Yttrium Metal Cube 99.95%

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Yttrium Metal Cube 99.95%

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Chemically, yttrium is a metal that belongs with the rare earth series despite its position on the periodic table next to the transition metals. This relatively obscure metal has few applications because it is difficult to refine, making it expensive, and machining it makes it exponentially more so because the heat generated by tooling instantly oxidizes the metal. Special processes are needed therefore to avoid this.

Yttrium is fairly stable in air but it does tarnish a little over time, like silver for example, which means your cube might get darker. Unlike silver, however, yttrium's tarnish cannot be removed unless you physically remove the oxide layer. This oxidation can be slowed or prevented by giving it a light application of microcrystalline wax which is invisible.... and a good idea to use on any fragile metal.

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