Metals have always been a favourite material for creating stunning pieces of jewelry, handicrafts and other attractive items. The process of oxidation refers to a form of conversion coating which is done for ferrous materials as well as stainless steel, copper and few other copper based alloys. Even zinc, powdered metals, and silver solder are used in this process. It is done for creating fine pieces of jewelry which has mild corrosion resistance and for the sake of fine appearance. The process of oxidation also involves impregnating with oil or wax.
The process of Oxidation in terms of jewelry is related to the application of a black finish, to one or more extent, wherein the jewelry is immersed in an oxidizing solution like potassium sulphide or other chemical solutions that enhances its appearance. Oxidation process actually creates contrast in the jewelry and is hence used a background for highlighting a raised element in a particular design. The oxidised form of sterling silver shows a lovely matte blackish surface and it ushers wonderful gun metal lustre. The process of oxidising silver turns the surface of metals into black. Even sulphur is used for the purpose of oxidising black metals.
Artisans of Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and few other regions in India are skilled in this process, which is used for creating attractive earrings, bangles, pendants and other forms of jewelry as well as art items. This form of treatment is also called as patina wherein it is only a surface treatment and it doesn’t alter the internal characteristics of these metals. Usually customers who purchase an oxidised piece polish it regularly so as to prolong its life. There are oxidized black metal bangles with simple design that are available in a range of sizes. The appeal of the oxidized metal is enhanced sometimes with a beautiful choker and a pendant with mirror, and these are also matched with pretty danglers. Indian artisans are skilled in the process of oxidation and the end products are highly appealing in the domestic handicrafts, jewelry and art market.
A shiny finish which is imparted for oxidized black metal is very appealing as it ushers an aura of classy touch for those wear them. Therefore, young women tend to find the oxidized black metal jewelry attractive. Therefore, these are popular even as the artisans involved come up with new designs and delicate carvings which only enhance its attractiveness. It is available at reasonable prices and is within the reach of many in the domestic market.