Posted by Doug
on April 28, 2011
Wedding rings are made from a variety of metals and they each have a special appeal offering. The most popular metals for rings are silver, gold, tungsten carbide and platinum or some combination of them. Copper is another popular metal for jewelry, including rings, though it is not a common wedding ring element. It is however, along with silver, a popular choice for turquoise jewelry and is a great aesthetic match. And while each of the metals has its own visual and symbolic appeal to consumers, they also have their own chemical properties and traits.
Gold has that standard symbolic touchstone appeal and while it will always be one of the top choices it may not always be the preferred. Chemically, it is the most malleable metal that is known and it is also the least reactive. Silver is another incredibly popular choice, and it along with gold is one of the traditional precious metals. It has the highest electrical conductivity of the elements.
Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust and is extremely resistant to corrosion. Tungsten Carbide is the toughest of the metals and is about three times more stiff than steel. Because of its durability it is an extremely attractive choice and it typically has as a unique shiny hue that is particularly popular with men, though women also love it. All of these metals have their unique properties and aesthetic qualities and make great wedding rings. And of them, the tungsten carbide rings are greatly increasing in popularity with men and women for a variety of reasons.
Posted by Doug
on April 19, 2011
Home and Garden
If you are in the market for a new safe for your home or office , you’re in good company. Sales for safes for private and small business use continue to increase and greater numbers of people have them in their homes now more than ever before. In addition to the numbers of people buying safes, the technological advances in the industry have provided for large leaps in their security as well as user friendliness. It’s a recent trend to emphasize user friendliness when considering a home safe purchase. And yes, model design and aesthetics are also coming into play. This is due in part to the diversity of users and sometimes even strategic placement of the safes within one’s home.
Regardless of your specific priorities with safes, there will be some standard questions that will need to be addressed during the purchasing process. For instance, you will need to have a pretty thorough knowledge of what all you intend to store in the safe. This will determine your size requirements, and sometimes specific shape designs. In addition, the location where you intend to store the safe can have an impact on the type of safe you purchase. Sometimes environmental factors come into play, though usually this too is related to the size spectrum. These are the primary considerations and after this the personal preference factors can come into play. The standard decision here will relate to types of locks and locking devices, though sometimes this will be specific to safe models.