I got this metal phone ring stand from online. When I was meddling with it, I notice the ring started to produce iridescence. (See photo-only the centre portion, the moveable ring is not affected) I believe the mild heat from my hand caused this to happen. I left it alone on a table overnight, and the next morning, the iridescence disappeared. Te ring is back to normal.
Whenever I applied mild heat again (I placed it at the back of my vacuum cleaner for 5seconds), the iridescent will appear, but will then disappear again after I leave it overnight.
The iridescent consists of greenish, pinkish and purplish hues. It doesn’t seem to be forming at the surface, but rather it seems to be forming in the interior.
The seller claims that the ring is made up of zinc alloy, but it is magnetic. Some guesses of the material that might be in the product: zinc alloy, nickel, steel, chrome plating (the centre portion is very reflective like a mirror) Please correct me if my guesses are wrong.
I am just very perturbed by this phenomenon occurring in such simple object and am curious to find out what causes this!!