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Jewelry Metals

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METALS

 

Platinum

This rare precious metal is chosen for it's natural white luster which provides the perfect reflective setting for a diamond. It's durability is higher than other precious metals and as such is regarded for safely holding diamonds in place when used as a ring head. A typical Platinum setting is made of up to 95% Platinum. Additional metals within the Platinum Group of Metals (PGM) include: Iridium, Palladium, Ruthenium, Rhodium, and Osmium. Your Platinum ring will be stamped 'PT' or 'PLAT' along with a number identifying the amount of pure Platinum the ring contains in parts per thousand.


18K Gold

(Karat: percentage of pure gold in your jewelry) 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold. It is strong and contains the highest gold-content besides the much softer and weaker 24K (pure gold) and thus reduces the chances of allergic reactions to the other metals in the alloy mixture. Gold is combined with other metals such as Palladium, Nickel, Copper, Zinc, and Silver to increase it's durability, change it's color (white gold, rose gold), and lower it's price.

 

14K Gold

14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold. Because of the lower gold content, 14k solid gold's other metals may cause allergic reactions to the skin. It is also more prone to tarnish when worn against the skin compared with 18K gold.


Palladium

Part of the Platinum Group of Metals or (PGM), Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal that does not tarnish in the air. It has long been a lighter alternative to Platinum as well as White Gold for it's whiter appearance. It is often used to make white gold alloys because of it seldom causes allergic reactions to the skin. Because of this it is also an alternative to Silver. It has quickly grown in popularity over the past 5 years.