Before choosing your ring, you first need to decide on a metal. In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know about wearing Tantalum, so you can decide if it is the best metal for you.


Good question! Tantalum is a super rare, hard, blue-grey metal which is highly corrosion resistant. Found most-commonly in electrical capacitors for computers, mobile phones and games consoles, there's predicted to be less than 50 years of Tantalum resources left in the world. The name is derived from the Greek mythological villain, Tantalus, due to its ability to resist liquids.

where does it come from?

Tantalum is refined from the mineral ore, Tantalite, which is found in hard rock deposits across various sites, mainly in Africa, South America and Asia. Our Tantalum comes from mines in China and is ethically sourced before being sent to the UK. 


Tantalum is extremely resistant to rust, corrosion or tarnishing, which makes it a great metal choice. However, it is highly conductive of heat and electricity so extra care should be taken in those environments.


In recent years, dark grey, blue or black rings have become popular alternatives to traditional ring colours. 'Black Gold', 'Black Titanium', 'Black Tungsten' and 'Black Silver' are now common phrases in the jewellery world. However, many of these finishes use electroplating techniques, such as rhodium coating or an expensive laser treatment to alter the surface of the metal. As with most jewellery plating, over time this colour will wear off and any scratch will cause the metal underneath to 'bleed' through. At Flinn & Steel we don't use any plating or coating on our rings, so whether it's Tantalum, Tungsten or Titanium, you can be confident the finish will last. 


Tantalum rings are available in our four most popular designs; Polished, Matt/Satin/Brushed, Bevelled Edge or Hammered Effect. With a style to suit any taste, which one you choose is completely up to your own personal preference.

To enjoy the deep, smokey blue of Tantalum in all its glory, then our brushed Millhouses ring is a great option. Alternatively, our Crookes Valley ring features two polished, bevelled edges with a brushed centre on the outside and a polished inside for comfort. 

For those who want to stand out from the crowd, our Rivelin Valley ring is a firm favourite in any metal. We think you’ll agree, in Tantalum this hammered effect style is our most luxurious ring yet!