Damascus steel was first introduced in the trading center of Damascus (in present-day Syria). Its unique wavy or “damask” pattern is produced by mixing iron and steel. Also known as pattern-welded steel, the techniques used to create Damascus forms a metal that is hard and flexible. It was originally used to make swords and other long bladed weapons. Warriors from the Vikings to the Samurai have long held swords and knives made from laminated steel in the highest esteem. Damascus steel is known for its durability, 0 maintenance, and quality. These rings are hypoallergenic and much harder than conventional jewelry metals.