Kickstarter Space Engineer creates "real" Mithril
There's a Kickstarter project working on space elevators, using carbon nanotube (CNT) technologies.
One of the supporters asked if they could buy enough CNT to make a pair of wedding rings, because they would outlast both gold and diamond.
It turns out that, to be able to make a CNT wedding ring, you need the ability to build a space elevator.
They found a compromise, though, and made a brand new material - they alloyed CNT with silver;
In essence we’ve created a unique silver+carbon nanotube alloy. We would like to brand this material “Mithril” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s super-material in the Lord of the Rings… so far, the foundation’s branding people have not returned our calls. (According to their website, it’s an 8 week process.)
For a long time during the design and creation of the rings, their existence was a secret. Now, though, the groom has given these reasons for buying a pair of Mithril rings;
- Reason #1 - Use this line when you propose, "Many men promise their brides-to-be the stars. It's a very rare man that actually delivers." At which point you can explain the ring, and the potential bride is thusly wowed.
- Reason #2 - It REALLY shows that you're planning on a better world for your children - aka, you're awesome husband material.
- Reason #3 - Awesome conversation piece.
- Reason #4 - Someone shows off their gold ring, and you can say, "How quaint."
- Reason #5 - The working name for the metal is awesome. I won't say more without Michael's permission. But let's just say, the name is very... enchanting. When the people who see you hear what metal your ring is made of, they'll do a double-take and then demand more information.
- Reason #6 - There are very interesting properties to these rings that are fun to show off. Again, not going to go into detail without Michael's go ahead.
- Reason #7 - It's one thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one. It's a completely different thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one that's a piece of history.
- Reason #8 - Gold wears away easily, these rings may be able to be passed onto your great great grandkids.
The full story is on the Liftport site,