Carbon Fiber Jewelry for Progressive Men
It is not very often that something truly different in jewelry comes into view, but when it does, everyone stands up and takes notice. Such is the case with carbon fiber jewelry - which is unlike any other jewelry you have ever seen.
Carbon fiber is not new and it is not a metal, it is a reinforcing composite renown for its extreme strength and light weight: it is 3x lighter than titanium and 2x as stiff. This material was in existence since the 19th century and gained its reputation in the 1960's when it was used to build the advance military test plane structures.
The success of carbon fiber technology was adopted by the manufacturers of Formula 1 chassis and body panels. The need for speed was the primary motivation for its use in racing cars. Combining carbon fiber with advance aerodynamics has resulted in the sound barrier-breaking speeds accomplished by racers today. In addition, it is currently being used to build telescopes, jet airplane structures and high end bicycles.
Jewelry made completely from carbon fiber was first produced in 2004, before that point carbon fiber was used as a component, such as the face of a watch or an insert into a pendant. While it is still expensive to produce, as its popularity grows as a jewelry medium, production costs will begin to decrease.
For the man who enjoys being on the cutting edge of fashion trends, carbon fiber bracelets are the defining item of the moment. Carbon fiber jewelry is highly desirable as a fashion accessory due to its exotic origin and exclusivity -it is only available through select jewelers. Imagine the response you will get when you tell your friends that you are wearing a bracelet made from the same material that NASA scientists used to build the Hubble telescope and send it into space. A carbon fiber bracelet will set you miles apart from the typical assortment of jewelry.
The process of creating carbon fiber jewelry involves some heavy duty science, but the main thing to keep in mind is that it is coated with an epoxy which can fade if kept in direct sunlight over an extended period of time. A carbon fiber bracelet is virtually maintenance free; it can be cleaned with any mild soap.
In terms of style, there are a wide variety of carbon fiber bracelets for you to choose from in a combinations of styles, finishes, and colors, which are custom made for your wrist. If you prefer to be unique, carbon fiber jewelry will take your fashion style well beyond this point all the way to extraordinary.
The best carbon fiber jewelry is manufactured with aerospace grade prepreg (dry) carbon fiber, then cured under extreme heat and autoclave pressure in order to produce a very high quality lamination. There are some limitations with bracelets: it is important not to stretch them beyond 2" in diameter or the epoxy finish may crack.
Carbon fiber jewelry is hand contoured and finished to achieve an brilliant glossy finish and then coated for extra protection. In addition to carbon fiber bracelets, you will find leading jewelry designers and manufacturers from around the world incorporating carbon fiber into their creations, such as Zoppini's impressive stainless pendant with carbon fiber inset or the Master DUCATI watch with Chronograph Black PVD Non reflective 'stealth' stainless steel watch with its carbon fiber dial.
For the progressive man who want something really different, wearing a carbon fiber bracelet or pendant will make an attention-getting statement that enhances your personality and your lifestyle with its high-tech design and style.