The German chemist MH Klaproth in 1793 called this metal Titanium, from greek god “Titan”, the God of enormous strength. The most famous example of use of this metal is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, that is entirely covered in thin sheets of colored titanium.
Titanium, “Ti”, is a chemical element that does not exist untied to other minerals in nature, even if it is the 9th most abundant element on the earth’s crust (the minerals). It is very interesting and increasingly used not only in the most advanced technologies but in an increasing number of items, from sports to teeth implants, from turbines of aircraft to jewelry. It is used both in its pure state that in alloys with other metals.
Titanium’s properties in jewels:
- gray and metallic color, unique and warm
- much lighter compared to other alloys (density 4.54 g/cc against the 7.8 g/cc of the steel and the 10.5 g/cc silver);
- extraordinary resistance corrosion;
- easy to alterate stably its color with proper staining techniques.