Titanium is a lightweight, lustrous grey metal with a low density, great strength and high durability that was popularised for jewellery, particularly rings, in the 1990's.
It was found by William Gregor in Cornwall 1791, and Martin Heinrich Klaproth named his discovery after the Titans, the first sons of the Earth according to Greek mythology. However, it wasn't until 1910 that pure titanium was manufactured and in 1946 Kroll showed that pure titanium could be produced commercially.
As strong as steel but 45% lighter, it is also twice as strong as aluminium although 60% heavier. For this reason Titanium is exceptional amongst metals for the highest strength-to-density ratio. Consequently, it is particularly brilliant for manufacturing everyday jewellery such as wedding bands and engagement rings.
Yet, due to its hardness, methods for the production of titanium are slightly different from those used for the more traditional precious metals, such as gold and silver and instead are similar to the techniques used for stainless steel. As technology has developed, there are now a broader range of titanium ring-styles available, including those inlaid with sparkling diamonds or gemstones. Although Titanium is not malleable enough to set them in a claw or prong setting, it's the perfect choice for a sleek, simple and strong ring. It won’t lose its shape, but keep in mind it's harder to cut and resize, so just make sure it's a suitable and comfortable fit before purchasing!
Well known for its strong resistance to corrosion and its hardness, it is particularly resistant to any damaging effects from sea water and chlorine, making it beneficial for those who plan to wear their jewellery on the beach or in the swimming pool. The benefits of titanium don't end there! Because it isn’t mixed with substances that irritate skin, it can be worn comfortably by many without the fear of allergic reactions.
Despite Titanium's reputation for durability and its resistance to tarnishing, it is always a good idea to keep your jewellery and watches clean. Always store your jewellery in a pouch if you can, to prevent scratching and use a soft cloth for polishing. At H.Samuel we supply a wide range of cleaning products including sprays and wipes to keep your jewellery as dazzling as the day you bought it.