Which materials to use for your jewellery?
Here’s our list of suggestions.
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Sterling silver is durable and long lasting, which explains why it is a popular metal for most affordable jewellery.
Sterling Silver is softer than gold, platinum and titanium, and it does require more care than some other precious metals because it tarnishes and scratches easily.
Titanium is the hardest natural metal known to man: It is stronger than gold, silver and platinum and even three times as strong as steel. Its strength, scratch resistance and light weight lends itself well to jewellery making. Plus, titanium is easy to colour.
Titanium is completely hypoallergenic. In fact, titanium is the most hypoallergenic material known to man, and it is rapidly replacing body-piercing jewellery and other surgical implants and instruments since the body does not react to it at all.
However, if you are planning on buying a titanium ring REMEMBER it cannot be sized! A myth allows us to believe that titanium cannot be removed from the finger in an emergency situation, but titanium CAN be cut off with heavy duty plyers.
9K, 18K and 24K Gold:
Gold jewellery is made up of an alloy of gold and other metals, such as silver, copper, nickel and zinc. The actual gold content of metal is measured in Karats (K) which describes the proportion of pure gold to the other metals in the material. The higher the proportion of gold in the final metal, the more expensive it will be.
The maximum gold content is 24K, but because 24K gold is soft and malleable, it cannot be used for jewellery manufacturing. By comparison, 9K gold has 9 out of 24 part of pure gold, and the rest is some other metal. This makes it stronger and easier to work with. 18K gold is 75 percent pure gold, and the balance is made up of different metals that give the final metal its unique appearance and colour.
Pure gold is yellow in colour. The pure gold metals are added with another alloy (eg. Copper or Palladium) to make the new interesting colours in rose or white gold. White gold is the only metal that needs a coating of rhodium solution to keep an extra white finish (this needs to be done yearly for maintenance purposes).
Platinum is the rarest and most expensive of the metals. It is incredibly durable and does not tarnish and can be sized easily. Naturally white it keeps its natural white colour forever and does NOT need to be plated.
Platinum is a very strong metal and its purity makes it hypo-allergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin. Similar to gold, the purity of the metal is expressed in parts per 1000 and can be identified through its hallmark.