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Metal Education

Metal Education

Precious metals, widely recognized as the centerpiece of jewelry, have been the hallmark of personal adornment throughout history. From the Egyptians to the Romans, the use of platinum, silver, and gold has been admired as décor. Modern jewelry consumers are no different. While gold continues to be the most commonly purchased form of high-class jewelry, platinum and silver are extremely popular as well. All three provide jewelry consumers with an attractive and durable base metal for glamorous jewelry.

  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Sterling Silver
Gold

The story of gold is as rich and complex as the metal itself. Wars have been fought for it and love has been declared with it.

Gold is rare. Today there are 165,000 metric tonnes of stocks in existence above ground. If every single ounce of this gold were placed next to each other, the resulting cube of pure gold would only measure 20 meters in any direction.

Gold

Gold can magically change color as other metals are added to the alloy. This process is how we achieve white and rose gold variations. White gold is a mixture of pure gold and white metals such as nickel, silver and palladium, usually with a rhodium coating. Rose gold refers to and encompasses the whole family of red, rose and pink gold shades. Pure gold is mixed with copper to produce the rose color. The more copper used, the redder the gold appears.

Gold

One of the great qualities of gold is its malleability. This, combined with its physical beauty and resistance to corrosion, makes gold the ultimate creative medium. Pure gold can be considered too soft and delicate for use in jewelry, so it is often combined with other metals for greater strength.

 
Gold

The story of gold is as rich and complex as the metal itself. Wars have been fought for it and love has been declared with it.

Gold is rare. Today there are 165,000 metric tonnes of stocks in existence above ground. If every single ounce of this gold were placed next to each other, the resulting cube of pure gold would only measure 20 meters in any direction.

Gold

Gold can magically change color as other metals are added to the alloy. This process is how we achieve white and rose gold variations. White gold is a mixture of pure gold and white metals such as nickel, silver and palladium, usually with a rhodium coating. Rose gold refers to and encompasses the whole family of red, rose and pink gold shades. Pure gold is mixed with copper to produce the rose color. The more copper used, the redder the gold appears.

Gold

One of the great qualities of gold is its malleability. This, combined with its physical beauty and resistance to corrosion, makes gold the ultimate creative medium. Pure gold can be considered too soft and delicate for use in jewelry, so it is often combined with other metals for greater strength.

Platinum

Platinum, a naturally white metal, will never fade or change color. Platinum also enhances the brilliance of diamonds and other gemstones without reflecting other colors of light into the gemstone. A platinum engagement ring and wedding band is everlasting, perfect for a lifetime of everyday wear. Platinum’s density makes platinum highly durable, so it doesn’t wear away over time.

Typically 95% pure, platinum is one of the purest precious metals. White gold, which is yellow gold mixed with other metals such as nickel, is often rhodium plated to give it a white appearance. Platinum’s purity makes it naturally hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Platinum

Platinum’s strength and durability makes it a secure setting for diamonds and precious gemstones. Platinum prongs offer excellent protection for diamonds. Many of the world’s most significant diamonds, from the Hope Diamond to the 60-Carat Taylor-Burton Diamond, are all set in platinum.

Sterling Silver

Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Although any metal can make up the 7.5 percent non-silver portion of sterling, centuries of experimentation have shown copper to be its best companion, improving the metal's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color. The small amount of copper added to sterling has very little effect on the metal's value. Instead, the price of the silver item is affected by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, and the intricacy of the design.

Sterling Silver

With proper care, your fine quality silver will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver.

Sterling Silver

Care should also be taken to prevent silver tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the ambient air. To clean your silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find fine silver polishes, solutions, or cloths appropriate to remove tarnish at most hardware stores or specialty craft stores. Tarnish is most easily removed when it first becomes visible. Although wearing your silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, regular cleanings of all your silver items will prevent tarnish and keep your silver bright and sparkling.

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