Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Titanium, Diamond Engagement and Wedding Rings

The best one stop place to buy Titanium,Diamond, Black Zirconium rings for engagement and weddings.
Absolute Titanium provides a wide range of black titanium,black zirconium jewelery for men,involves tension setting rings. It also provides a wide range of wedding bands,precious metal rings, gem setting wedding rings ,Inlaid wedding bands.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fair Trade Diamonds

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Maria da Costa, is an innovative diamond jewelry designer and dealer since 1998. She is a trained, certified and experienced interior designer and a graduate of Belgium's famed HRD diamond grading training. With an active involvement in the local art scene and as an accomplished creator in several fields of the visual arts, Maria proceeded to create some of the most daring and stunning tension ring designs in the newly adopted media; such as Titanium and Zirconium.

Maria is presently the House Guest Designer at Absolute Titanium Design and design Consultant at Igloo Diamonds .

Canadian Diamonds: Fair Trade diamonds or Conflict Free diamonds?

Are Fair Trade products fair? Are conflict free diamonds actually conflict-free?

Fair trade diamonds may or may not reach your screen, shop or home that fast if you expect them to be fair-trade certified.

As it stands, the certifying bodies are grappling with standards. Thus, to qualify as a fair trade product the item in question must comply with several conditions. Supreme amongst them are the requirements that,

1. The product is harvested, and/or produced, and/or processed by labour that is not abused in terms of pay and/or working conditions, and,

2. The community implicated in those stages of the product's creation further benefits from the acquisition of the product through a premium on its retail that pays for an improvement in the community's welfare.

If it were up to the first condition alone, all Canadian diamonds would have qualified for certification as labour conditions in Canada are progressive and apply to all workers regardless of community affiliation, geographical location or otherwise.

The catch is the second condition. There is no premium directed by retailers towards benefiting those implicated in the mining and processing of diamonds in Canada.

Is any of them is close in spirit to the fair-trade certification concept?

There is one company that stands out as the closest, it seems. If any, Igloo Diamonds appears to be it .Igloo Diamonds allocate a hefty donation from the actual markup of the sale of each and every diamond to the clearing of a plot within a minefield in Mozambique in Africa. Unlike others that might allocate "5% of the profit" to a cause (and don't we all know, as does the tax man, that 'profit' is a very fluid word, a term of bookkeeping, that might be tantamount to nothing through creative accounting-) here is an actual donation per sale. Igloo do it C/o the UN affiliate of "Adopt-a-Minefield" and the diamond and its buyer are granted also a certificate and a map, indicating the plot's size and location. All the diamonds are Canadian Diamonds, with a certificate of Canadian Origin.

While the official Fair-Trade certification program requires that the community at the source of the product benefits from a premium allocated from its final sale, Igloo Diamonds source ethical diamonds of non conflict origin (Canada) and benefit, from a premium allocated from their final sale, a community in a region of the world affected by abusive diamond sourcing, namely, Africa. Thus, two communities are positively affected by Igloo Diamonds activity: the mining and extracting community employed in the mining and processing operations in Canada, as well as a community in a remote Mozambican community, where a landmine is being cleared, a land is being rehabilitated, useful again, workable again, accessible again, passable again... Igloo self-defines itself as the new "not for profit only" brand. In fact, it is yet to be profitable...

They seem to be the world's first pro-actively ethical diamonds. You cannot get any closer to the spirit of the fair-trade movement in the diamond world than Igloo Diamonds, indeed.

The above being said, it becomes clear also that Fair Trade might not be that fair. Might not be that a fair to a trade. Initiatives such Igloo, albeit embodying the spirit of the Fair Trade movement still do not qualify to be certified as such...

Attempts are under way to create a "true" (read: "certifiable") fair-trade product in Africa through support of local, artisanal diamond mining. The catch there is the remoteness of the source in a hostile environment. Hostile in terms of safety, opposing local business-interest and warlords, unstable and/or corrupt regimes, at times of loose or no control over the source area, with no law-and-order-enforcement capabilities, or with limited or corrupt ones. Quantity of yield is, of course, another issue.

