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22 June 2016

The Affordable Alternative to Precious Metals

Finding great jewellery doesnít have to break the bank. When youíre looking for jewellery such as earrings, bangles, bracelets, and necklaces, you probably think about precious metals and precious stones first. The emphasis on precious metals is actually very outdated. In the past, precious metals were considered valuable because they were rare, and also because they did not rust, corrode, or decay like other metals. For example, if you were to make a piece of jewellery out of steel, it might be shiny and attractive for a little while, but it is also much more likely to rust. It could corrode as well. Ferrous metals are conductive of electricity. A steel piece of jewellery not only could fall apart, but it would also place you in danger of electric shock. However, thereís now another option. Resin jewellery has been growing in popularity for years.

What Is Resin?
Resin typically refers to an epoxy resin, which is a polymer and prepolymer with epoxides included. It is a type of plastic that can be poured, moulded, and shaped. Before itís set, you can make it into just about any shape you want. Once itís set, it is an incredibly hard and resilient material. It is temperature resistant material that is actually stronger than many other plastics. Unlike other plastics, it can be sanded, finished, or repainted. In many ways, it is a plastic that acts like a metal. Thatís why it has become so popular as a medium for jewellery. Companies such as Ti Sento Jewellery in the UK create incredible resin jewellery.

Why Is It So Great?
The best part of resin is how adaptable it can be. When itís still liquid or semi-solid, skilled crafters can mould it into just about any shape, suspend anything in it, and make any kind of imprints on it. For example, it is very popular as a way to create superhero logos on rings and pendants. With a good mould, skilled crafters can remake a series of different complex pieces of jewellery. It is also very affordable. Precious metals have long dominated the jewellery world, because they are the traditional materials for jewellery, but thatís based on antiquated notions. Many people think that precious metals are more valuable or of higher quality simply because they are more expensive. Silver tends to corrode and has to be constantly maintained. Gold is soft and flexible. Some other metals used for jewellery, such as nickel, are actually allergenic to many people. Resin is a hypoallergenic substance that does not bend or easily deform like silver and gold.

Resin is a lot less expensive than any precious metal, so you can have a bunch of different pieces of jewellery for the price you would have paid for one piece of jewellery made of a precious material.

If youíre looking for jewellery at an affordable price, you should look into resin jewellery. Itís infinitely adaptable and very affordable.
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