Tantalum Rings Frequently Asked Questions
A selection of our frequently asked questions about our tantalum rings.
Tantalum is a rare earth metal, that has useful properties such as very ductile, durable, extremely strong with a tensile strength twice that strong steel alloys. It is used to strengthen other metals by alloying Tantalum with them, and therefore the alloy gains the properties of Tantalum.
Tantalum rings are growing in popularity in the alternative metal ring industry due to the good qualities that they possess, most notably their strength and durability.
It is thought that without finding new reserves that there is only 50 years of tantalum left, and with our appetite for electronics and smart devices the price of tantalum is expected to rise.
Tantalum rings are very durable, shatterproof, scratch, corrosion and tarnish-resistant and is also a hypo-allergenic metal. For extra peace-of-mind Tantalum rings can be cut off in an emergency if needed.
Another great benefit of Tantalum rings is the affordable price when compared to precious metals such as platinum or gold.
In theory, Tantalum rings can be resized, however, due to it only being new into the jewellery sector not many jewellers can do so at the moment. Tantalum rings are becoming very popular within the alternative metals sector, and as Tantalum rings grow in popularity, resizing may be possible in the future, however this is not a service that we would provide.
As thing stand it is probably safer to say that tantalum rings cannot be sized as there is no guarantee that jewellers will choose to accommodate the material in the future.
Tantalum is used for strengthening other metals by alloying it with them. By alloying Tantalum, it enables the metal alloy to have the properties of Tantalum, making it much stronger, shatterproof, scratch, corrosion and tarnish resistant.
Tantalum is also becoming an increasingly popular metal in the alternative metal ring sector. Tantalum rings are very durable due to Tantalum’s great properties.
One of the main uses of tantalum is in the electronics industry for capacitors and high-power resistors. It is very likely that you are very close to tantalum in your watch or smart phone.
Pros of Tantalum Rings
Tantalum rings are affordable when compared with precious metals such as gold and platinum
Tantalum rings are scratch, corrosion, shatter, break and tarnish resistant
They are very durable
Tantalum is a hypoallergenic metal
They can be cut off in an emergency
Rare earth metal
Cons of Tantalum Rings
Not easily resizable if at all
Slightly more expensive than other alternative metal rings
Tantalum rings are not widely available so less choice of designs
Less choice of finger sizes
Tantalum rings are completely safe, they are an inert, and will not react with other metals. They are also unlikely to react with other chemicals and also unlikely to be damaged if they come into contact with corrosive substances.
Tantalum rings can be cut off easily with a normal ring cutter that most jewellers and emergency departments will have the equipment. Tantalum is very similar to platinum when removing, so if you just advise the person removing the ring they will have an idea of how to attempt it. Unfortunately once a tantalum ring has been cut off, it is unlikely that it would be possible to repair.
Tantalum rings can be washed in soapy water to remove any debris, and maybe a jewellery polishing cloth will add a lustre to the ring. For brushed finished ring using a pencil eraser can also clean the brushed sections.
Tantalum rings can also be re-polished in a similar way to polishing platinum.
Tantalum is a hard, dense metal that is very durable in wear.
Tantalum rings have similar characteristics to platinum, although a little darker in colour, although it is more durable and scratch resistant than platinum.
Tantalum rings will not tarnish or break and can be re-polished to remove any scratches.
Out of our 10 tantalum rings that we stock, we can set diamonds in 8 of the designs.
The diamonds that we supply specification is:
Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds
0.06ct diamond weight
In contrast most mass-produced jewellery tends to be colour I and a clarity Si2, or lower (poor) with premium high street jewellery being colour H clarity Si1.
We fit premium diamonds into our tantalum rings as they are a premium product deserving of them.
All our diamonds come from legitimate sources, and has the following statement on our invoices received from our diamond suppliers.
“The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources and not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations Resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that theses diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.”
Tantalum is a very hard and durable metal.
With a mohs hardness of 6.5 it is harder than silver (2.8) Gold (2.8 to 4.0) platinum (4.5) and will resist scratching more than any precious metal.
Tantalum like most metals will still scratch in wear, but can still be repolished when required. Your jeweller will be able to re-polish, but may be afraid to do so if they are not aware of this new material, just advise then to polish as they would platinum or palladium.
Tantalum rings are scratch resistant and very durable in wear in comparison to precious metals and titanium.
Scratch resistant means that less items will be capable of scratching the ring, or if they do the scratch will not be as deep.
Scratch resistant however does not mean scratchproof. In wear you will still scratch a tantalum ring, just not at the same rate as a silver or gold ring. Tantalum rings can however be re-polished to remove scratches.
Tantalum rings cost more than other alternative metal rings mainly due to the rarity of the metal, and the demand due to the use in all our tech equipment and smart phones.
It is estimated that there are only around 50 years of tantalum left unless new sources are found. This also doesn’t account for an increased demand on electrical devices over the coming decades. Tantalum is only likely to increase in value in the future.
We use Muonionalusta which is then etched to show the patterns more. We chose this meteorite as we like the patterns that the meteorite produces. Each of our rings is unique, and the pattern will always differ between rings, and the rings that we show images off on the website.
More information can be found on the Muonionalusta meteorite here
Muonionalusta Meteorite Wikipedia.
Our meteorite rings are not as durable as our other rings and do need to be treated with respect. It would be best to take them off during any diy, heavy lifting etc. If not looked after meteorite can rust due to the nickel content.
If looked after, and thoroughly dried when wet then a meteorite ring will give you many years of trouble-free wear.
They are not. The meteorite is solid meteorite made into a ring with no join. This uses more material, takes more time to make, and more skill to make from a solid piece.
Most of the ring that you see is meteorite, we then fit a tantalum liner to the ring for comfort.
When a ring is made from an inlay, or strip it is turned up and welded. The weld is unsightly, weak and ruins the pattern. This is the very reason we only make from solid meteorite.