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Platinum has a soft white hue. It's 30 times more rare than gold (which means it's more expensive) and 40% heavier than 14K gold - and it doesn't tarnish or oxidize. Because of its hardness, the details of intricately engraved or embellished rings often look sharper and more precise when done in platinum.
Platinum in jewelry is 90% to 95% pure, which brings out the beauty of diamonds set in platinum engagement rings.
Over time, platinum will wear and scratch with use. Your jeweler can polish your platinum wedding band or platinum engagement ring to remove any scratches.
Types of gold:
Pure gold mixed with a little silver and copper for a warm look. SHOP YELLOW GOLD »
Pure gold is combined with palladium and silver or with nickel, copper and zinc. Rhodium plating improves whiteness and durability. SHOP WHITE GOLD »
Pink and rose gold
Increasingly popular, these reddish gold options are pure gold plus copper. The more copper, the redder the metal. SHOP ROSE GOLD »
Actually yellowish-green in appearance, this is pure gold plus silver.
Gold purity is measured in karats (not to be confused with carats, a measure of gem weight). Karats are divided into 24 parts, so 24 parts of gold - known as 24K gold - is pure. However, 24K gold is soft and easily damaged, so it's mixed - or alloyed - with other metals to make it more durable. For example, 14K gold is 14 parts gold, 10 parts other metal. Jewelry must be at least 10K to be sold as gold in the United States.
Buff your gold engagement ring with a soft cloth to keep it shiny and smooth.
Sterling silver can range from bright white to grayish white, and can have a matte or shiny finish.
Like gold, pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry. It's combined with other metals such as copper to boost its strength. Sterling silver must contain at least 92.5% pure silver, which is why it's stamped as .925.
Silver tarnishes, so store your sterling silver engagement ring in tarnish-preventive bags in a cool, dry place. Don't use tissue paper or paper towels to dry, because they can scratch sterling silver.
Cobalt has the distinction of having a natural color, comparable to white gold, although the color can be changed and enhanced. Cobalt is a lightweight metal, but more durable than its white gold counterpart. It is also known to be hypoallergenic, a plus for those who experience metal sensitivities.
Cobalt alloy is a bright white metal, giving it the appearance of platinum. It's heavier than other alternative metals (such as titanium), giving it a heavier feeling for those who want heft to their wedding jewelry.
Cobalt alloy rings are fairly scratch-resistant. It is also a metal that allows for easy resizing, unlike some of the other contemporary metals on the market today.
Steel is known for its strength, and stainless steel jewelry is no different.
Shiny and strong, stainless steel rings can be polished to take on different looks - the more matte look of pewter or the reflective look of chrome. Either way, some people appreciate the sturdy, modern look of the metal. Beyond its strength, stainless steel also earns cool points with its distinct gray color and subtle sheen.
Stainless Steel is mixed with at least 10.5% chromium to resist corrosion, oxidation, and rust, earning its "stainless" title.
You can clean stainless steel jewelry easily with dish soap, water and a soft cloth.
Titanium is a powerhouse metal, offering a winning combination of being strong, lightweight, and hypoallergenic. It is an ideal choice for mens wedding bands.
Black, grey or silver, titanium rings often have inlays of other metals and commonly come with polished, burhsed or satin finishes.
Titanium jewelry does not include alloys and is hypoallergenic. Unlike traditional gold, titanium requires no alloys to strengthen it. Its natural qualities allow it to be 100% pure when forged as jewelry.
Titanium is one of the lightest, strongest, and most scratch-resistant metals available for wedding rings. Titanium wedding rings cannot be sized, so choose your size wisely.
Serious shine and strength make tungsten carbide a favorite for men's wedding bands. Tungsten carbide is very dense, more durable than even titanium. Its toughness also means tungsten carbide rings cannot be resized, so be certain of the size you want.
