FINE CERAMICS WORLD
Introduction to Fine Ceramics
Characteristics of Fine Ceramics
Learning About Fine Ceramics
Part 1: What Makes Fine Ceramic Knives so Special?
Part 2: Which Part Uses Fine Ceramics?
Part 3: Fine Ceramics Inside the Body
Part 4: Decorative Fine Ceramics
Part 5: Fine Ceramics at Work in the Deep Sea
Part 6: Fine Ceramics at Work in Space
Part 7: Fine Ceramics Opening Up Opportunities for New Types of Energy
Fine Ceramics in Daily Life
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Learning About Fine Ceramics
Part 4: Decorative Fine Ceramics
Fine Ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”) can be specially designed to express a variety of colors and tints. In addition to hardness, scratch resistance and biocompatibility, Fine Ceramics also possess deep colors, luster and distinctive textures, making them ideal for use in various accessories such as wristwatch bands and casings, and other decorative applications as parts on electronic devices and jewelry.
 
Photo: Colorful Fine Ceramics

Abundant Color Variations
Alumina ceramics and zirconia can be made to express a wide range of colors from warm to cool tones. In addition, composite ceramics such as titanium carbide and titanium nitride, known as cermets, can also produce a metallic tint.
See "Types of Fine Ceramics" for more details

Harder Than Metal / Scratch Resistant
The major features of Fine Ceramics are their hardness and high scratch resistance compared to other materials. Therefore, when used as a decorative material they maintain their original beauty for a long time. The hardness of Fine Ceramics is generally expressed as Vickers hardness, and alumina ceramics are a very hard material - about three times as hard as stainless steel.
image: Number of color variations
See "Physical - Hardness" for more details

Allergy Safe / Light
Fine ceramics contain hardly any materials that could cause allergic reactions. Thus, people with metal allergies can use jewelry made from Fine Ceramics without worry. In addition, lightweight characteristics make them ideal for use in a wide range of accessories that are in direct contact with the skin, such as earrings and wristwatches.
Photo: Pierce Fine Ceramics won't cause metal allergic reactions. Photo: Wristwatch Used for wristwatch bands and bezels.
See "Chemical - Biocompatibility" for more details
See "Physical - Specific Gravity" for more details

Part 1: What Makes Fine Ceramic Knives so Special? Part 2: Which Part Uses Fine Ceramics? Part 3: Fine Ceramics Inside the Body
Part 4: Decorative Fine Ceramics   Part 5: Fine Ceramics at Work in the Deep Sea   Part 6: Fine Ceramics at Work in Space
Part 7: Fine Ceramics Opening Up Opportunities for New Types of Energy        

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The term "Fine Ceramics" is interchangeable with "advanced ceramics," "technical ceramics" and "engineered ceramics." Use varies by region and industry.
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