The Jewellery metals options open to our customer can be confusing. So here is an insight into what available to you.
An important consideration for your design is the metal your choice will be down to colour preference, durability and budget.
Gold is an ideal metal for the fabrication of jewellery, not just because of its natural beauty and lustre, but because of its resistance to oxidation and corrosion. As the most malleable and ductile of the known metals, gold is easily worked, using techniques that range from simple hammering and carving to filigreeing, granulation and millgraining.
A gift of gold has become established as an important custom throughout the world, marking occasions such as anniversaries, weddings, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and birthdays. And, of course, it is an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe.
Naturally, gold is a soft malleable metal with a rich deep yellow colour. Although beautiful, it is really too soft to be used commercially, and so is mixed with other metals to increase its durability
9ct – 9-carat gold has the lowest tensile strength. When hallmarked its carries the UK standard mark “375” – which means that the metal is 37.5% gold
14ct – 14-carat gold is mostly known as an overseas standard. When hallmarked its carries the UK standard mark “585”- which means that the metal is 58.8% gold
18ct – 18-carat gold is a very popular choice for wedding and engagement rings. When hallmarked It carries the UK standard mark “750” which denotes 75% gold
22ct – 22-carat gold is quite soft as it has very high purity. When hallmarked It carries the UK standard mark “916” which denotes 91.6% gold