This silvery metal alloy is the hardest metal, a 9 on the Moh's Scale. Tungsten rings create a brilliant, hard-looking shine. In addition to strength, this metal is beautiful and can be polished to a high shine. Tungsten carbide requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking its best.
Tungsten carbide is a scratch and chemically resistant compound. This metal is resistant to corrosion and relatively hypoallergenic.
Little maintenance is required for tungsten carbide wedding bands because of the metal alloy's hardness. Tungsten rings cannot be sized.
The two titans of precious metals: silver and gold. Both beautiful, both classics, but which should you choose?
The best place to start is to consider which color you prefer. Silver and white gold share a similar cool lustrous hue, while rose and yellow gold offer warm, rich tones. Think about how that color will look against your skin tone, with diamonds or with your favorite colors of gemstones.
What exactly is a karat?
The standard measurement of gold is the karat, which is divided into 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 Karats, meaning 24 out of 24 parts are gold. Because pure gold is too soft to be used for jewelry, it is combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength. For instance, 14K gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other alloys, while 10K gold is more durable, with 10 parts gold to 14 parts other alloys.
Alloys used with yellow gold include copper and silver. Rose gold is created by combining gold with large amounts of copper. When creating white gold, pure gold is combined with copper, zinc and nickel (or palladium).
There are distinct advantages to both yellow and white gold. Placing a diamond with yellow color in a yellow gold setting can actually make the diamond appear whiter. White gold is a beautiful complement to exceptionally white and brilliant diamonds. Sometimes, white gold is confused with platinum, though they are entirely different metals. White gold and platinum vary in strength, resistance to scratches and shades of white.
Why sterling silver?
Since ancient times, people across the globe have considered silver a highly valued metal. Similar to gold, silver in its purest form is soft and delicate. In order to be used for jewelry, it is combined with metal alloys, such as copper, to increase its strength. When pure silver is mixed with less than 7.5% alloy, it is known as "sterling silver." Sterling silver is at least 92.5% pure silver and significantly more durable than regular silver.
Rhodium is a precious metal that is in the family of platinum. For rhodium plated jewelry, it involves plating the jewelry with a surface that guards against scratches that also gives a reflective white appearance. It is most commonly found on white gold jewelry but can also be used on silver and other materials. Rhodium plating can also be referred to rhodium flashing or rhodium dip.
What are the benefits?
There are many upsides to rhodium plated jewelry. First, it increases shine, luster and durability. Additionally, it will make your jewelry more resistant to scratches and if it's silver, less prone to tarnishing. Another popular benefit to rhodium plating is the fact that it makes your jewelry hypoallergenic. This is because it's nickel-free. So if you have a nickel allergy, rhodium plating is a good option for you.
How long Does Rhodium Plating Last?
Because it is just plating it will wear off over time, however there are different factors that can affect how long rhodium plating lasts. Depending on how often you wear the piece of jewelry and how much wear and tear it gets it may need to be re-applied every couple years.
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Enchanting and unique, rose gold is a stunning way to add a little color to your jewelry. Here are some common questions and answers about this blush beauty.
How is it pink?
Not naturally occurring, rose gold is a yellow gold mixed with copper alloy. Different hues of rose can be achieved depending on the amount of copper added. Light pink is the most common shade you'll find, but oranges and reds are also possible.
Why is rose gold so popular?
This is not the first time rose gold has seen a surge in popularity. Russian royalty was very partial to the metal in the 1800s. The wild and decadent 1920s were also a rose gold moment. Today, the demand for rose gold is attributed to the desire to add color and individuality to jewelry.
What jewelry suits rose gold?
Rose gold looks fantastic on it's own or when mixed with other metals (other types of gold especially). Sets of stackable bangles and rings that feature one or a couple in rose gold are lovely and very popular. By the same token, necklaces that are meant to be layered look fantastic with a rosy pink strand included. Rose gold also stands out as a solo metal. It works in a watch, a bracelet or even in a wedding or engagement band.