In our shop men & women are both drawn to our new, edgy, lightweight titanium rings. They make wonderful commitment, engagement and wedding rings.
The challenge of the ancient and modern metals is to use the important characteristics of both to enhance the qualities unique in each.
Titanium was discovered in 1791 and its name derives from the Greek Titans, "sons of Earth". It is believed to be the ninth most abundant metal in the earth's crust. The largest deposits are found in the U.S.A., Canada and Australia. It is lightweight - a little more than a fifth the weight of gold and has the tensile strength equal to mild steel and it is also non-magnetic. The metal has in recent years acquired great cache; as a hi-tech building material for the aircraft industry, space exploration and high-fashion accessories and is also now widely used for surgical implants because of its inertness and non-reactivity with body tissue and bone.
The grade of titanium used for Wes & Gold jewelry is G-2, which is commercially pure.
The titanium is machined and then heated to a soft, dark gray color. If cleaning is necessary, a soft-bristle toothbrush can be used with a liquid soap or a solvent can be used with no ill effects if the jewelry is oily or greasy.
Unlike titanium, GOLD has been known and used for more than 6,000 years. Jewelers and metalworkers since antiquity have been aware of the ease with which gold can be worked. It can be hammered to the thickness of gold leaf (from 1/8000 to 1/10,000 mm.), and drawn to wire of hair-fine gauge but which retains its high tensile strength.
Pure gold (24 karat) is soft and extremely malleable. It is unaffected by any corrosive except aqua regia, literally kingly water, because it can dissolve both gold and platinum.
Since ancient times gold has been symbolically associated with the sun because of the color and luster which does not oxidize over time.
The word karat is derived from the name of the bean of the carob tree, which grows in the form of a long pod containing small seeds. Because of their uniformity of weight, these seeds have for many years been used as a standard of weight for precious substances.
The diamonds are the best quality our supplier offers. They are European grade - Fine quality. This is equivalent to or a little better than VS1 or 2.
The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.
Facts of Glebe Rings
What grade of titanium is used?
The grade used for Wes & Gold jewelry is G-2, which is commercially pure.
Do rivets, when they protrude on the inside of the ring, change the size?
No, the rivets make no difference to the size, but if you tried to check the size of that ring on a mandrel, it would measure as a smaller size but it would still fit as the finger will conform to the rivets.
How tightly should a ring fit?
A ring, which is slightly larger, will accommodate a wider range of body temperature fluctuations, which might otherwise make it too tight. In order to ensure against the risk of losing the ring the suggestion is made to wear a keeper ring, which is a narrower band and can be up to a half size smaller to keep the larger ring in place
Can a ring be polished once it is completed?
Can a ring be sized after completion?
How can the ring be cleaned?
Clean with a toothbrush and liquid dish detergent. If the ring has stones in it a small ultra-sonic cleaner that is available for about $34 will do an excellent job of cleaning.
Is it true that a titanium ring cannot be cut off in an emergency?
No. We have tested a number of titanium rings with the cutting tools usually used by jewelry stores, hospitals or emergency crews and there is no problem with cutting the metal. Two cuts will have to be made as the metal will not bend easily. The cuts should avoid the hardened stainless steel balls or any stones.
Are your diamonds "conflict free"?
This is the information from our diamond supplier -
"The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds."
The metals used in Wes' jewelry are primarily titanium and 24K (pure) gold.
Both metals are pure forms of a naturally occurring metal. The titanium is light, strong and hypoallergenic - its weight to strength relationship is startling. The metals are both chemical-resistant, with pure gold resistant to all chemicals except acqua regia.
The titanium is not polished after treating because the color contrast would be lost . The heat-treatment gives the subtle dark contrast to the gold that a polished surface would not. The gold becomes burnished by wear in a way different to any other metal.
Our position as artist and hand-worker of many decades is that rings should not be worn while participating in sports or heavy work. It may jeopardize the health and well being of the wearer and the artwork.