Written by: Sharon Wild
Ceramic is certainly not a traditional material used in Jewelry.
Unlike most jewelry which is made using a metal of one kind or another, ceramic isn’t a metal.
Ceramic’s increasingly popularity stems from its unique properties – it durability, scratch resistance and its light weight.
The term ceramic is used to describe non-metallic materials that form due to the action of heat. Traditional clay is heated (in a kiln) to create pottery – which is then classed as a ceramic.
Ceramic is used in a variety of different products. These include bricks, tiles, tableware, decorative art and more high-tech uses such as its use in the space shuttle program and bullet-proof vests.
For the car lovers amongst us, you’ll be interested to know that in the 80’s Toyota developed a ceramic engine which can run at a temperature of over 3300 degrees celsius. Ceramic engines are much lighter and therefore provide much better fuel efficiency.
The use of ceramics has now even ventured into the fields of dental implants and synthetic bones.
The versatility and unique properties of this material has seen ceramic being adopted into modern jewelry to create unique designs in bracelets, pendants, rings, particularly in men’s jewelry.
Black ceramic jewelry is particularly popular with men.
Black ceramic jewelry looks particularly appealing in combination with designs that feature contrasting metal colors.
Stainless steel and black ceramic is often combined in men’s jewelry to create styles which standout and are easy to wear.
Ceramic jewelry is much lighter then metals like gold, silver and stainless steel. This makes it popular with athletes who still want to wear jewelry but not be weighed down by it!