When the skill of ancient masters meets the power of modern technology, the result is the Damascus steel rings at Titanium-Buzz. With unmatched form and mesmerizing designs descended from centuries of tradition, each of these Damascus rings revives the best of a lost art, right on your fingertips. Intermix steel with gold for a one-of-a-kind experience, or go epic with a blend of steel and titanium. Here, all roads lead to adventure and all journeys lead to a new way to experience jewelry.
The History and Mystery of Damascus Steel
Damascus steel jewelry and weapons are part of a tradition that is over 2,400 years old, originating as far back as the fourth century BC. Named for the region near what is now Damascus, Syria, Damascus steel was highly sought after and produced all over the ancient world, including areas of Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Known for its distinctive, hypnotic patterns and unmatched resiliency, Damascus steel was used for much more than decorative items and ceremonial armaments. Damascus steel swords and knives are legendary for their sharpness and balance, and many such weapons were believed to possess mythical and even magical properties. Some swords were said to never lose their edge and were so sharp they could splice human hair, while others were rumored to be indestructible.
There certainly is something mysterious about Damascus steel, and the original methods for creating it are shrouded in secrecy. Considered by many to be a lost art, traditional Damascus steel production was rediscovered less than 50 years ago and is still being perfected today. As for the mythical strength of Damascus steel swords, some scientists claim to have found carbon nanotubes inside the molecular structure of the steel. These tubes, now being developed for their ability to conduct electricity, are among the strongest materials known.
How Our Damascus Steel Rings Are Made
The process we use to create our Damascus steel rings combines these new discoveries with precision technology to form jewelry that is unlike any ever seen. First, we fuse two types of stainless steel together at extremely high temperatures. We then subject the hybrid steel to a hammering machine that weighs over a thousand pounds to fold different patterns in the steel while shaping it into a single solid bar.
From that bar we cut each Damascus ring, and many styles are then finished in a diluted acid bath to bring out the contrasting reflectivity of the different steels. And, thanks to the unique nature of the patterns themselves, we can guarantee that there will never be an exact replica of your Damascus steel ring. Each is different from the next; each is truly one of a kind.
The Past Is the Future
Most often compared to rippling water or wood grain, we've mastered the look of Damascus steel patterns so well that we now offer custom styles that have launched the tradition into the 21st century. Want examples? Our Zebra Pattern Damascus Steel Ring features an energetic, almost mind-bending look that is both futuristic and timeless. Our Basket Weave Damascus Steel Ring adds fascinating straight line effects that certainly would have impressed the old masters. Some patterns are subtle, others more aggressive, all are unique and put the best of humankind's most magical art right in your hands.
Please note: The acid-etched finishes shown below appear darker in these images. Actual colors are more of a dark, flat gray with lighter contrasts. Also, due to the texture of our Damascus steel rings, personalized engraving is not available. The engraver cannot work on metal surfaces that are not truly flat. If you have any questions about these rings, please call us toll-free at 1-866-215-1861 or send us an email.
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