LEARN ABOUT METALS

GOLD

Gold, the 79th element on the Periodic Table of Elements, has been used to make jewelry for over 6000 years. The fascination with Gold continues today, as it is still one of the most popular metals for Engagement Rings and Fine Jewelry. 24 Karat Gold is too soft for every day wear, so it must be mixed with other metals such as silver, copper, zinc, and nickel for durability. 18K Gold is softer than 14K because it has a higher percentage of pure gold in the metal alloy. 14K Gold is slightly more durable, and will hold up well to wear and tear. If you have an active lifestyle we recommend 14K. 18K Gold will have a richer color, and is a better candidate for engraving. Gold is not a good choice for those with metal allergies, since it is sometimes alloyed with nickel.

14K Gold is made up of approximately 58% pure gold, and 42% alloyed metals.

18K Gold is made up of approximately 75% gold, and 25% alloyed metals.

Depending on the intended metal color, the alloy metals will change.

White Gold

White Gold is still one of the most popular metals for Engagement and Fine Jewelry for its color, durability, and value. White Gold will need to be rhodium dipped every few years to maintain its white color.

14K White Gold is made up of approximately 58% pure gold, and 42% alloyed metals such as silver, zinc and nickel.

18K Gold is made up of approximately 75% gold, and 25% alloyed metals such as silver, zinc and nickel.

Yellow Gold

Classic Yellow Gold is a timeless choice for your jewelry. Yellow Gold is an excellent metal to use with diamonds with a lower color grade. Diamonds with faint color will appear whiter in Yellow Gold.

14K White Gold is made up of approximately 58% pure gold, and 42% alloyed metals copper and silver

18K Gold is made up of approximately 75% gold, and 25% alloyed metals copper and silver.

Rose Gold

Gaining popularity, Rose Gold is an ideal metal color for antique inspired designs.

14K Rose Gold is made up of approximately 58% pure gold, and 42% copper and silver. Rose Gold contains more copper to appear more peach or pink colored.

18K Rose Gold is made up of approximately 75% gold, and 25% copper and silver. 18K Rose Gold will appear more yellow because it has less copper than 14K.

RHODIUM PLATING

White Gold is plated with Rhodium to keep it white and shiny. Rhodium is a rare, naturally occurring metal in the platinum family. Rhodium is tough and able to resist scratches and corrosion. Having your jewelry dipped in rhodium will make it stand out, and will keep your white gold looking beautiful. Rhodium will wear off naturally every few years, and will need to be reapplied.

Some designs are plated with Black Rhodium, which will give your jewelry a dark black look, and make any gemstones pop! Black Rhodium can also be used to create an antique patina. It will also wear off naturally every few years, and will need to be reapplied.

PLATINUM

The element Platinum is 30 times as rare as gold, is a noble metal, and has a white color that will never fade. Platinum is a dense and durable metal, but is softer than gold, scratches easily, and can be bent or misshapen with hard blows. Platinum just needs to be polished to remove any scratches from the surface. Platinum is an ideal metal for engraving, and over time it "sticks" to set diamonds and makes them less prone to falling out. Platinum is hypoallergenic because of its purity, and is ideal for those with sensitive skin and allergies.

Platinum is made up of approximately 95% pure platinum, and approximately 5% of silver and rhodium.

PALLADIUM

Palladium is a noble metal like Platinum, but less dense. Palladium is naturally white like platinum, and can resist oxidation. Palladium is a hypoallergenic metal like Platinum, and is ideal for those with sensitive skin and allergies. It is also very durable, and does not need to be plated to remain white.

Palladium is made up of approximately 95% pure palladium, and 5% of silver and rhodium.

TITANIUM

Titanium is a strong metal most notably used in engineering. Titanium is lightweight, gray in color, and will not tarnish. Titanium is softer than Tungsten and can still be scratched. Titanium is a hypoallergenic metal, making it perfect for those with allergies. This metal does not require plating, and will not tarnish. Titanium is a great choice for an individual with an active lifestyle since the ring will stand up better than gold or platinum.

Titanium rings cannot be sized by our jewelers. Special tools are needed to remove a Titanium ring in case of an emergency.

Titanium is made up of approximately 99% pure titanium.

TUNGSTEN CARBIDE

Tungsten is a gray forged metal, with a hardness equal to that of diamonds. It is exceptionally durable and strong, hypoallergenic, and scratch-resistant. It is denser than Titanium and Cobalt, and will feel heavier on the hand. It is a brittle metal, so it is prone to shattering if it is dropped or hit by a hard blow. Tungsten is a great choice for an individual with an active lifestyle since the ring will stand up better than gold or platinum.

Tungsten rings cannot be sized by our jewelers. Tungsten can be shattered by a hammer or a hard blow in case of an emergency.

Tungsten is made up of approximately 80% pure tungsten, and 20% carbon.

COBALT CHROME

Cobalt Chrome is four times as hard as platinum, but is a lighter and less dense metal. Cobalt rings are gray, scratch resistant, shatterproof, and chip resistant. Cobalt is also a hypoallergenic metal, making it perfect for those with allergies. This metal does not require plating, and will not tarnish. Cobalt is a great choice for an individual with an active lifestyle since the ring will stand up better than gold or platinum.

Although Cobalt is scratch resistant, it will show some wear over time, and cannot be sized by our jewelers. Special tools are needed to remove a Cobalt ring in case of an emergency.

Cobalt Chrome is made up of approximately 70% cobalt, and 20% chromium.