Jewellery Metal Choices

 Metal Choices

We often get asked which metal is the best option for jewellery – unfortunately there is no short answer!  It comes down to personal taste, lifestyle and budget.  All metals vary in colour, hardness and durability, weight and price.  Below are the main points to consider when deciding between two metals.  Call in store to discuss this further with us and we can show you the subtle differences between each option.

It is also important to remember that no metal is indestructible and that all jewellery requires care and maintenance.  For advice on how to care for your jewellery visit our care guide or contact us for more information.

Matte finish and polished platinum

Platinum

Colour – white

Platinum is a rare metal and therefore is the most expensive of all of the precious metals.  It has a natural white colour which will not change over time and it is extremely hard wearing.  One thing to note is that platinum does not stay as shiny as white gold and can dull quite a bit over time.  However, it can be repolished for a small charge and will come up as good as new when this is done.

18ct gold

Colour – white, rose or yellow

Traditionally the most common choice for wedding rings as it is the most precious type of gold used in jewellery.

18ct white gold is typically plated in another metal called rhodium to give it a whiter look.  That is not to say that it is yellow gold that has been plated white – it is a white metal but not as white as when it is rhodium plated.  This plating will wear off over time but can be replated for a small charge.

18ct yellow and rose gold are not plated and therefore will not change in colour over time.

18ct Gold

Rose Gold & Silver Stacking Rings

9ct gold

Colour – white, rose or yellow

9ct gold has a lower gold content and therefore is a less expensive metal.  It is harder wearing than 18ct and the colour is slightly different.

Gold is naturally yellow and so the higher the gold content the more yellow the metal is.  As a result 9ct gold is a paler colour yellow than 18ct.

In the case of white and rose 9ct gold the opposite happens.  The colour is provided by the alloy (the metal that is added to the gold) and as there is less gold, there is more alloy and therefore the colour is deeper.  9ct rose and white gold will be redder and whiter respectively than the 18ct equivalent.

Metal-colours
Subtle differences in colour between 18ct and 9ct gold in yellow, white and rose.

Palladium

Colour – white

Palladium is a lovely choice for men’s wedding rings.  It is from the platinum family, is a very strong metal, it is naturally white and yet is a lot less expensive than platinum.

Palladium Wedding Ring - Half Matte Half Polished

Matt & Polish Titanium Ring

Titanium

Colour – In a matte finish titanium is a charcoal grey colour and in polished finish has more of a steel look

Titanium is an extremely strong metal and is very light weight.  The masculine colour is appealing to men who want an understated ring and it is very reasonably priced.

Silver

Colour – white

Silver is a softer metal and therefore normally not used for engagement rings or wedding rings.  It is a very nice choice for other jewellery and is a lot less expensive than gold.  Silver with gold plated detail has a very nice appeal and is quite popular nowadays.

If silver is not warn it will tarnish over time.  This tarnish can be removed by repolishing or by using a solution such as silver dip.  Visit our jewellery care guide to find out how to care for your silver jewellery.

Silver & Amethyst Cocktail Ring