraft and missiles.
- Perfect for the active person.
- Men seem to really prefer Titanium.
- Titanium is many times stronger than gold, platinum or silver.
A Short History of Titanium
An amateur geologist Reverend William Gregor, discovered Titanium at Creed, Cornwallin England, in 1791. He recognized the presence of a new element in ilmenite, and named it menachite (alternately spelled manaccanite), after the nearby parish of Manaccan.
About the same time, Franz Joseph Muller also produced a similar substance, but could not identify it. The element was independently rediscovered in rutile ore several years later by German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth. Klaproth confirmed it as a new element and in 1795 he named it for the Titans of Greek mythology.
The metal has always been difficult to extract from its various ores. Pure metallic titanium (99.9%) was first prepared in 1910 by Matthew A. Hunter by heating TiCl4 with sodium in a steel bomb at 700–800 °C in the Hunter process. Titanium metal was not used outside the laboratory until 1946 when William Justin Kroll proved that titanium could be commercially produced by reducing titanium tetrachloride with magnesium in the Kroll process which is the method still used today.
In 1950–1960’s the Soviet Union attempted to corner the world titanium market as a tactic in the Cold War to prevent the American military from utilizing it. In spite of these efforts, the U.S. obtained large quantities of titanium when a European company set up a front for the U.S. foreign intelligence agencies to purchase it. Indeed, titanium for the highly successful U.S. SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft was acquired from the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
By 1956 U.S. production of titanium mill products was more than 6 million kg/yr. Because it is considered to be physiologically inert, the metal is used in joint replacement implants such as hip ball and sockets. Titanium is also used for the surgical instrumentsused in image-guided surgery and even watches are coated with Titanium. Many backpackers use titanium equipment, including cookware, eating utensils, lanterns and tent stakes.
Owing to its strength and inertness to seawater, as well as its substantial ore deposits in Russia, it was the principal material used in the construction of many advanced Russian submarines, including deepest-diving military submarines to date, Alfa and Mike class.