Shades: Picking the right metal for your jewellery piece
7th May 2020
The metal for your jewellery piece is just as important as any of its other aspects. Whilst selecting the right metal is ultimately down to your individual tastes and sentiments, it may also be useful to consider the wider background and significance of each metal.
One of the rarest elements on earth, platinum has a purity and durability that makes it a popular choice for many people. The pure white radiance of this metal will never fade or change colour, which means that its appearance will last a lifetime. The metal’s impressive list of properties also makes platinum a prestigious choice for a slightly larger budget.
Unique fact: Platinum is over ten times rarer than gold.
The white lustre of this metal is caused by its alloy with other metals, such as rhodium and palladium. The clean radiance of this metal makes it a fantastic pairing for diamonds. Usually, white gold is plated with rhodium which will wear away over time and may require re-plating. The stunning aesthetic of this metal comes at a relatively reasonable cost when compared with other metals.
Unique fact: White gold begins its life as yellow gold before being alloyed with other metals to create its pure, white radiance.
The unmistakable warmth given off by yellow gold has assured its featuring in jewellery for thousands of years. It is commonly viewed as being the classic choice for rings, especially wedding bands. The carat of this metal will determine its colour and hardness, which is made of a combination of pure gold, copper and silver.
Unique fact: Gold’s element symbol is ‘Au’, this comes from the Latin term, aurum, which means “shining dawn”.
This metal has been a long-standing material used for crafting jewellery. Sterling silver is very malleable and gives off a stunningly pure glow, which disguises its lower pricing when compared to the rest of the precious metals group. However, due to is malleable and soft properties, sterling silver is also more susceptible to tarnishing and other damage.
Unique fact: In many cultures, sterling silver was viewed as being intrinsically linked with the moon and its lunar powers.
The characteristic blush of rose gold creates a distinctive appearance which brings a feeling of romance to your jewellery – in recent years, it has become increasingly popular for this reason. This metal will fluctuate in hardness and colour shade depending on the carat you select. Rose gold is especially popular amongst younger jewellery-lovers.
Unique fact: Rose gold was originally referred to as ‘Russian gold’ have first become popular in the country at the beginning of the 19th century.
Selecting the right metal is one of the most important elements of choosing a piece of jewellery. Each precious metal is completely unique and carries its own set of properties and features. Whilst reflecting your own style and tastes with the aesthetic of the metal is a significant factor, considering additional factors is also central to imperative to making the right decision. We hope this article will help you to do just that.