Selecting the metal for your jewelry is almost as important as picking a style. Depending on your budget and taste, you can go from the most precious to the most common one.
Here are different types of metals used in jewelry today:
GOLD. Gold is the most popular metal option for rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. It is originally yellow, but today, it can come in rose gold and white gold color.
There are 2 things to consider when looking at gold. First would be the color and then the purity.
Gold purity or karat comes in 10, 14 and 18. Pure gold is measured as 24karat.
Another popular metal for jewelry is PLATINUM. Platinum is a white metal that comes from the ground. It is manufactured in 90 to 95% purity. Not like gold, platinum does not need any alloy mixture to make it white. It is 30 times rarer than gold and can only be found in very few and remote places. That is why it is also more expensive than gold. It feels and measures heavier compared to gold.
Sterling silver is a grayish-white colored metal. This type of metal is more common, therefore, it is less expensive compared to the first 2 metals mentioned above. It is softer than gold or platinum and does not have the hardness of other metals. Silver purity comes in 92.5% that is why it is stamped as 925. It is very popularly used in rings, bracelets, fashion necklaces and rings. It is not suitable to use for engagement rings because it tends to tarnish due to oxidation. Tarnishing however can be resolved with a silver jewelry cleaner.
Palladium is a part of platinum group metal. It is widely used for jewelry for military in the late 30’s. It is white, malleable, and hypoallergenic. It is also easy to polish and finish. Since it is in the platinum family, it does not need rhodium like what is mixed in gold to make it white. It is 95% pure palladium and is marked 950 in jewelry.
These are the most popular metals used in jewelry. Please be use this guide when purchasing or selecting metal for your jewelry. Making sure that you are buying from reputable and legitimate source.