When titanium was first discovered in 1791 no one then would of realised its potential in making jewellery. In fact it wasn't until after one hundred years later that man was even able to mine titanium successfully. These days with modern technology and the correct machinery, beautiful titanium rings now can be crafted.
In its true form titanium is a grey metal and does look quite dull if its not finished correctly for jewellery. The titanium rings on our site are all crafted and finished so they shine and a sheen that therefore reflects a quality that some imports don't possess. Titanium rings can make excellent wedding rings as they can be finished in two differing styles one satin and one polished. The polished stripe looks like a silver inlay but in fact it is just titanium through and through.
Titanium truly is a space age metal. It has been found in meteorites and also moon rocks brought back from the Apollo moon landings. Because of its make up titanium can be used to make alloys for our modern day technological age but its use for jewellery is quite new. Our designers are very experienced in machining titanium for wedding rings. The machining allows absolute accuracy when combining titanium with precious metals in order to create beautiful inlaid titanium rings.
Titanium has its uses in many fields and none more so than in medicine due to its anti corrosive and hypoallergenic properties. Successful implants have been implanted into patients requiring prosthetics such as hip replacements. The making of jewellery really comes into its own with these properties as people who normally have skin reactions from wearing silver or gold can wear titanium safe in the knowledge that they won't suffer from any discomfort, especially if its a wedding ring that is to be worn all the time.
Titanium is an engineers dream due to the fact it has incredible strength perfect for creating tools and parts for the modern engineering industry. It is has been used in space exploration as parts for rockets and also the space shuttle. Titanium has been utilised for such a broad range of uses and now also for jewellery making, meaning that it has become one of the definitive metals of our modern age.
When it comes to setting diamonds titanium simply can't be beaten. Diamonds can be tension set in titanium due to its incredible strength. The titanium used for this is known as aircraft grade titanium, a grade of titanium used for such purposes as the manufacture of aeroplane parts. Whilst gold or silver it too soft for tension setting, titanium is strong enough to hold a diamond in place.
Another of the reasons that titanium makes such a superb metal of choice for creating jewellery and rings is its excellent properties for surface finishes. Using the correct tooling, lustrous satin finishes can be achieved as well as shiny polished surfaces. Combine the two for a very unique titanium ring that looks a whole lot more than it is really worth. The rings boast both a satin and a polished surface finish that gives the impression of a valuable precious metal inlay. Titanium rings therefore make great wedding rings sets at more affordable prices.
Titanium has become an increasingly popular metal to create mens jewellery too due to its masculine image used throughout the fashion industry. It is the jewellery of choice for many men also because of its durability for everyday wear. Whilst precious metals such as silver or gold can deteriorate badly, titanium will last. Titanium will scratch however, but not wear away in the style that silver does for instance. Our silver inlaid titanium wedding ring is now one of our most popular custom wedding rings. The titanium surrounds the silver to protect it from everyday wear.
Setting diamonds and inlaying gold or silver into a titanium ring is more difficult to do than with a gold or silver ring due to its strength. Specialist industrial tools and machinery are used for these processes. However once complete the titanium ring will last you a lifetime and looks great when its is also finished correctly such as the example of a gold inlaid titanium and diamond wedding ring with a wire brushed finish.
Titanium has become a useful metal of choice in our technological age but when it was first successfully mined in the nineteenth century its properties weren't fully realised. It is only in quite recent history that the engineering world discovered its amazing uses and in todays jewellery world, engineers are the only crafts people that can work with titanium due to its nature.