Titanium was discovered in the 1790’s and named for the fierce mythological Titans by a German chemist named Martin Klaproth. It wasn’t until the 1930s, however, that a process was developed that could reduce titanium to a usable metal form. Since then the metal has been prized for having the greatest strength to weight ratio of any known metal and has been used for such varied applications as aircraft, golf clubs, automobiles, baseball bats and jewelry.
Strength and Weight
Titanium engagement rings are known for their strength and durability, desirable qualities in a piece of jewelry that many women wear every day. They are resistant to dents, scratches and other damage that can occur with regular wear. Because Titanium is lighter than other metals, many jewelry lovers find it more comfortable to wear.
Titanium is the shade of white metals like white gold or platinum, which are coveted in engagement rings because they accentuate the color of a white diamond, rather than throwing an undesirable yellow hue on it like yellow gold can.
Creating Titanium Rings
While rings made from traditional metals are usually heated, rolled and soldered into the desired shape, the strength of titanium makes it more practical to begin with a solid block of titanium and then cut the ring out of it.
While titanium offers many advantages in jewelry applications, it has a few drawbacks. One disadvantage of titanium rings is that they are difficult to resize should the owner wish to do so at some point in the future.
Other Titanium Jewelry
If you fall in love with your titanium engagement ring and want to find other pieces to coordinate with it, you’ll be pleased to learn there are all kinds of titanium jewelry on the market. Look for titanium rings, pendants, necklaces, belly-button rings, cufflinks and bracelets to add to your jewelry box.
Are titanium engagement rings impossible to cut through?
Not at all. As titanium engagement rings have become more popular among brides and grooms, a rumor has made the rounds that if the wearer’s finger swells to the point that the ring must be removed in order to avoid cutting off circulation, a titanium band is impossible to cut through. This is not true. According to snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/weddings/horrors/titanium.asp , titanium rings can be removed with a boltcutter or jeweler’s saw, and so are safe to use as wedding jewelry. A variety of titanium alloys are produced and it’s important the right titanium is used for jewelry. Aircraft grade titanium, for example, is much more difficult to saw through and should be avoided.
Titanium dioxide is responsible for the coveted star shapes found in star sapphires and star rubies