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

he 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 who will go unnamed.