American Elements 4mm iridium wedding bands

American Elements is not generally a supplier of materials to the jewelry industry. On occasion, jewelry manufacturers have reached to us for such materials as rhodium chloride used to manufacture white gold. However, in 2009 we introduced the first new metal to enter the jewelry trade since perhaps the discovery of platinum in the 18th Century.

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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
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