Though gems, pearls and various kinds of materials are often the focus for jewellery pieces, let's not forget about one important aspect of jewellery: metals. One question the guys in our team often ask (they're not as good with jewellery as many of the ladies out there) is this: what metals are used in jewellery, and why?
Let's get on with this and find out more about metals commonly used in various jewellery pieces today.
The 6 common type of metals used in jewellery
In jewellery, 6 types of metals are commonly used. They are gold, silver, platinum, tungsten, stainless steel and titanium. Today, we shall explore 3 of these metals.
Gold jewellery is a mix of gold and other metals, such as silver, copper, nickel and zinc. When you're talking about the actual gold content, it's measured in Karats (K) or carats (ct). Basically, K and ct is a measure of the proportion of pure gold to the other metals in the material.
The maximum gold content is 24K, which is soft and malleable, and not often used for jewellery such as rings, bracelets, bangles and pendants.
- Pure gold is yellow in color and often too expensive for general jewellery uses.
- Yellow gold consists of pure gold, silver and copper or zinc.
- White gold consists of pure gold and white metals, such as nickel, silver and palladium. It is plated with rhodium to give it a whiter look and eliminate discoloration.
- Rose gold consists of pure gold and a high proportion of copper.
In terms of jewellery, 925 Sterling Silver is the more well-known silver among its relatives (999 Fine Silver, Silver Plating and Silver-filled). Sterling silver is popular because it's durable and long lasting, thus used for rings, necklaces, bracelets, cuff links, belt buckles, body jewellery etc.
Learn more about the different types of ‘Silver’ jewellery in this article.
Stainless Steel is a group of metal alloys that vary in their chemical composition. With over 100 to 150 different varieties of stainless steel, the stainless steel used on your coffee machine is different from those on jewellery pieces.
Stainless steel jewellery has risen in popularity partly because of its ability to offer better light reflection after polishing. Also, there are tons of finishes that are possible with it. It can be made to mimic chrome or have brushed finish like pewter. It is harder and ideal for everyday use due to its resistance to scratches and dents.
If you’re not familiar with Stainless Steel Jewellery, here’s a quick brief for you.
Are you Team Silver, Team Gold or Team Stainless Steel?
At Chamber Auction, we have Cubic Zirconia Diamonds on 925 Sterling Silver Rings and Earrings, 925 Sterling Silver Gold Plated jewellery, as well as Stainless Steel Jewellery.
We leave it up to you to decide whether you’re Team Silver, Team Gold, Team Stainless Steel, or someone who prefers to try all of them.