Titanium, named after the Greek Titans, was discovered in this realm over 200 years ago. It is a metal, the 4th most common elemental metal in Mother Earth's crust. Like aluminum, it is never found in its pure form. It must be coaxed from the natural crystals in which it is found.
The intricate ritual that wins metallic titanium from the earthy crystals such as rutile, ilmenite, and titanate requires precise application of energy (fire), solutions (water), and vapors (air). This was not accomplished until the 20th century.
Once we have the pure metal, then the true magic begins:
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Although titanium and its colorful oxide coating are immune
to time and any chemical that won't send one to an emergency room, oil and dirt
can temporarily dull some of the colors.
Also, abrasives can gradually wear away the surface coloring. Protect your titanium from scratches.
To clean: Use alcohol or non-moisturizing soap and
water and a soft cloth to gently wipe away dulling dirt and oils.
Avoid metal polishes or scrubbing soaps, because these contain abrasives which may scrub away the sub-micron thick color layer.
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