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- Nearly as hard as sapphire with a lustrous, hand-polished finish
- Ideal for creating chains, pendants or earrings
- Excellent connector or multi-media design component
- Available in a variety of shapes including the popular infinity sign
Using 21st century technology, zirconia ceramic components are created from natural zirconia powder in a process that begins with the ethical mining of zirconia rich sands in Australia. The zirconia grains are separated from non-essential elements in the sand and crushed into a fine powder, where binding and color agents are added. Then, through a treatment called sintering, the mixture is pressed into a mold and fired under massive pressure at over 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. Hand-polished with diamond lapidary tools, and nearly as hard as sapphire, these classic black and white components offer countless design possibilities. Available in a variety of shapes, including the popular infinity sign, zirconia ceramic components are ideal for creating chains, pendants and earrings, or including in mixed-media projects. Zirconia ceramic can also be safely baked with polymer clay or Friendly Plastic®.
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