A wide variety of metals are used to make jewelry, each with its own unique properties, appearance, and suitability for different types of jewelry. Here are some of the most common metals used in jewelry-making:
Known as the "Noble Metals", Gold, Silver and Platinum are among the most common metals for jewelry making. They are both malleable and resistant to corrosion and oxidation, making them the most popular choice of jewelry designers.
- Properties: Lighter and less dense than platinum, similar in color and durability.
- Purity: Often used in its pure form or alloyed with small amounts of other metals.
- Properties: Extremely lightweight, durable, and hypoallergenic.
- Uses: Popular for men's wedding bands and contemporary jewelry.
- Properties: Strong, durable, and resistant to tarnish and corrosion.
- Uses: Often used for affordable fashion jewelry and men's accessories.
- Properties: Very hard and scratch-resistant.
- Uses: Commonly used in men's wedding bands.
- Properties: Four times the hardness of platinum. Extremely hard, scratch-resistant and requires very little care. Very lightweight and hypoallergenic.
- Uses: Often used in Men’s wedding bands because of it's durability.
- Properties: An alloy of copper and zinc with a warm, golden color.
- Uses: Often used for costume jewelry and statement pieces.
- Properties: An alloy of copper and tin, with a reddish-brown color.
- Uses: Used in historical reproductions and for a vintage aesthetic.
- Properties: Soft, reddish metal that patinas over time.
- Uses: Popular for bohemian and rustic-style jewelry.
- Properties: Lightweight, low-cost, and resistant to tarnish.
- Uses: Commonly used for fashion and costume jewelry.
- Properties: Often used as an alloy for white gold, but can cause allergic reactions in some people.
- Properties: Hypoallergenic, lightweight, and anodizes easily for colorful finishes.
- Uses: Often used for body jewelry and earrings for sensitive ears.
- Properties: Lightweight and affordable.
- Uses: Often used in costume and fashion jewelry.
Various metals can be plated with a thin layer of gold, silver, rhodium, or other precious metals to achieve a desired appearance.
It's important to note that the choice of metal for a piece of jewelry depends on factors like the intended use, budget, personal preference, and any potential allergies or sensitivities. Additionally, some metals may require more care and maintenance to keep them looking their best.
Water Street Jewelers is an expert in care and maintenence of all types of jewelry. We can help you keep your jewelry looking brand new with our professional in house cleanings and tips on how to care for your jewelry at home.