Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Put a ring on it: chemistry/aviation geek style!

When picking my ring for my wedding ceremony, my family and in-laws were insisting that I wear gold. I'm Indian, so I was not surprised. Most Indians I know received gold jewelery as part of their wedding ceremony and many sport gold rings. Is it tradition? I can't really say--I'm not traditional, so I'm the wrong person to ask--but I know it's common.

I believe that a man's wedding ring reflects loyalty, reliability, strength, trust, and love. And over the years, the dings and dents it accumulates reflects experience. It's a symbol of a strong and lasting bond.

So when it came time for me to choose, I selected a metal alloy that reflects my beliefs: aerospace grade titanium alloy. Naturally.

Titanium alloys exhibit great strength and resist corrosion, fatigue, cracks, and deformation at high temperatures. In fact, part of the success of the Mach 3+ SR-71 Blackbird spy plane can be attributed to the extensive use of exotic (at the time) titanium alloys throughout its structure. Today, titanium alloys are used in on modern commercial airliners on several high-stress parts (especially in the engines).

Yes, I think it's cool to have a ring made from spy plane metal on my finger. In doing so, I satisfied my inner chemistry/aviation geek (it's my ring, after all). But ultimately, I selected a titanium alloy because is reliable and strong, which reflect my relationship with my wife.

As for the dings and dents, since I've known my wife for over a decade before we were married, I ordered ball peen finish to remind me of our years of friendship.

And in case you are wondering, I ordered my ring from Boone Rings. I don't receive any kickbacks if you buy a ring from them. I'm just a satisfied customer who wants to spread the word.

Dr. Dave

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