Fine Jewelry has grown in scope in the last decade. To know if what you are getting is fine jewelry you have to look at how precious the metal and gem stones. Golds, Platinum, and in antique jewelry, sterling silver represent most of your precious metals.
Below is a list of different types of metals.
Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, so it does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold does. Platinum is very dense and heavy metal, so a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18kt gold ring.
Platinum is a prestige choice and is often chosen for its sophisticated appeal and popularity amongst the rich and famous.
Gold is the most popular choice for men’s and ladies wedding rings and engagement rings. Gold is also very popular in dress rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets.
There are several Karats available for gold.
The karat is the gold content of the metal. The karat measures the proportion of pure gold mixed with other metal alloy to make up the final metal. For example:
- 9kt gold contains 37.5% pure gold (375 parts per thousand parts).
- 14kt gold contains 58.5% pre gold (585 parts per thousand parts).
- 18kt gold contains 75% pure gold (750 parts per thousand parts).
Sterling silver is a white-grey colored metal which is less expensive than gold, platinum and titanium.
Silver is a softer metal than gold, titanium and platinum and does not have hardness that the other metals do.
Silver is a popular metal for use in jewelry such as earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and dress rings. It is best used for jewelry that will not be worn every day for an extended period. For that reason it is usually not recommend to be chosen for ladies and men’s wedding rings, and is not suitable for ladies engagement rings.
Palladium is a white metal which is has a silver-grey-white color and is similar to platinum. Palladium is one of the metals that is part of the platinum group of metals. The platinum group metals share similar chemical properties.