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Metals Gone Wild
A new rainbow of vivid hues of titanium, gold, and other metals.


THE TREND: If you think some of the metals being used in the following pages seem to be something out of science fiction, you are half right—about the science part. Space age metals are showing their stylish side as they are crafted into unusual and often spectacular shapes. Not to mention colors. Even karat gold now comes in a spectrum worthy of a rainbow. This colorful collection consists of jewelry incorporating metals from titanium to tantalum to niobium, and an array of others in between. Just how these metals mix and meld often determines their color range. These metals give a new reason for consumers to take a second—and third or fourth—look in a modern jeweler’s cases.

WHY IT’S HAPPENING: Black and brown have become acceptable metal colors thanks to innovations in surface treatments of gold, silver, steel, and even bronze. Now the trend is extending into other colors, many inspired by the gemstones they complement. Some of the new metals being used, such as titanium, already have carved a niche in the optical and watch sectors. In addition to their spectacular colors and surfaces, these metals often provide lightweight but strong characteristics, making them ideal for everyday wear. New techniques in extruding these metals can create a mélange of colors and textures, such as mokume looks.

WHO HAS IT: A growing number of designers and manufacturers here and abroad. The Italians have been in the forefront of developing new colors in karat gold and silver. Others are experimenting with titanium, steel, and other metals that have turned into the latest precious metals. Among these are: Silmar, Mattioli, Henderson Collection, Charriol, Cede, LeVian, Jordan Scott, Stratabands, Spectore, Michael Good, Alfieri & St. John, Rebecca, Bliss, Diane’s Mark, La Reina, and Zydo.

HOW TO SELL IT: The same as other precious metals. The very fact that these metals are so strikingly different provides an entrée with consumers to explain about the benefits and characteristics that make these pieces so singular. This is jewelry for that idealistic consumer who has everything. Now there’s truly something different to sell her.

From top: Stratabands’ pink mokume titanium band and blue groove titanium and tantalum wedding band, suggested retail $585, (360) 734-1195. Spectore Corp.’s black titanium ring with yellow sapphire, multi-anodized titanium band, and black titanium ring with pink sapphire, (954) 481-8422.


pink mokume titanium band and blue groove titanium and tantalum wedding band

From top: Stratabands’ pink mokume titanium band and blue groove titanium and tantalum wedding band, suggested retail $585, (360) 734-1195. Spectore Corp.’s black titanium ring with yellow sapphire, multi-anodized titanium band, and black titanium ring with pink sapphire, (954) 481-8422.

titanium necklaces with stations in pink and blue

Spectore Corp.’s titanium necklaces with stations in pink and blue, (954) 481-8422. Stratabands’ reversible titanium and niobium tile pendant, suggested retail $575, (360) 734-1195.

blue titanium and 18k white gold butterfly brooch with diamonds

La Reina’s blue titanium and 18k white gold butterfly brooch with diamonds, suggested retail $60,700, and rainbow color titanium and 18k yellow gold flower ring, suggested retail $44,500, (213) 623-8482.

trio of colored titanium and 18k gold flower rings

Alfieri & St. John’s trio of colored titanium and 18k gold flower rings, (877) 326-8900.

titanium jewelry with 18k gold, steel, silver, and fancy colored sapphires

Zydo Collection at Italian Jewelry of America’s titanium jewelry with 18k gold, steel, silver, and fancy colored sapphires, suggested retail $6,240 to $7,800, (212) 421-2608.

chains in 14k green and white criss-cross gold

Clockwise from upper left: Silmar at Leslie’s “Colors of Italian Art” chains in 14k green and white criss-cross gold, 14k purple gold, 14k blue and yellow criss-cross gold, 14k blue gold, and 14k orange gold, suggested retail $250 to $1,000, (203) 869-7071.

18k cobalt gold and white gold collection

Henderson Collection’s 18k cobalt gold and white gold collection consisting of blue station link necklace, pendant, and flexible bracelets, (704) 333-3035.

pin in bronze and 18k gold with diamonds

Michael Good Designs’ “Seaweed” pin in bronze and 18k gold with diamonds, suggested retail $3,580, and oval “Arame” pin in bronze and 18k gold with Tahitian pearl, suggested retail $3,480, (207) 236-9619.