Titanium is a light, strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant (including resistance to seawater and chlorine) transition metal with a silvery-white metallic color. Titanium can be alloyed with other elements such as iron and aluminum to produce strong lightweight alloys. The two most useful properties of the metal form are corrosion resistance and the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. In its unalloyed condition, titanium is as strong as steel but 45% lighter. The use of titanium in the jewelry industry is becoming increasingly popular because of its durability and resistance to corrosion.
Commercially pure titanium can be cut, polished, engraved, and reworked using traditional jewelers equipment. Although harder and more resilient than other jewelry materials, it can be safely removed by using standard cutting tools.