SELECTING PRECIOUS METALS
Whether you’re purchasing a beautiful engagement ring, a wedding band or another item of fine jewelry, we always recommend that our customers think carefully about the precious metals they’re selecting. After all, fine jewelry is about harmony; every element is of equal importance, and everything must work and flow together, to create an item of utter beauty.
If you’re unsure of the properties of certain popular precious metals - there’s no need to worry! Our Jeweler put together this quick and easy reference guide to point out the key things you need to know. Should you have any further questions, feel free to give us a call, and have a chat with us.
PLATINUM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT DOES PLATINUM LOOK LIKE?
Lustrous, bright and with a silver-white hue which has captivated jewelers and jewelry fans alike since its discovery, platinum is one of the most precious and highly sought-after metals there is. It is also prized for its hypoallergenic qualities.
HOW DURABLE IS PLATINUM?
Platinum is less malleable than other metals (such as gold and silver), meaning it is highly suitable for daily wear. On top of this, it has the benefit of being corrosion resistant - this is a metal which requires very little when it comes to maintenance, due to the fact that it does not tarnish and will retain its brightness and shine with ease.
HOW AFFORDABLE IS PLATINUM?
Due to its unique qualities, lasting durability, stunning visual appearance and relative rarity, platinum is one of the more valuable precious metals on the market.
14K WHITE GOLD: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT DOES 14K WHITE GOLD LOOK LIKE?
With its bright, silver-white gleam and hue, 14K white gold has an appearance which many compare favourably with platinum. Because of this stunning colour, it makes a splendid choice for fine items of jewelry, and has seen a steady increase in popularity over the past decade.
HOW DURABLE IS 14K WHITE GOLD?
In order to achieve that stunning finish and memorable colour, white gold is plated with rhodium. Because of this, it will require replating at certain points if you wish your white gold ring to maintain its lustre.
HOW AFFORDABLE IS 14K WHITE GOLD?
White gold does require some maintenance in order to keep it at its best. However, white gold is a more affordable option that platinum, making it popular with those looking for a budget-friendly option.
14K ROSE GOLD: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT DOES 14K ROSE GOLD LOOK LIKE?
With its delightfully blushed hue, 14K rose gold has gathered countless fans due to its pinkish tones and soft, feminine appearance. This distinctive tone is brought about by the use of a copper and gold alloy.
HOW DURABLE IS 14K ROSE GOLD?
14K Rose gold is commonly heralded as a durable choice, ideal for those looking for an easy to maintain precious metal for their jewelry. This is due in part to the inclusion of copper in the alloy - this doesn’t just add a distinctive colour, it also lends strength to the gold and bolsters the durability of the metal.
HOW AFFORDABLE IS 14K ROSE GOLD?
14K rose gold is usually sold at a similar price to white and yellow gold. It is more affordable than platinum.
14K YELLOW GOLD: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT DOES 14K YELLOW GOLD LOOK LIKE?
14K yellow gold is the quintessential precious metal, with a stunningly warm, lustrous finish that looks as though it has been made from pure sunlight.
HOW DURABLE IS 14K YELLOW GOLD?
The alloy which is used in the production of 14K yellow gold strengthens the pure metal, which is known for its malleability. Due to this, 14K yellow gold is a precious metal which is suitable for everyday wear.
HOW AFFORDABLE IS YELLOW GOLD?
14K yellow gold will usually be priced very similarly to white and rose gold, and will be more affordable than platinum.
14K BLACK GOLD RHODIUM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT DOES 14K BLACK GOLD LOOK LIKE?
14K black gold has a black rhodium coating, giving it a stark, striking and dramatic look which is at once elegant and eye-catching, and yet understated and undeniably beautiful.
HOW DURABLE IS 14K BLACK GOLD?
Because this precious metal is coated in black rhodium, it will require replating in order to maintain its lustrous finish.
HOW AFFORDABLE IS 14K BLACK GOLD?
Black rhodium plating is a relatively inexpensive process, meaning the upkeep of a black gold ring is an affordable option.