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Titanium's wearability


#1

hi to all! I would like to know if anyone out there has experience or
knowledge of how well titanium or niobium wears. I am interested in
setting an anodized piece in a ring using a bezel setting and wonder
if this is practical or does the oxide film wear off with just a
small amount of wear and tear. I have only used titanium and
niobium in earrings.

I just love the chance to pick the brains of you wise and wonderful
Orchidians!

Brigid Ryder


#2

The patina will off! If you want to keep color it must be protected
by the design. Use it lilke you would a dark patina on silver. Color
the piece then buff off the high lights. Bill


#3

Brigid,

I make only uncolored (unoxidized) titanium rings, but from my
experience with oxide coatings they tend to wear off in a matter of
days. It is possible to oxide coat the inside of a grooved section on
a ring and that greatly increases the durability, but it will never be
more than a few months at best. Ring wear and tear is very high
compared to any other jewelry piece.

Daniel J. Statman, Statman Designs
http://members.rennlist.com/statmandesigns