Know your Metals by Jewelry Innovations, supplier of Serinium

Know your Metals

Know your Metals

Do you know your contemporary metals? With so many metal options available today here is a breakdown to help you understand what metal is best for you.

Serinium®
Cobalt
Stainless Steel
Titanium
Tungsten Carbide
Zirconia Ceramic

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Serinium®

Durability
Serinium® tough, hard and scratch-resistant. Serinium® is twice as hard as Cobalt Chrome, 5 times harder than Titanium, 6 times harder than Platinum, 7 times harder than Gold and 9 times harder than Silver. Serinium® will never oxidize, tarnish, or lose color.
Emergency Removal
Serinium® is easily and safely removed in emergencies by applying pressure with hand held vise grips. It will not bend in the removal process and breaks off cleanly in 2-3 pieces with no sharp edges.
Colorserinium metal
Serinium® is a silver-white color, nearer in color to Platinum than any other contemporary metal.
Retail Price
$315 and up
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Branded Names
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Cobalt

Durability
Cobalt Chrome is less scratch-resistant than Serinium® and Tungsten Carbide, but more scratch-resistant than Titanium, Stainless Steel and precious metals.
Emergency Removal
Cobalt is the most difficult jewelry ring to remove in emergency situations. Cobalt cannot be broken off and cannot be cut with basic metal cutting implements, but rather requires diamond cutting tools and a trained professional. Extremely high heat is generated during the cutting process, which can cause 3rd degree burns to the wearer’s hand.
Cobalt metalColor
Cobalt is a silver-white color, similar to Platinum.
Retail Price
$34 and up
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Branded Names
Cobalt Chrome, Cobablu™


Stainless Steel

Durability
Stainless Steel is harder than Silver and lightweight, but will scratch easily.
Emergency Removal
Stainless Steel is quite difficult to remove in emergencies. Stainless Steel will not break off and cannot be cut with basic metal cutting implements, but rather requires diamond cutting tools and a trained professional. Extremely high heat is generated during the cutting process, which can cause 3rd degree burns to the wearer’s hand.
Colorstainless steel metal
Typically Stainless Steel is significantly darker than White Gold, but still slightly whiter than Tungsten Carbide.
Retail Price
$14.95 and up
Hypoallergenic
No
Branded Names
Oliveti, Steel by Design®, Alor


Titanium

Durability
Titanium is lightweight, harder than Silver but much softer than Serinium®, Cobalt and Tungsten Carbide, so it scratches easily. Will not tarnish or break.
Emergency Removal
Titanium is quite difficult to remove in emergency situations. Titanium cannot be broken off or cut with basic metal cutting implements, but rather requires diamond cutting tools and a trained professional. Extremely high heat is generated during the cutting process, which can cause 3rd degree burns to the wearer’s hand.
Colortitanium metal
Titanium is slightly lighter in color than Tungsten Carbide.
Retail Price
$19.99 and up
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Branded Names
Triton®, Boccia®, Rugged™


Tungsten Carbide

Durability
Tungsten Carbide is extremely scratch-resistant, heavy and hard, but brittle. Susceptible to oxidation and accidental breakage.
Emergency Removal
Tungsten Carbide is too hard to cut and must be broken off, but tends to shatter into sharp pieces that can cause further injury.
Colortungsten carbide metal
Tungsten Carbide is gray in color and can hold a polish until it oxidizes, which happens from exposure to air. When oxidized, it turns a dark, milky, gray-blue color. It is hard to polish to original state.
Retail Price
$19.99 and up
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Branded Names
Triton®, Tungsten Carbide


Zirconia Ceramic

Durability
Zirconia Ceramic is extremely scratch-resistant, very light-weight and may crack or break easily.
Emergency Removal
Zirconia Ceramic can be cracked off easily with a pair of vise grips.
Colorzirconia ceramic metal
Zirconia Ceramic is available in many colors and solid in color, will not change or oxidize.
Retail Price
$49 and up
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Branded Names
Ceramique, Black Diamond Ceramic™


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The Serinium® Jewelry Story

Jewelry Innovations has been at the forefront of contemporary metal jewelry design for over 20 years. Contemporary metals offer a combination of hardness and appearance not available with traditional metals, and have become the hottest trending jewelry in America.

But along with these unique properties came drawbacks. Contemporary metals often oxidize and tarnish, may be easily chipped and shattered because of their brittleness, and most importantly, raise significant safety concerns. Rings made from many of these new alloys cannot be removed in an emergency using the techniques that work with gold or silver, or the tools that are generally available in hospital emergency rooms. In a situation where doctors are trying to remove a ring to save an injured finger, every second counts.

With the growing success of these exciting new materials, our jewelry experts began to ask themselves; “what if we could create the perfect contemporary jewelry metal, with all of the finest qualities of other jewelry metals but none of the disadvantages?” A brilliant white metal that would be more beautiful than anything else available, ultra-hard to resist scratching and wear, hypoallergenic, non-tarnishing and most of all, completely safe. In 2011 they set out to achieve this goal and the result is Serinium® — The Precious Contemporary Metal™.

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Let’s take a look at the Serinium® wedding ring characteristics:

  • Serinium ® is ultra-hard and will last a lifetime. Its brilliant white color will never tarnish, oxidize or yellow.
  • Serinium ® wedding rings are Comfort Fit bands for ultimate wearability, whether your activity is trail running, fishing, water sports, hunting, hiking, or winter outdoor activities.
  • Serinium ® is the next generation jewelry metal that moves beyond gold and platinum to new heights of beauty, durability and sustainability.
  • Serinium ® is hypoallergenic.
  • Serinium ® is covered by a lifetime warranty and size exchange policy.
  • Serinium ® is protected by U.S. Patent No. 9,289,037

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Serinium® is the finest and safest of the contemporary jewelry metals, combining the best qualities of other contemporary metals with none of the drawbacks. Ultra-hard and bright silver-white in color, Serinium® is hypoallergenic, will never oxidize or tarnish, and unlike other contemporary jewelry metals, Serinium® jewelry can be safely and easily removed in an emergency with commonly available tools. Serinium® is also the only contemporary jewelry metal with strong appeal to both women and men, particularly Millennials. This patent will lead to the first contemporary metal bridal ring sets which will be shipped this holiday.

RMSA002963    V8DGEMWE  V8DCHELIX (Copper Helix)

Hardness of Serinium® wedding rings

Why is hardness important in a wedding band, you ask? So, on the Mohs Hardness Scale of 1 – 10, with gold and silver being only a 2.5 to 3, its clear that gold and silver are considered soft metals. Platinum (4 to 4.5) is almost twice as hard as gold and silver. And, Serinium® is harder and more scratch resistant than all of them.
The hardness of Serinium® is measured on the Rockwell Hardness Scale and comes in at 56 on the Rockwell C Scale. This system was devised to test the hardness of materials such as steel, copper, iron, aluminum, titanium, zinc and lead. The Rockwell Hardness test is a hardness measurement based on the net increase in depth of impression as a load is applied to a metal surface.

Let’s get a little technical… take a look at this hardness chart:

Serinium Hardness Test

Serinium Hardness Test

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardnesses_of_the_elements_(data_page)
*Estimated – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardness_comparison
**Actual hardness as measured by the Rockwell C Hardness Scale

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