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"And they sell exotic, even black metal; said fellow goldsmith Hanno van der Meulen. It's 1981, and jewelry designers start a little wake up for materials other than gold and silver. Inside it is rather messy sales of Mr Van Belle. He hides behind stacks of paper and strange metal. There is titanium, molybdenum, indium, and also that promised black metal; tantalum. Magic material, dark, heavy with a very high melting point. 


Titanium is derived from the mythological Titans. Where tantalum is dark and heavy, titanium appears gray and light.

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