A Guide to Jewellery Metals


Are you a lover of gold jewellery, or do you prefer sterling silver? Is rose gold more your thing, or do you have a penchant for platinum? Maybe you choose jewellery metal based on its unique properties? Whatever your taste in terms of metals, it’s important to know about the properties of your jewellery, so that you can choose pieces that suit your needs, and then care for them accordingly.

What kind of Jewellery will not tarnish?

This is an important question for many people. When you buy a piece of jewellery that you love, you don’t want it to discolour and tarnish shortly after purchasing. Whilst copper jewellery and sterling silver jewellery are beautiful on first purchase, they can tarnish quickly and become difficult to maintain.

Palladium jewellery is a good choice if you want something that won’t tarnish. It also doesn’t need to be rhodium plated like white gold jewellery. Similarly, gold jewellery will not tarnish or corrode, making it a good choice if it’s something you wear all the time.

What is the most durable type of jewellery?

Tungsten is the strongest type of metal you can purchase for jewellery. Titanium and stainless steel jewellery are also very strong. All of these make good choices for wedding and engagement rings which are worn on a daily basis.

What varieties of gold are there?

Gold is a sought-after jewellery metal for obvious reasons. Traditional yellow gold jewellery is prized because of its beautiful colour, luxurious finish, shine and durability. Gold is actually too soft to be used by itself and has to be mixed with another metal in order to make it durable enough for jewellery. The amount of gold used is measured in karats. Pure gold is 24 karat; the lower the amount of pure gold in a piece, the lower the karat rating.

Gold is often mixed with other metals to give different colours of gold jewellery. For example, when mixed with copper, rose gold is produced. This is a very fashionable jewellery choice which is feminine but also extremely versatile, ready to match a variety of outfits.

Alternatively, gold can be mixed with platinum, palladium, nickel and / or zinc in order to make white gold jewellery when rhodium plating is applied. White gold is a very popular choice for rings and other jewellery which is worn regularly because of its silvery colour. Remember that white gold jewellery will need its rhodium plating replaced from time to time in order to keep the silver look.

Don’t forget you can mix it up and have two-tone and tricolour gold jewellery. These pieces combine the various types of gold to create interesting multi-coloured effects. Ask your local jeweller in Ilford about the possibility of tricolour jewellery; they may even be able to create something bespoke to your requirements.

Which jewellery metals are hypoallergenic?

If you require hypoallergenic jewellery, choose pieces made of purer metals, such as platinum jewellery or titanium jewellery. These will minimise the risk of an allergic reaction or irritation for the wearer.

Need advice on jewellery metals? Talk to E.K. Jewellers.

If you need more advice on the various jewellery metals available, pay a visit to E.K. Jewellers in Hainault. Our experts can advise on the various types of jewellery and how they will suit your needs. Call in today to see how we can help and choose a metal which will suit both your style and your lifestyle.

Posted on by Ian Tubby.