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Precious Metals

A METAL IS DEEMED TO BE PRECIOUS IF IT IS RARE

Everyone has a favourite colour, but when it come to choosing a precious metal how do you decide?
Do you select a colour by its content and durability or to match your skin tones or something else that you wear?
If you like white metal you have multiple choices as there is Sterling Silver, White Gold, Platinum and also Palladium.
Yellow gold is a very versatile metal and its colour can be subtly changed depending on the carat of the gold chosen, you could even choose a red or pink gold.
But don’t despair I will personally help you choose the perfect precious metal that is right for you

Platinum

Platinum is a rare precious metal that’s used to create fine jewellery. Its heavy weight and durability make platinum a metal that will not wear away with constant use. Platinum holds fine gemstones firmly in place for the life of the jewellery when used as prongs and other setting components.
Platinum’s natural white lustre provides a rich backdrop for diamonds, but it’s a metal that is just as elegant when used all by itself to create a piece of jewellery, either a simple polished item or a design with engraved motifs. Platinum looks stunning when combined with contrasting touches of 18K yellow  and rose gold.
There are lots of reasons to choose platinum for your fine jewellery
Platinum Jewellery that contains at least 950 parts per thousand of pure platinum may be marked or described as “Platinum”

Gold

Have you ever been confused by the term yellow, white, pink and red gold?
All real gold is yellow, isn’t it?
So how do other colours fit in—are they imitations?
They aren’t imitations at all-they are in fact alloys, new metals that are created by combining two or more different metals.

Gold Alloys

Coloured gold alloys are just as “real” as their golden coloured counterparts. Pure gold is generally too soft to be used for jewellery, so other metals are nearly always added to it, no matter which colour of gold is being prepared for jewellery making. Chances are the ring on your finger is marked 18ct or 9ct to indicate how much pure gold is present in the mix.

Gold carat Markings

24ct gold is pure gold where as 18ct gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of other metal(s), making it 75% gold.

White Gold Alloys

Nickel can be mixed with gold to create a white (or grey) colour; it can cause dermatitis in people who are sensitive to nickel.  Palladium is another metal used to create white gold alloys. Related to platinum, it is more expensive than nickel, but is less likely to cause allergic reactions than nickel.

Rose & Pink Gold Alloys

Copper is added to make gold coloured alloys, but additional copper creates pink and rose tones -the more copper, the deeper the effect

Palladium

It looks like platinum, it’s part of the platinum family of metals and is a great alternative to platinum.
Palladium is a silvery-white, rare and lustrous precious metal, one of the platinum group metals which are typically found together in ore deposits. Palladium is naturally white from the earth so it will never change colour. The richest known palladium deposit in the world is located in southern Montana in the USA.
Palladium is currently priced between a quarter and a half the cost of platinum, a fact that customers have deeply appreciated and has helped palladium rise in popularity over the higher priced platinum and white gold. Unlike white gold, palladium does not need to be rhodium coated and will keep its natural white colour. More than a fifth of the worlds palladium supply now goes into jewellery production.
Palladium like platinum is hallmarked 950 at the assay office however the stamping around the mark are different with platinums looking like a house

Silver

Pure silver is soft, too soft to create durable jewellery, so it’s mixed with other metals to enhance performance.
Copper is the metal most commonly used to make up the remaining 7.5 percent content of a sterling silver mix. Copper makes the silver harder, but gives it a tendency to tarnish, a darkening that occurs when sterling silver reacts with gases in the air or with other substances that it comes in contact with.
Sterling silver jewellery that is worn continually often develops a lovely patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. If you like the look, leave it alone. If you prefer a bright and shiny look for your sterling silver, use a polish cloth to restore the jewellery to its original appearance.
Sterling silver jewellery is both beautiful… and affordable putting it within reach of nearly any budget

I AM ALWAYS HAPPY TO DISCUSS IDEAS

Call today if you have an idea for a bespoke piece of jewellery or would like to find out more about the process. I work with a broad range of budgets and am always happy to discuss ideas.

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