jewelry metals guide
At Helzberg Diamonds, metal choice in our jewelry is based on the type of product and how it will be used. For example, we set our engagement rings in gold or platinum so your ring will last for years and years. Diamond fashion jewelry, on the other hand, is most commonly set in gold, while silver is used to give you a large look at a great price. Of course, there are many types of jewelry metals out there for both women's and men's jewelry alike. Our quick guide to understanding metal types is here to help sort them all out. Let's dive in!
types of jewelry metals
Some of the most common metal types used to make jewelry are gold, silver and platinum. Others include titanium, tungsten, tantalum, palladium, cobalt, stainless steel and so many others. Each one has its benefits and differences surrounding durability, comfort, luster, beauty and cost.
types of gold metals
Gold purity is measured in karats. When a metal is 100% pure, like 24K gold, it is too soft and malleable to create long-lasting jewelry. Consequently, it must be alloyed with other metals to give it strength. Here's a quick breakdown of the different gold karats you'll encounter and what they mean:
18 parts gold, 6 parts other metals by weight (75% pure)
14 parts gold, 10 parts other metals by weight (58.3% pure)
10 parts gold, 14 parts other metals by weight (41.7% pure)
Gold is alloyed with specific metal types to give it a white, rose or yellow hue. Depending on your style or priorities, each of these colors offers distinctive characteristics and benefits.
White gold has a silver appearance and is composed of gold that is typically alloyed with white metals such as palladium, platinum, silver and nickel. It is also commonly plated with rhodium to add to its shine and hardness. This beautiful precious metal is a durable, affordable alternative to platinum. To maintain its lustrous silvery color, white gold rings must have their rhodium coatings re-plated periodically.
With its warm color and classic appeal, yellow gold is a popular fine metal that never goes out of style. It is typically alloyed with small amounts of silver and copper to make it more resilient and preserve its timeless shine. A staple of many jewelry collections, yellow gold can be used to craft intricate designs for a unique look. To keep your yellow gold pieces looking beautiful, have them polished to maintain their luster.
Blushing, beautiful rose gold lends a hint of romance to any ensemble. It is alloyed with copper and silver, giving it a distinct pinkish hue, like a rose (hence the name). The copper is what gives it a memorable pink coloring. Strong enough for daily wear, rose gold has unmistakable vintage appeal, and its lovely color flatters most skin tones. While it looks gorgeous with diamonds, it is especially complementary of morganite and other gemstones.
Five times rarer than yellow gold, platinum is a luxurious metal of exceptional quality. Harder, heavier and far more scratch-resistant than other metals, platinum is a gorgeous, durable option known for its coveted white luster. Unlike white gold, naturally white platinum does not need to be re-plated or re-polished to avoid a yellow hue.
Like 24K gold, pure silver is too soft for making jewelry and will lose its shape over time. Sterling silver, however, is alloyed with metals like copper to create a harder metal. Sterling silver's affordability and appearance make it great for gift-giving.
types of alternative metals
These days, alternative metals are becoming more and more popular for men's bands because of their distinct appearances, durability and affordability. From tantalum and titanium to cobalt, zirconium, meteorite and stainless steel, the following metals offer unique options for a variety of personal styles and needs.
A meteorite is a chunk of debris from a meteoroid originating from outer space. Meteorite jewelry is usually made from iron meteorites. While there are all sorts of iron meteorites, some are more common than others, including Gibeon meteorite.
A very compelling material for one-of-a-kind men's wedding bands, meteorite is an incredibly rare material billions of years in the making. Because it is exceptionally rare, meteorite jewelry is expensive. It also requires extra care due to its high iron content which leaves it susceptible to rust.shop meteorite jewelry
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