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Does Tin Tarnish and Rust Ė What is Tin Itís not what you think.

Tuesday the 10th of February 2015 Buffer
Does Tin Tarnish and Rust Ė What is Tin Itís not what you think.

Here at Tin gifts we have been working with Tin for the past 6 years, Tin is a rare material known on the Periodic table as SN.

We wanted to write a little article about tin. This will help put the common misconceptions of what tin is to rest, and to help our customers understand what they are buying.

Look around your modern home and you have lots of things that today we call tin, Tin Foil and Tin cans to name two. We want to point out that these two materials are NOT tin, as the name would suggest.

Searching the internet you will find lots of jewellery cut from tin cans being advertised as Tin, these are NOT made from tin, let me explain.

Tin cans are made from Steel, and then coated in Tin as tin is a protective substance and a non corrosive material. By coating our food cans with tin it stops them from rusting and keeps our food nice and safe. If you find yourself buying such jewellery then you are not actually buying tin jewellery and your jewellery is likely to rust as that outer tin coating comes off over the years.


This leads onto the next question,

Does Tin rust or tarnish?

The answer is no. If 100% Pure Tin is used. For the above mentioned reasons, we use 100% Pure tin, bought in Ingots and then melted down in our furniss to make your jewellery.

Is Pewter Tin?

Yes In a way. But Pewter is not pure tin. It is made up of around 90-93% tin with the rest being made up of copper and other substances. If youíre really unlucky it can contain Lead. The safest bet when looking for tin gifts, especially for an occasion as important as the 10th wedding anniversary is to only buy gifts made from 100% Pure tin. We know our tin is 100% pure because every ingot we receive we lab test for purity.

I hope that anwers some of your questions, if you have any others then please drop us an email and we will be sure to answer them for you and add them to this section of the website.

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