Metals

With rose gold, yellow or white gold, silver, platinum and various shades and grades of each, you might feel overwhelmed by the choice available when selecting a precious metal for your bespoke jewellery design. We can help. If you’re choosing for someone else, a good way to start is by looking at what they already wear – then think about their lifestyle and the design you have in mind. The same applies if it’s for you.

TYPES OF METALS

A GUIDE TO
Metals

YELLOW GOLD

A mix of gold, copper, silver and zinc, yellow gold is a durable, long-lasting metal that makes an excellent classic choice for your diamond jewellery. This shade of the metal can also enhance the diamond and works especially well if your diamond has a yellow tint. A colourless diamond set in yellow gold wouldn’t work as well as your diamond will take on the hues of the metal. Yellow gold works well with warm skin tones and often appeals to people looking for a traditional, flattering design.

ROSE GOLD

A mixture of gold, nickel, copper and zinc, rose gold is a popular, rosy shade of gold. This warm and flattering colour is unique and feminine, making it a contemporary choice for jewellery and engagement rings. Like all gold jewellery, rose gold will need some care and maintenance over time to ensure it retains its colour. However, it is a durable metal, making it a popular choice for diamond jewellery.

GOLD

The rarest of all the metals, gold can be warm, lustrous and rich. Gold is a popular choice for jewellery, especially engagement rings and can vary in purity – measured in carats. Pure gold is measured as 24-carat, which is too soft to use in jewellery alone. You will find 18-carat, or 14-carat gold is more commonly used, which means it is mixed with other metals to add durability – this is also how you achieve other shades of gold such as white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.

WHITE GOLD

A mixture of gold, nickel, copper and zinc, white gold holds a beautiful pale, silvery colour that compliments a diamond’s natural sparkle. This metal is durable but will slowly wear over time, meaning you occasionally may need to visit your jeweller who will help you re-plate or re-coat your jewellery (a simple, low-cost process).

PLATINUM

The strongest and most durable of the metals, platinum is an excellent choice if you wish to wear your engagement ring, or other jewellery, every day, or if you have a very hands-on job. Platinum is very resistant to tarnish and scratches, making it a brilliant choice for diamond jewellery and engagement rings. This silvery-white metal compliments the sparkle of a colourless diamond, enhancing the appearance of the stone. Often more expensive than white gold or silver, platinum is a high polish, high resistant metal.

SILVER

Silver is a lovely choice for simple jewellery. However, it needs to be mixed with small amounts of copper to increase its strength. We would not recommend setting diamonds into silver metal as they may be less secure. If you like silver for an engagement ring, take a look at alternatives such as platinum or white gold, both of which offer the same pale, beautiful look, which much greater strength and durability.

What’s right for you?

Once you have chosen your preferred metal, we can help you decide on the style of your jewellery. We are always here to guide you through the design process and advise you on what will work and what won’t, to ensure your diamond jewellery is made to the best possible quality and strength.

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