Jewelry Metal Education | Gold, Sterling Silver, Platinum Metals

Jewelry Metal Education | Gold, Sterling Silver, Platinum Metals
SILVER

When you are talking about Jewelry, you're talking about sterling silver. That just means its 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Sterling silver is a great option because it's durable and long lasting, so it's good for rings, necklaces, bracelets, cuff links, belt buckles, body Jewelry. But keep in mind that silver Jewelry is softer than gold, platinum and titanium, and it's likely to tarnish without proper care.

GOLD

Gold Jewelry is a mix of gold and other metals, such as silver, copper, nickel and zinc. When you're talking about the actual gold content, it's measured in Karats (K). That just describes the proportion of pure gold to the other metals in the material. The higher the proportion of gold in the final metal, of course, the more $$$ you'll have to throw down for it.

The maximum gold content is 24K, which would make for terrible Jewelry because 24K gold is soft and malleable. Look at 14K or 18K gold for Jewelry - it's strong and easy to work with.Pure gold is yellow in color and, since you won't be buying that, it's the non-gold metals used in the alloy that ultimately determine the color of this metal.

Yellow gold is the alloy of pure gold, silver and copper or zinc.

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White gold is the alloy of pure gold and white metals, such as nickel, silver and palladium. It is actually more greyish in color and is plated with rhodium to give it a whiter look. Nickel is generally avoided today since so many people are allergic to it.

Rose gold is the alloy of pure gold and a high proportion of copper.

In any of its variations, gold is a popular choice for things like wedding bands, rings, earrings and necklaces.

PLATINUM

Platinum is the rarest and most expensive of the metals. But the price is justified since it's super durable and will never tarnish. Pure platinum melts at 3,216.2 degrees Fahrenheit, so unless you're, you know, literally spending time on the sun, it'll work great for things like wedding bands and cuffs.

Appearance is everything, so platinum is often alloyed with copper and cobalt to give it a different look. Plus pairing it with other metals makes it even more durable.