The Different Precious Metals Used in Jewellery

Are you looking to purchase a new ring, necklace, earrings or another type of jewellery? Then you may be wondering what type of precious metal you should go for.  Whilst many people will simply choose a piece of jewellery based on is colour and design, it is actually very important that you choose one which is made with a precious metal that fits in with your lifestyle too. The type of metal that you chose is vital as each has their own benefits as well as negatives which you do not want to find out after you have made a purchase. Below, you can find out more information about the most popular precious metals and their pros and cons.


If you are looking at purchasing some new jewellery, no doubt you will have come across plenty of silver options. This is the most affordable white metal, although it is slightly greyer when compared to platinum. This metal on its own is very soft and so it is combined with other metals such as copper to make it more durable. Most silver jewellery is 92.5% made up of silver and so this is where the 925 hallmark comes from. If you are looking to purchase some beautiful silver jewellery, we would recommend going with a brand such as Claudia Bradby Silver Jewellery, who offer gorgeous silver earrings, bracelets, necklace and rings with fine cultured pearls.

Yellow Gold

One of the most popular and widely available precious metals used in jewellery is yellow gold. This metal has many pros to it as it is the easiest and most practical of all the metals to wear. It is also one of the easiest to repair, which for those of you who are a bit clumsy with your jewellery, you should bear this in mind when choosing your next piece! The purity of gold is measured in carats, 24 carat gold is pure gold, but this is too soft a metal to be made into jewellery and so you find that it is also mixed with other metals to make it stronger. The most popular gold jewellery is 18 carats (75% gold) and 9 carat gold (37.5%).

White Gold

White gold is a tricky one, as many people assume that the metal used to make white gold is originally white/silver in colour when this is not the case. White gold is actually made of yellow gold and the main difference here is that a rhodium plating, which is white in colour, is placed over the top of the yellow gold. It is also mixed with other metals white in colour such as nickel and zinc. This is a popular choice, but remember, the plating will wear off and you will need to factor in maintenance costs to have it re-plated.

Rose Gold

Rose gold is a metal that goes in and out of fashion but is currently very popular. This is again, yellow gold, but it is mixed with copper to provide its pinkish colour. This is definitely a statement piece that is on the rise.


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