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Jewellery Metal Guide - All You Need To Know

Comparison Of Metal Types Reference Table


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Metal Color Finish Working Properties Hypo-Allergenic Emergency Removal
Yellow Gold Bright yellow to yellow Shows scratches, polishes as worn Malleable, wears over time No N/A
White Gold White with a yellow undertone Shows scratches, polishes as worn Rigid, more brittle than platinum, wears over time No N/A
Platinum White with a cool undertone Resistant to corrosion and wear, shows scratches, dulls to satin finish and does not tarnish Malleable, less than gold, but dense. Maintains surface embellishment such as engraving and milgrain Yes N/A
Palladium Naturally lustrous silvery-white with a gray undertone Resistant to wear, shows scratches, slowly dulls to satin finish Similar to platinum but with less weight Yes N/A
Sterling Silver Silvery-white with a slight pink undertone Shows scratches, polishes as worn, tarnishes Malleable, less suitable for everyday jewellery because it wears away more quickly No N/A
Titanium Gray Will show signs of wear, but can be polished Lightweight, shatterproof Yes Motorized Ring Cutter
Zirconium Pure black and two-tone black and silver. It will not wear away or fade over time, but is subject to scratching. Lightweight, comfortable and crack resistant. Should be removed during harsh activities to avoid scratching Yes Motorized Ring Cutter
Cobalt Chrome Bright white metal with a brilliant luster Will not tarnish, fade, or rust. Will show signs of wear, but can be polished Shatterproof, will not crack, break, or show deep scratches. Metal will scuff and mar over time Yes Motorized Ring Cutter
Tungsten Carbide Gray White, Black (topcoat) Will remain polished with no maintenance Heavy, substantial feel, can fracture or break Yes Tungsten/Ceramic Ring Cracker
Ceramic Couture Black, White, Pink (throughout) Maintains its finish Can break Yes Tungsten/Ceramic Ring Cracker
Stainless Steel Grayish white Can be machined or cast. Will show signs of wear but can be polished Shatterproof Yes Motorized Ring Cutter

Comparison of metal types reference table.

Palladium

Palladium is a member of the platinum metal group and is a soft, silvery-white color with slightly gray undertones. It is also used in an almost pure form in jewellery.

Zirconium

In its natural state, zirconium is a silver-grey color. It earns its stark black appearance through our proprietary heating process, in which a layer of hard black oxide grows on the metal. This black layer is much harder than raw zirconium, but it is very thin. Unlike oxidized silver and black rhodium, this layer does not rub off over time. It is also more durable than black-coated rings, such as black titanium and black tungsten.

Titanium

Titanium rings are very popular, particularly as a men's wedding ring. Titanium is very durable, lightweight and hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for anyone who suffers from metal allergies. Titanium's color is slightly darker than that of white gold or platinum. Because of its durability, titanium is usually machined from a single piece of metal (which is why it cannot be used for engagement ring prongs, for example). Titanium rings offer many finishes, such as a brushed finished, a polished finished and a hammered finish.

Cobalt Chrome

Cobalt chrome is an alloy which is made of cobalt and chromium. Cobalt chrome is a bright white metal with a brilliant luster. This metal's weight is similar to precious metals, but many times harder and more durable. The major advantages of cobalt chrome are that it is difficult for it to corrode, scratch or chip. Simultaneously, cobalt chrome is also very malleable, making it very easy to work with. Finally, cobalt chrome is hypoallergenic, making it a wonderful option for anyone who has sensitive skin.

Ceramic

Ceramic rings have become more prevalent because of their durability, affordability and wide range of colors. The most popular ceramic wedding ring color is black, offering a sleek and unique look for a wedding band. Ceramic jewellery is also very versatile, as it can be customized into a variety of shapes and sizes.

Precious Metals Comparison

Platinum and White Gold Palladium and Yellow Gold Sterling Silver and Rose Gold Zirconium, Titanium & Tungsten

Precious metals comparison.