What is hypoallergenic jewellery?
First things first. Let's find out a little more about hypoallergenic jewellery, what this means and why certain metals are more hypoallergenic than others. Hyopallergenic jewellery is a unique class of jewellery, defined as less likely to cause an allergic skin reaction when worn for prolonged periods of time. There is no exact measurement for the word 'hypoallergenic' but the qualities of hypoallergenic jewellery are essential for jewellery lovers with sensitive skin. In order to continue enjoying the jewellery that they love, these amazing hypoallergenic metals are essential for everyday comfort. Although traditional metals can be classed as more hypoallergenic and less likely to cause a reaction, Gold, Silver, Platinum and even Stainless Steel may all still cause reactions to some wearers, depending on the purity. Nickel jewellery is associated with allergies, and is clearly a metal to avoid at all costs. Nickel is generally associated with low priced costume jewellery found in supermarkets and accessory stores. If your skin reacts to some jewellery or metals, it's best to avoid cheaper products and instead prioritise your search based on the product's hypoallergenic qualities. Titanium is one of the safest metals you can wear, so to ensure our jewellery is 100% safe for everyone, we specialise exclusively in titanium, which makes TouchTitanium.com one of a kind.
Titanium is the hypoallergenic solution
Fun fact! Did you know, Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of all metals? (45% more tensile strength than Steel to be precise!). But within the retail and medical spaces, titanium's best traits are exemplified by its hypoallergenic qualities, meaning that it is much less likely to cause an allergic reaction when in close contact with the skin for prolonged periods of time.
We have come to associate the metal with high performance industries where durability and reliability are imperative; Aircraft manufacture, performance sporting accessories, protective equipment and bionic instruments for instance. However, one of the most incredible traits of Titanium is its ability to live and work in harmony with the human body. Conventional jewellery made from metals such as Silver, Nickel, Copper and Tin all have a level of risk involved. The effects that these metals can have on the skin can sometimes be alarming; red rashes, skin sores and prickly spots. To read more about this topic, please visit our About Us page, and read more at mayoclinic.org
Top 5 amazing benefits of titanium
Discovered in the 18th century and aptly named after the 'Titans' - Greek Gods who ruled the world - Titanium has many incredible qualities that complement jewellery making. We have listed the top five below.
|01. Strength||With 45% more tensile strength than steel, Titanium has the highest strength to density ratio of all metals. This makes it great for slimline wedding bands and wirework earrings. Our products produced in the 80s are still going strong!|
|02. Resilience||Titanium is resistant to sea water and chlorine which makes it great to wear on your ears, in the shower, in the bath, or even in the pool if the butterfly's are secure. Titanium wedding rings are also an excellence choice.|
|03. Bio-compatibility||All the jewellery on TouchTitanium.com is hypoallergenic and safe to wear for everyone, no matter what age or skin colour. Titanium is safely used in medical applications every day, often to replace parts of the human skeleton, in hip replacements, for instance. The blend of qualities (strength and weight) are unique to Titanium, making it a truly amazing metal.|
|04. Scratch resistance||Titanium metal is more scratch, dent and wear resistant than other metals in its class. Again, this is a great quality for your titanium wedding rings.|
|05. Colourful||Unlike other metals, titanium can be coloured using water and electricity to achieve a glorious rainbow effect which - if designed well - will last the test of time and restore to its full glory with a bit of soap and water.|
Titanium in our jewellery
Allergic reactions to metals are more common than you might think, affecting up to 15% of people. Other less sensitive metals used in jewellery making are gold, silver, palladium and platinum. Stainless steel is also used in cheaper jewellery and mass produced items. It's usually a slightly cheaper alternative to titanium, but is heavier and less hypoallergenic than titanium. The down side to surgical stainless steel is that it is often combined with up to 13% nickel, which can cause hypersensitivity and dermatitis for the more sensitive skin types. If you want ultimate comfort from your earrings, bangles, necklaces, chains or wedding rings, then titanium really is the best choice you can make.
What is dermatitis?
The word dermatitis simply means 'skin inflammation. It is not contagious, but will often cause discomfort including rashes, swelling and skin pain. Metal hypersensitivity can also manifest itself as more chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The inflammatory response from wearing some metals on the body develops slowly and reaches a peak within 24–72 hours. Cases of sensitivity toward titanium are very rare. As a biocompatible metal, titanium is often used within the body to replace human bones.
"It is estimated that up to 17% of women and 3% of men are allergic to nickel."
"We work exclusively with pure titanium because it's hypoallergenic and biocompatible qualities are unmatched by any other metal."
We only work with the very best
At TouchTitanium.com, we work with commercially pure titanium which is over 98% pure titanium and the purest titanium metal available to the retail industry. Many other precious or semi-precious metals are made up of an alloy of various other metals which lend qualities in turn to the final product. The purity of titanium is another incredible strength worth singing about. Commercially pure titanium makes the hypoallergenic qualities of our jewellery the best they can possibly be. So, if your skin reacts to platinum, gold, silver, nickel, steel, or any other metal, why not consider giving titanium a try. Titanium is an exceptional and unique metal, which is why we're here!
Strong, Clean, Colourful, Lightweight and Beautiful
The vibrant colours of our products are produced using a process called anodic oxidation. Practically any hue/colour can be achieved by passing an electric voltage through the metal in a controlled environment. Although the process still remains extremely specialist, our workshop have remained the most experienced and equipped in the United Kingdom for over 30 years. Our colouring process is undertaken patiently and skill-fully, each by hand, using custom built equipment which was designed and built specifically for the task.
The colours above are a photo representation of the exact colours we can achieve via electrical oxidation in our workshop. This is done by hand.
Gorgeous finishing options
We offer a range of finishing options, all achieved by hand. Using our cufflink range as an example, each of our available finishing options are listed below:
- Polished: Shiny complexion with a glossy finish
- Brushed: Treated with a fine wire wool for a smooth, matt texture
- Hammered: Distinctively textured with a mottled effect, each one unique
- Engraved: Intricate details set in to the shape of the piece can also be coloured