All Metals Are Not Created Equal.
All jewelry metals have unique properties. Each metal differs in the way it performs, feels, wears and looks. That’s why we’ve put together an overview of the most popular jewelry metals. The more you know the better choice you’ll make.
Eternally white, naturally enduring and 30 times more rare than gold, platinum is ideal for anyone looking for a truly unique and timeless metal. Platinum engagement rings offer the durability and strength to protect your center diamond throughout the years. While platinum is similar to white gold in appearance, it is naturally white so it does not need re-plating. Platinum will retain its shine for generations, allowing your jewelry to become precious family heirlooms. Its non-reactive, hypoallergenic qualities make it an excellent metal choice for those with skin sensitivity.
Yellow gold offers a warm glow. Pure gold is too soft to hold its shape in fine jewelry, so it’s alloyed with other precious metals for strength. Look for “14k” or “18k” as a fineness mark that proves the quality of your gold jewelry. Among fine metals, gold tends to be more malleable, so prongs in a gold engagement ring should be checked each year.
Some people prefer the silver color of white gold to the yellow color of normal gold, yet may find silver to be too soft or easily tarnished, and the cost of platinum prohibitive. While white gold contains varying amounts of gold, which is always yellow, it also contains one or more white metals to lighten its color and add strength and durability. Although most people think white gold is a shiny white metal, that color is actually from the rhodium metal plating that is applied to all white gold jewelry.
18k rose gold is a 75% gold and 25% copper alloy, resulting in a gorgeously warm and rich metal. Pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry, and so the melding of metals allows for a range of colors and tones. The rosy warmth is romantic and earthy; as such, it pairs with diamonds beautifully. It is also suitable for most skin tones due to its soft appearance.
Palladium is a naturally white, very lightweight metal that is new to fine jewelry. It’s a very rare, hypoallergenic metal that doesn’t tarnish or require re-plating like white gold. Because it is so lightweight, it is quite comfortable and feels like almost nothing against the skin.