Zirconium is an element and a metal very similar to titanium. As a matter of fact, you can’t tell a difference by looking at them.
It is slightly heaver than titanium, but not as heavy as stainless steel. It has a unique property of being able to be turned black.
It is machined from solid bar the same way titanium rings are made from solid titanium.
Some rings are made from something called Black Titanium. It’s a proprietary alloy of one large company, and it’s actually an alloy
of mostly zirconium with a little titanium thrown in for good measure. It has more to do with marketing because people recognize the
term titanium, and not so many recognize zirconium. It’s the zirconium that turns black; titanium doesn’t do that. The method and process
are exactly the same. My rings are crafted from pure zirconium and then blackened.
The blackening process is interesting. The raw ring is the color of titanium or stainless steel, and it gets heated to high heat in a specific
atmosphere. When this happens, zircon, a clear ceramic coating floats to the surface. The color changes to bronze, then to blue, then to
yellow and other colors as the heat increases. The color is caused by interference of light waves, the same way that oil on a wet parking
lot gets its colors. Constructive interference of the lightwaves creates a very pure blue and other colors.
As the heat increases, a second order of colors is formed over the first. Then a third and fourth and more is added. As the oxide layer
gets thicker, the wavelengths of light reflecting off the surface start destructively interfering, until nothing is left but a shiny black surface.
It has the look and slippery feel of Hematite. It is an extremely inert surface, and zirconium is used in artificial knee joints for that reason.
The surface is also pretty hard, at a Mohs hardness of 8.4, where diamond is 10 and titanium is 6.5 and gold is around 3.
Because zirconium is a strong metal, special designs like any of our tension sets can be made in it. There is also the possibility of lasering
through the oxide to create engraved or colored effects. The imagination is the limiting factor on what’s possible. We also do our exclusive
continuous inlay rings featuring inlays of hardwoods, meteorite, stone, and acrylics.
Established in the year 2008,Tagor Jewelry Factory is now rapidly growing to a professional mfg and exporter in the fashion accessories industry. Our main products include costume jewelry products, such as rings ,earrings,bracelets ,bangles,pendants,necklaces, cufflinks and other jewelry accessories.We mainly provide our global customers jewelry products in surgical 316L stainless steel materials previously. But now we are able to provide the ring items design in high requirement material like Tungsten,Cobalt Chrome and even Black Zirconium!
Relying on our advanced equipments, high quality with good price as well as fast delivery,we have successfully helped our worldwide customers growing in the marketshare.
We will continue to maintain our business principle that "Customer First,Service Foremost"and looking forward to help your business grow.
Below is part of our Black Zirconium Metal Ring Designs, your designs are welcomed!