What are the differences in metal types in Jewellery?

Jewellery offers a diversity of metals, learn more about the variety and find the one that is right for you.

Platinum Jewellery

Platinum is typically used in a nearly pure form for jewellery. Looking almost identical to white gold and naturally white, platinum will never fade or change colour for many years as long as it is cared for. Platinum is popular for engagement rings and wedding bands

Benefits of choosing platinum jewellery

  • Rarer than gold and considerate a symbol of prestige
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Heavier and more durable than white gold

Gold Jewellery

Gold is exquisite and has extraordinary heritage with unique qualities. It naturally possesses a subtle array of unique and beautiful colours. Three types of gold, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.

White gold Jewellery

White gold is real but not made entirely of gold. It is made of a mixture of pure gold and white metals such as nickel, silver, and palladium. Regular rhodium replating will ensure your white gold continues to sparkle.

Benefits of white gold

  • More affordable than platinum
  • Durable
  • Complements with white diamonds very well

Yellow gold Jewellery

Made of pure gold mixed with alloy metals such as copper and zinc.

Karat is the measurement of purity of gold alloyed with other metals. 24-karat is pure gold with no other metal. 18-karat contains 75% gold and 25% other metals. 14-karat has about 60% of purity. While 24-karat gold is extremely valuable, it is not widely used for engagement rings because of the softness of the metal making it an impractical metal for everyday use. Usually,14k and 18k gold is used to mount engagement and wedding rings as this level offers a good combination of purity and durability.

Rose gold Jewellery

Rose gold is made of pure gold mixed with copper and silver alloys. Having a higher copper content gives the gold its beautiful pink colour. A common mix for rose gold is about 75% gold and 25% copper. Because of the strength of copper, rose gold jewellery is very durable and tougher than yellow and white gold, often more affordable too.

Silver Jewellery

There are two types of silver, sterling silver and pure silver. But many other types of silver alloys used in the jewellery making. Usually, pure silver is too soft to be used in jewellery and can get damaged easily. This is one of reason silver is alloyed with other metals to make it more durable.

Sterling silver is about 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% of copper.

For other types of silver: The jewellery should be marked with an approved stamp and the purity level should be indicated, it is also recommended to ask the retailer about the exact contents of the alloy.

Stainless Steel Jewellery

Stainless steel is usually composed of iron and a 10% chromium. Stainless steel is known for its durability, repairs itself quickly against oxidation and offers a longer lifespan than sterling silver. If you are looking for a piece that stand the test of time, without losing its brilliance, stainless steel jewellery is for you. Stainless steel jewellery is perfect for everyday use and more affordable than gold and silver jewellery. Stainless steel jewellery is famous among both men and women making it a versatile option.

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