The Ultimate Guide to Contemporary Metals: Serinium®, Black Diamond Ceramic™, and Tungsten - Park City Jewelers

The Ultimate Guide to Contemporary Metals: Serinium®, Black Diamond Ceramic™, and Tungsten


When it comes to fine jewelry, especially men’s rings, the traditional metals like gold, silver, and platinum are no longer the only options. Contemporary metals such as Serinium®, Black Diamond Ceramic™, and Tungsten are gaining popularity due to their durability, unique aesthetics, and modern appeal. At Park City Jewelers, we proudly offer these advanced materials to meet the diverse needs and preferences of our customers. Here's a detailed look at these three remarkable metals.

Serinium®: The Precious Contemporary Metal®

Serinium®, known as The Precious Contemporary Metal®, represents the pinnacle of modern jewelry metals. Patented and exclusively offered by Jewelry Innovations®, Serinium® is renowned for its combination of beauty and resilience.


  • Exceptional Hardness: Serinium® is many times harder than traditional jewelry metals, second only to tungsten carbide. Unlike tungsten, Serinium® will not chip or shatter if dropped, making it ultra-tough and scratch-resistant.
  • Safety: Serinium® rings can be easily and safely removed in emergencies by applying pressure with handheld vise grips, breaking off cleanly without sharp edges.


  • Brilliant White: Serinium® boasts a bright white color similar to white gold and platinum, and it will not tarnish, oxidize, or change color over time.


  • Non-Allergenic: Serinium® is hypoallergenic, making it an excellent choice for individuals with sensitive skin.

Black Diamond Ceramic™: The Elegant Contemporary Metal

Black Diamond Ceramic™ is another cutting-edge material exclusive to Jewelry Innovations®. It is favored for its remarkable hardness, lightweight feel, and versatility in color.


  • Extreme Hardness: Rated a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, Black Diamond Ceramic™ is extremely hard and scratch-resistant, making it a durable choice for everyday wear.
  • Lightweight: Despite its hardness, it is only half the weight of tungsten carbide, offering an elegant, lightweight feel.


  • Versatile Colors: This metal can be made in a variety of colors, including black, white, and bright hues such as pink. The colors are solid throughout, ensuring the jewelry maintains its appearance even if scratched.


  • Safe Removal: In emergencies, Black Diamond Ceramic™ can be safely removed with vise grip pliers or a ring cracker without the risk of crushing onto the finger.
  • Hypoallergenic: This metal is also hypoallergenic and non-conductive, making it safe for all wearers.

Tungsten: The Original Contemporary Metal

Tungsten carbide was the first contemporary jewelry metal to gain widespread popularity due to its unparalleled hardness. At Park City Jewelers, we offer Rugged Tungsten™, a high-quality brand of tungsten carbide jewelry alloy.


  • Hardest Metal: Tungsten carbide is the hardest of all contemporary metals, rated a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. However, it is brittle and can chip or crack if dropped on a hard surface.
  • Luxurious Weight: Tungsten jewelry has a heavy, luxurious feel, adding to its premium appeal.


  • Gun-Metal Gray: Tungsten has an attractive gun-metal gray color that may oxidize and darken over time.


  • Emergency Removal: Tungsten rings can be removed with a ring cracker or vise grip pliers. However, due to its hardness, tungsten can shatter into sharp pieces that might cause injury.
  • Non-Crushable: Tungsten will not crush onto the finger during impact, but its brittleness can be a drawback.

Choosing the Right Metal for You

When selecting a metal for your jewelry, consider the following:

  • Durability: If you need a metal that can withstand daily wear and tear, Serinium® or Black Diamond Ceramic™ are excellent choices.
  • Aesthetics: For a brilliant white finish, Serinium® is ideal. For versatile color options, Black Diamond Ceramic™ offers more variety.
  • Safety: Both Serinium® and Black Diamond Ceramic™ offer safe removal options in emergencies, whereas tungsten requires more caution.
  • Weight: If you prefer a lightweight feel, Black Diamond Ceramic™ is a great option, while tungsten provides a heavier, more substantial feel.

At Park City Jewelers, we are dedicated to providing high-quality, contemporary metal jewelry that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Visit us in-store or online to explore our collection and find the perfect piece for you.

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