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Precious metals

Precious Metals Explained

PLATINUM – The current most popular metal choice due to its high shine white metal finish and hardwearing properties. It doesn’t require any extra metal coating such as Rhodium and will not lose its whiteness over time. It is also the only one of the jewellery metal choices that does not lose metal if ever it happens to be scratched, the metal is displaced rather than lost and a re polish will have it looking good as new

WHITE GOLD – Due to the dramtic rise in price of the elements used in the alloy (mix of metals used to produce all gold) which contribute to its whiteness White gold has fallen out of favour with jewellery buyers in recent years. Whilst it is still a quality, hardwearing white metal it will require recoating white Rhodium every couple of years to maintain its beautiful white shine.

YELLOW GOLD – This is metal, due to the elements used in the alloy, is ever so slightly softer than white gold. 9ct is harder than 18ct as there is less pure gold used. Pure gold is very soft and would be totally unsuitable for use in Jewellery. There are 14ct and 22ct options which are common place in other parts of the world but here in the UK we use 18 and 9ct as standard. Its very common to use either a white gold or a platinum setting (head of the ring and claws) on a yellow gold ring to enhance the whiteness of the diamonds.

ROSE GOLD – As with Yellow gold this metal should keep its colour well and would not need any coatings. The main element which gives the red tones is Copper, and there is also silver to help give it that famous rose glow. White metals are often used for the setting of stones with this metal too