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Contemporary metals

Contemporary metals refer to metals that are not traditionally used in jewellery making but have gained popularity particularly for wedding bands and other types of men's jewellery in recent years due to their unique properties and modern aesthetic.

One of the key benefits of contemporary metals is their durability. Many of these metals, such as titanium and tungsten, are highly resistant to scratching, which makes them ideal for everyday wear while offering a sleek modern look. They are also less likely to bend or break than traditional precious metals like gold and silver, especially for those who work more physically intensive jobs.

Another advantage of contemporary metals is their affordability. While precious metals can be very expensive, contemporary metals offer a more budget-friendly alternative without sacrificing style or quality. This has made them particularly popular for men's wedding bands, which are often less ornate than women's wedding bands and therefore don't require the same level of precious metals.

Titanium is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. Found in nature only as an oxide, it can be reduced to produce a lustrous transition metal with a greyish-silver colour.

Due to its lightweight nature and strength, titanium is an ideal metal for anyone with an active lifestyle, as it is comfortable to wear and does not cause irritation. Additionally, titanium has excellent resistance to corrosion, is extremely durable and does not easily tarnish. For those who are allergic to metals such as gold or silver, titanium can provide a viable alternative for jewellery, as it is hypoallergenic and unlikely to cause any adverse reactions.

Titanium rings will often come in two varieties of colour, the traditional greyish-siler, and black. The production of Black Titanium is achieved through a natural method of vapor-deposition that incorporates vacuum chamber technology. This process allows the blackening to reach deeper into the ring's structure, thereby granting it a longer lifespan than other comparable items.

Tantalum is a chemical element with the symbol Ta and atomic number 73. It is a hard, blue-gray metallic element that is found in trace amounts in minerals. Tantalum is used in many industrial and medical applications, such as in capacitors, surgical instruments, and nuclear reactors. Tantalum has a very high melting point, making it highly resistant to scratches, corrosion, and oxidation.

Its high durable makes it ideal for making jewellery that will last a long time. Additionally, Tantalum is hypoallergenic, making it perfect for people with sensitive skin. We use tantalum in jewellery to create rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces with a unique and contemporary look.

Tantalum Rings generally come in both Grey and Black Colour. Black Tantalum is achieved through an organic process of proprietary heating and cooling techniques. Black Tantalum is still pure Tantalum and no chemicals or coatings have been used in achieving the natural “Blackened” look.

Tungsten, also known as wolfram, is a chemical element denoted by the symbol W and having an atomic number of 74. It has a light grey-white colour and is incredibly hard—making it a great choice for anyone who is active.

Tungsten is scratch-resistant, won’t bend or break, and is hypoallergenic—meaning it is unlikely to cause skin irritation. Tungsten is remarkable for its robustness, particularly that it has the highest melting point of any know carbon barring element. Tungsten is one of the densest metals used in jewellery, making it almost twice as dense as gold, more than three times denser than silver and four times denser than titanium. However, this does mean that it will shatter rather than bend.

Cobalt is a chemical element with the symbol Co and atomic number 27.

Cobalt is much harder than gold, silver, and other jewellery metals, making it more durable and less prone to scratches and dents. Cobalt is often used in combination with other metals, such as stainless steel, to create unique looks. Cobalt rings generally offers two stunning options: a rich blackened colour and a natural, shimmering white/silver. The silver version of Cobalt, similar in colour to platinum, does not require rhodium plating as it is tarnish resistant and will maintain colour over time.

Blackened Cobalt is simply Cobalt but with a PVD process applied to it. The composition of Black Cobalt is no different than that of basic cobalt. Black Cobalt is also hypoallergenic, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin or an active lifestyle.

Bronze is an alloy primarily made up of copper and tin. Coper comprising generally around 88% and about 12–12.5% tin. Often there are small percentages of other metals (including aluminium, manganese, nickel, or zinc), These additions produce a range of alloys that may be harder than copper alone.

Bronze is a popular choice for jewellery because of its warm colour and durability. Bronze jewellery can be worn in any season and is resistant to tarnishing, making it a great choice for long-lasting pieces. It is also very affordable, making it a great choice for those on a budget. Bronze rings are also hypoallergenic, which makes them ideal for people with sensitive skin. Additionally, bronze jewellery is often adorned with intricate designs that can really make a piece stand out.

Damascus Steel
Damascus Steel is made by forging two different types of metals together by hammering and folding the metal layers together. This process creates a patterned surface with a unique look and feel.

Damascus steel is a wonderful material used for making rings that will be worn daily, as its strength and durability make it resistant to wear and tear and is also highly resistant to corrosion, making it a good choice for jewellery that will be exposed to water or other elements. The unique patterns created through the Damascus forging process will also gives each piece a unique, one-of-a-kind look that is uniquely yours.

Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber is an extremely strong, lightweight material made from strands of carbon atoms. Its sought-after properties include its strength, stiffness, and low weight. It is five times stronger than steel and one-third its weight. Carbon fiber is used in a variety of products due to its strength and light weight, including golf clubs, hockey sticks, automotive components, and even jewellery. Carbon fibers are created by heating strands of carbon to extremely high temperatures and then cooling them in a controlled environment. The resulting fibers have high tensile strength, high strength to weight ratio, high chemical resistance, and high-temperature tolerance. As its popularity increases, more applications for carbon fiber are being explored, from medical implants to fine jewellery.