American Elements 4mm iridium wedding bands

Although American Elements had been supplying the jewelry industry with numerous materials such as rhodium chloride, gold, and silver since our company’s start, we had never before attempted to produce our own luxury jewelry. That is, until the year 2009, when we created the world’s first ring made from pure iridium metal. American Elements has been crafting Iridium wedding bands and jewelry, using the same technology that is used to manufacture key space components for over a decade now.

After our Iridium rings were met with such a great reception from our peers in the high technology, aerospace, and international entertainment industries, we created Smithson Tennant, a subsidiary division of American Elements, to fully market the rings to the general public.

Since 2009, we have sold hundreds of our bespoke wedding bands in our two classic styles, along with a sprinkle of customizations.

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Innovation Case Study #12: American Elements Introduces a New Precious Metal to the Jewelry Industry

#12: American Elements Introduces a New Precious Metal to the Jewelry Industry

The Challenge

To be honest, this one we fell upon! Iridium parts are used extensively in space programs due to its extremely low corrosivity. One of our production engineers was working on a space project that required the production of small iridium rings as sealing gaskets. Iridium is one of the platinum group metals, which are essentially the same as precious metals. However, jewelers would never consider manufacturing iridium jewelry because the melting temperature is many times that of gold or platinum.

The Innovation

The engineer noted that the rings he was producing fit his finger like a wedding band and they in fact looked better than his existing platinum wedding band, so he switched! We thought that was a pretty cool idea and began marketing them to people interested in the nexus between fashion and high technology.

The Result

Since we introduced them in 2009, several dozen iridium rings have been custom produced and sold to hedge fund managers, entertainers and several internationally known individuals. In 2016, we created Smithson Tennant, a subsidiary division of American Elements, to fully market the rings to the general public.
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Selected Products Supplied to the Jewelry & Fashion Industry

Aluminum Bronze Alloy Powder Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Aluminum Palladium Alloy Aluminum Palladium Alloy Sputtering Target
Boron Rod Cerium Oxide Polishing Powder Chromium Powder Copper Boron Alloy
Copper Cobalt Alloy Copper Flake Copper Gauze Copper Mesh
Copper Powder Copper Shot Diammineplatinum(II) Nitrite Solution Dysprosium(III) Bromide
Dysprosium(III) Iodide Erbium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Erbium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Europium(III) Bromide Hydrate
Germanium Granules Gold Flake Gold Powder Iridium Rings
Neodymium 2-Ethylhexanoate Neodymium Acetylacetonate Neodymium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Neodymium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Nickel Copper Alloy Osmium Disc Palladium Powder Platinum Flake
Platinum Iridium Alloy Platinum Iridium Alloy Sputtering Target Platinum Iridium Powder Platinum Palladium Alloy
Platinum Palladium Foil Platinum Palladium Gold Alloy Platinum Palladium Gold Powder Platinum Palladium Sputtering Target
Platinum Powder Platinum Rhodium Alloy Platinum Rhodium Alloy Sputtering Target Platinum Rhodium Powder
Platinum Ruthenium Black Praseodymium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Rhodium Chloride, Anhydrous Rhodium Powder
Rhodium(III) Chloride Trihydrate Silver Flake Silver Gold Alloy Silver Gold Alloy Sputtering Target
Silver Gold Powder Silver Palladium Foil Silver Palladium Nanoparticles Silver Powder
Spangold Alloy Titanium Diboride Titanium Platinum Alloy Titanium Platinum Alloy Sputtering Target
Titanium Platinum Powder Titanium Powder trans-Diaamminedinitroplatinum Tungsten Carbide Powder
Tungsten Powder Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zinc Flake
Zinc Mesh Zinc Shot Zirconium Titanium Alloy