Which metal should i choose?
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- By Hanneke Weigel
Jewelry is made from many different metals and materials. On our inforation page you can find out which metal or material is the best choice for you.
Gold is one of the more expensive metals with a luxurious look.
Gold comes in many different colours with the base colours yellow, red and white. What color your metal has depends on the composition of your metal (the alloy) and its content. Many variations are possible within this. For example, there is more gold (75%) in a jewel of 18 carat gold than in a jewel of 14 carat gold (58.5%). This has an effect on the color. Yellow gold is warmer in a higher proportion than in a lighter proportion because it contains more yellow metal.
- Gold is a metal with a luxurious look and value.
- Gold lasts very long with regard to wear.
- Gold is a metal where people who have a silver allergy can generally handle it well.
- Gold does not oxidize, which keeps it looking good. (an exception to this can be 9 carat gold due to the high copper and silver content).
- Gold is very stretchable which makes it easy to repair, enlarge or reduce.
- There are different colors that allow you to choose a piece of jewelery in a color that suits you.
- Gold is a relatively heavy metal which makes the weight of the jewelery a bit higher.
- In rhodium-plated white gold jewelry, color differences can occur when the rhodium layer wears off. Rhodinating again is one solution.
Palladium white gold
Palladium is an alloy of gold and a platinum type. So it is actually a variation on the traditional white gold alloy.
Palladium white gold has a white color and is whiter than traditional white gold by the addition of palladium instead of copper and silver.
- The main advantage of this metal is the through and white color, which does not have white gold in a regular gold alloy of itself and which is obtained by gilding with rhodium. The rhodium layer can wear off over time and that does not happen with palladium white gold.
- This metal is anti alli allergic.
Silver is a beautiful white metal that often makes jewelry. This is usually done from sterling silver (1st grade) with a content of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Other alloys with less silver are also possible but are less common for jewelry.
Benefits of silver
- Silver is a less expensive material than gold.
- Silver generally has a good time.
- Easy to repair, enlarge, reduce etc.
Disadvantages of silver
- Silver turns brown or black over time, this is a normal feature of silver and can be peeled away with a silver cloth or polish.
- Silver is a softer material than gold, damaged and wears it faster compared to gold.
- Some people have a silver allergy and can not tolerate silver
Titanium naturally has a nice cool gray color.
It is also possible to color titanium electrolytically.
A range of colors are possible here.
However, this is a surface treatment that can wear off as a result of wearing.
Benefits of Titanium
- Titanium is an anti-allergic and light metal.
- Jewelry of this metal wear very nice due to their light weight.
- Titanium is also very hard so that your jewelery will stay beautiful for a long time.
Disadvantages of Titanium
- Titanium can not be soldered. This does not have to be a disadvantage as there are many other nice connections possible with this metal.
However, rings made of titanium can only be stretched. In the case of jewelry without stone, this is not a problem, but with jewelry with a stone or with additions of other metals or materials this can give problems and it is not possible to stretch the ring.
See for yourself whether you have already changed a ring size a number of times or whether this will remain the same for you. If this is almost the same, you can safely choose robust titanium.
Do you change a lot of ring size?
Then choose a metal that can be easily shed and reduced.
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