Magnets come in all shapes and sizes, strengths and unique materials for a range of crafting and more practical purposes. Whether you’re keeping organised with a magnetic planner, making signs, searching for die storage or writing notes to keep on your fridge, The Magnetic Shop offers a selection of brilliant products that you’ll instantly have a strong attraction to!

However, you may have noticed terms like neodymium, ferrite or ceramic come up time and again... So, what’s the difference?

In our latest blog, The Magnet Shop will explore the key differences and comparisons between the various types of magnets available to you, helping inform your buying decisions, while also giving you some key insight into the magnetic world. 

What Are Neodymium Magnets? 

The most popular and commonly found rare-earth magnet, neodymium are the strongest and most commercially abundant permanent magnets out there. Made from an alloy of neodymium, iron, and boron (NdFeB), these super strong, high performance magnets not only offer you brilliant levels of magnetism, they’re also resistant against demagnetisation. Neodymium are exceptional for magnetic games and more demanding crafts that you might be putting together. 

At The Magnet Shop, our Magnetic Neodymium Toy Darts Set sticks to any metal or magnet receptive surface thanks to the strong neodymium magnet tip.

What Are Rare-Earth Magnets?

Although neodymium is in the ‘rare-earth’ magnet group - which are strong, permanent magnets composed of rare-earth element alloys - this doesn’t make it a scarce resource like the name would suggest. You can actually find plentiful amounts of this element in the Earth’s crust, making it something that's not nearly as short in supply as cobalt, or even gold, silver and platinum. 

What Are Considered Standard Magnets?

Whereas neodymium is a rare earth alloy, consisting of neodymium, iron and boron, standard ferrite or ceramic magnets consist of iron(III) oxide. On a compositional level they have differences, but also in usage; ferrite or ceramic are great for less demanding magnetic requirements where a reliable magnetic strength is needed, but still lower than the demands usually required of neodymium. Therefore, ferrite or ceramic is a great choice for decorative purposes, stationery, light crafts and undemanding practical uses. 

Our Magnetic Hooks are brilliant for mounting onto filing cabinets, fridges, whiteboards and similar surfaces in the home or office. 

How Our Innovative Magnets Are Different…

Whereas most conventional magnets are made from the materials previously mentioned, at The Magnet Shop, we die cut our unique, flexible and self-adhesive magnetic materials in our Devon factory that you can run scissors through, shape and use for almost any crafting purpose. If regular neodymium or ferrite magnets are too costly and no longer affordable, our flexible magnetic sheets offer an alternative that will transform your organisational and creative projects brilliantly, simply, and all at a low price. 

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