As for "ConflictFree" diamonds, it is clear from the above that, first, this label does not coincide in its denotation with "FairTrade" Diamonds. All that is required of a conflict-free diamond is to originate, in a traceable manner, in a part of the world where it sponsors no military brutality etc. While Canadian diamonds (the likes used by Igloo Diamonds) are clearly of such Conflictfree origin, there is also the controversial process known as the "Kimberley Process" attempting to secure the clean nature of the origin and subsequent supply line of diamonds by requiring each level of the supply chain, from mine to jewelry shop, to grant in writing to the next one, in a prescribed manner, that the source was a member of the process and the goods themselves are. therefore', of clean origin. As anyone might guess, the problem lies exactly with the 'therefore' label, as it relies, it appears on the honesty, fear and greed of all the participants. So there are a couple of conflicts implicated here: the conflict between the Kimberley Process supporters, adherents and believers and those who dismiss it, and the conflict between the Canadian source and trackability (as guarantied by the Code of Ethics of Canadian Diamonds--Igloo Diamonds purchase their Canadian Diamonds only from suppliers who are subscribers to the codes) as a source for Conflict Free diamonds vs. the believers in the Kimberley Process warranties...

One thing cannot be denied: the example of Igloo Diamonds embodies the closest one gets to a bona-fide Fair-Trade product in the diamond world, and the good they do in Africa through a reputable international organization is undeniable either.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Black Titanium Wedding Rings

Black titanium wedding ring
In the domains of fashion and jewelry black has always been considered the color of elegance and enigma, which explains the growing popularity of black Titanium Wedding jewelry items: black Titanium rings, black Titanium bands and black Titanium engagement rings, as well as their "cousins" of black Zirconium jewelry items: black Zirconium rings, black Zirconium bands and black Zirconium engagement rings.

It is a curious fact, however, that black jewelry is not readily available. While it is true that jewelers have created rings even in black gemstones such as Hematite and Onyx (as in Absolute Design Studios’ “Black Zone"), one has also to be aware that they may be quite fragile. Next to gemstones the next group of materials that are the foundations of the art of jewelry are, of course, precious metals. Other than some availabilities in black Gold (as in the above "Black zone") the crop is meager. In fact, it is non-existent.

Enter a new era in jewelry creation and its unexpected metallurgical possibilities. Such are the recent addition to the Pantheon of advanced metals, namely, black Titanium and black Zirconium metal (unlike Titanium, Zirconium is, at times, confused with crystals, such as Zirconia, Zircon, Zirconium and Cubic Zirconium, hence the immediate addition of the label "metal", as in Zirconium metal).

black titanium wedding bands Both alloys are hypo-allergenic, of light weight yet mighty enough to maintain their shape, round or otherwise, practically for good. Which explains also the use of, e.g., black Zirconium in weight bearing artificial joint implants.In a polish finish they offer a smooth, ceramic-like surface of little friction and high surface hardness, the approximate upwards of 9 on the Mohe scale (on which diamond scores 10).

When it comes to black advanced metal jewelry there is one supplier only that doesn't only offer both black Zirconium and black Titanium but, also, offers custom orders and custom design. It is the same Absolute Design Studios mentioned above (

Few are the sources that create in black Titanium as it is a proprietary process that is costly to develop and maintain, requires metallurgical knowledge and experience, and even carries inherent dangers when in the process of development and testing.

Absolute Studios have invested considerable resources in developing the black Titanium alloy and have developed the corresponding expertise required to manipulate it to custom design requirement, all proudly executed in North America.

The studios work closely with jewelry designer Maria da Costa, and the result is a stunning array of designs in both black Titanium and black Zirconium metal, amongst which the various tension settings stand out most. Designs such as " Black Tango" and " Black Doric" are truly breath taking in their simplicity, elegance and conjurer like magical gripping of the gemstone which appears to be suspended in midair...

Some of those designs, as well as the uniquely designed "Igloo Solitaire " in black Titanium and black Zirconium metal are available also through "Igloo Diamonds" accessible also through, in their tension setting pages.

If you love elegance & innovation and one off the beaten tread black Titanium is for you: black Titanium jewelry, black Titanium rings, black Titanium bands and black Titanium engagement rings, whether existing unique designs or custom designs, you may find both at Absolute Titanium Design.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Absolute Titanium Design

Welcome to Absolute Titanium Design, Designers & Producers of Original and Classic Designs.

Absolute Titanium Design has been a leading mark of innovation and quality in designing and crafting jewelry designs in Titanium, Black Titanium, Black Zirconium and other metals since 1997. As such, we belong with the first wave of Titanium jewelry enthusiasts.

Absolute Titanium Design is a Design oriented House, and carries the exclusive Maria da Costa Signature Line of original designs.
All Our Products are custom-made and hand crafted. We also welcome Custom Order Requests, create your own design ring. Choose a gem from our collection and have it set in one of our magnificent Tension Sitting Titanium Rings.

Treat yourself and your beloved one to a unique, elegant and only too often breath taking (as clients of ours wrote to us...) jewelry experience, created by a leading design house in advanced metals and diamond jewelry. Let their adorning artwork accompany you throughout your life-cycle events...