Metals

There are a wide range of metals used in jewelry making to get the look and feel needed for a specific piece.

Gold (Au)

24 Karat gold is a dense, malleable precious metal that is bright yellow in color and can be polished to a high luster. In its pure form it is considered too soft and not suitable to use in jewelry. Gold is commonly mixed with other metals, or alloys, to create a wide range of color variations and working properties.

White gold is a silvery-looking gold alloy that contains gold mixed with palladium, nickel, or sometimes zinc to achieve its color. White gold has yellow undertones and is commonly rhodium-plated to create a whiter appearance. The plating will eventually wear away at which time it can be replated.

  • 24 Karat gold fine (99.7% gold)
  • 18 Karat gold is 18 parts gold or 75% pure gold content, which may be marked as 750
  • 14 Karat gold is 14 parts gold or 58% pure gold content, which may be marked as 585
  • 10 Karat gold is 10 parts gold or 41% pure gold content, which may be marked as 417

Silver (Ag)

Silver is a wonderful metal for creating jewelry. Among its many desirable qualities, malleability stands out, which means that it can be formed into a variety of shapes easily. It is also lustrous when cared for properly. Silver has a wonderful white color. We recommend only purchasing Sterling Silver jewelry. Sterling Silver is a silver alloy comprised of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper (often marked as 925).

Palladium (Pd)

Recently Palladium has started to rise in popularity. Palladium’s natural white color gives it more of a maintenance free aspect than white gold. It has wonderful qualities for creating jewelry, and as such, it is able to be used in almost pure form when creating a piece, around 95%.

Platinum (Pt)

If you hold a gold ring in your hand and a platinum ring in the other, you will feel the difference. Platinum is extremely dense and has a feel to it that is unlike any other metal used in jewelry. It is almost always used in its purest form, 95%. For comparison, a ring crafted with Platinum will weigh nearly 60% more than the exact same ring made with gold. All these reasons combined mean that when looking to purchase a platinum piece you know that the quality is there and it is reflected in the price.

Meteorite

Meteorite was formed millions of years ago and has cooled, crystallized, and fallen to the earth. This alternative metal primarily consists of iron.

Titanium

A new medal on the jewelry scene is titanium. It is a natural element that has a metallic grey/white finish to it. One of the wonderful benefits of pure titanium is that it is 100% hypoallergenic. It is very light weight, but also extremely strong.

Cobalt Chrome

An alloy comprised of cobalt and chromium, cobalt chrome provides a masculine, metallic look to many men’s wedding bands. Bright and lustrous, cobalt chrome is less expensive than its platinum or gold counterparts. Cobalt chrome is also a hypoallergenic alternative metal.

Damascus Steel

Damascus Steel is a unique blend of up to 120 layers of different types of Stainless Steel. These layers are forged together to make these alternative metal rings.

Mokume Gane

Like Damascus Steel, Mokume Gane is an ancient metalworking process. “Mokume Gane” is Japanese for “wood grain”, as these precious metal patterns tend to mimic patterns in mother nature.
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