FAQ - Materials

What is Tungsten & Tungsten Carbide?
Tungsten is the raw metal and tungsten carbide is a chemical compound containing 50% tungsten and 50% carbon atomsRead more


What is Stainless Steel and is 304 or 316L better?
Stainless steel is an alloy consisting of mostly iron and a minimum of 11% chromium, plus various other elements, depending on its use. Read more


What is Titanium?
It is a lustrous transition metal. In jewelry, it is most prized for its corrosion resistance and strength-to-density ratio, the highest of any metallic element. Read more


What is Silver?
Polished silver is the shiniest of all metals. It reflects 95% of visible light which is why half of all silver mined goes to the photographic industry. Read more


What is Gold?
Have you been living under a nugget your whole life? Gold is the most malleable of metals. It can be drawn into a wire one atom wide. Read more


What is Lapis Lazuli?
It is a deep blue rock used as a semi-precious stone. It is known to have been used since the millennium 7000 BC. Read more


What is Zircon & Cubic Zirconia?
Cubic zirconia is a synthetic cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. Zircon is a natural semi-precious gemstone. Read more


What is Malachite?
Malachite is a green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. It was used to produce copper until it became more valuable for use in jewelry. Read more


What is Hematite?
It is the ore in iron ore. There is more of it mined every hour than all the gold mined in history! Read more


What is Obsidian?
It is naturally occurring volcanic glass.
It is believed to attract luck & wealth if worn on your left wrist. Got mine on! Read more


What is Agate?
Agate is a common rock, consisting of chalcedony and quartz as its primary components. It occurs in a wide variety of colors. Read more


What is Abalone?
It is the name of the type of mollusk that has the shell from which we get Mother of Pearl. Different Abalone species have different colored shells. The most common is the well-known Mother of Pearl color, but there are various other colors.


What is Enamel?
It is a material made by fusing powdered glass at a high temperature. The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable coating.


What is Onyx?
It is a parallel banded form of agate. Stones for jewelry may be cut with or without bands showing.


What is Garnet?
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that share a similar crystal structure. They can be opaque, transparent or translucent and are in many different colors.


What is Leather?
It's the wrapping your steak came in!


What is Ion Plating (IP Plating)?
Ion plating is the addition of a titanium nitride layer, which adds high chemical stability to the piece of jewelry to be plated. To this is added the desired coating, normally not exceeding 0.3 um in thickness.