Zirconium is the 40th element in the periodic table and thus a pure metal. Often used in dentistry, zirconium is non-toxic and is a perfect choice for those with allergies or sensitive skin. It is found naturally in minerals such as zircon.
Found in South Africa and Australia, the natural metal is silver-gray. To achieve the lustrous black finish, zirconium is heated for several hours to create a hard, black, coating of zirconium oxide. The metal can be hand finished to polish, matt or textured surfaces.
No metal is totally scratch-resistant, but zirconium is very durable and has a strong resistance to corrosion. The black layer is equally hardwearing and doesn’t fade or change colour.