Precious Metals


When it comes to the manufacture of jewellery, there are specific properties that make precious metals the ideal medium to work with.... when you hear the term “precious metals” it is referring to Gold, Silver and the Platinum group of metals. These metals, along with Palladium and Titanium are most commonly used in the manufacture of jewellery.  

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Gold's Chemical Symbol is "Au"


Gold has been highly sought after since the beginning of time and is the universal symbol representing wealth.

The purest of Gold is a very rich yellow. As it is a very soft and extremely malleable metal, it is mixed with other metal alloys to give it the strength to be used in jewellery.

When other alloys are added, it allows Gold to be available in varying colours and carats… the higher the carat value the higher the amount of gold.

18ct Gold is the highest content of Gold that is available in Australia. It contains 75% pure Gold and even though it has an extremely high percentage of pure Gold, 18ct beautifully retains its integrity and durability needed in the manufacture of jewellery. 9ct Gold contains 37.5% pure Gold and is very common in Australia for not only its durability but also affordability.

Gold will not rust, tarnish or corrode unless it is mistreated with harsh chemicals or extremely high temperatures. It is certainly everlasting and will stand the test of time.


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Back in the early 1920’s, Yellow Gold was mixed with other precious white metals like Platinum, Palladium and Silver… the result… White Gold.


It is an extremely popular metal becoming an alternative to the very expensive other white metal, Platinum. As pure Gold is such a yellow metal, White Gold can sometimes have a slightly yellow tinge depending on the different mix of alloys used when refining so you will often hear of the term Rhodium Plating when you talk about White Gold. Rhodium is a very white (and very rare) precious metal and is used to give White Gold its brighter than bright white appearance. When purchasing White Gold jewellery, especially rings, a wonderful step to keeping your jewellery looking its best is to get it Rhodium plated whenever you drop it in to get a good clean and inspection.

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As with White Gold, Rose Gold has come about utilising a different coloured alloy. Rose Gold was quite popular in the early 19th century in Europe and remains very popular to this day.The Rose or Pink Gold alloy incorporates the reddish hue of Copper to produce its warm pink and rose tones.

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Platinum's Chemical Symbol is "Pt"

The rarest and most valuable of all the worlds precious metals is Platinum. It was around back in the early Egypt adorning the tombs of Royalty, as well as leading the way in iconic fashion throughout the centuries. As it is so rare, it is one of the most expensive metals of the world and will command a price sometime more than twice that of Gold.

Platinum, although a difficult metal to work with, is utilised at 95% purity when manufactured into jewellery. This makes it very hypoallergenic and also very naturally white in colour with no need to Rhodium Plate like white Gold.

As one of the strongest metals used in jewellery, Platinum will endure through the roughest of times. It will not tarnish, rust, corrode or lose its colour and will resist wear even after a lifetime of use.
Platinum is the premium precious metal used in diamond and precious gemstone jewellery.
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Palladium's Chemical Symbol is "Pd"


Palladium is actually a member of the Platinum family. It is very rich in its lustre and has a slightly different shade of white.

Like Platinum, it is also quite rare, again being documented in early Egyptian history, however it is only in recent times that it has gained its momentum and been recognised as a precious metal used in jewellery manufacture. Palladium is very strong and durable like Platinum and is also a naturally white metal. It will last forever and is used in almost pure form at 95%

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Titanium's Chemical Symbol is "Ti"

Titanium is like a gun metal grey in colour, its strength and durability is extremely high so it will never rust or tarnish and is uniquely one of the lightest metals used in the manufacture of jewellery – which makes it extremely comfortable to wear.

Titanium is also highly hypoallergenic, being completely neutral to the human body, which ensures no skin irritation or discolouration whatsoever. A pure metal which will last a lifetime.

Please note though, Titamium rings cannot be resized once they are made.

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Silver's Chemical Symbol is "Ag"


Sterling Silver has been used for many centuries in all things ornamental. Its malleability makes it perfect to create not only jewellery but other wonderful gifts and trinkets. Thousands of years ago, like Gold, Silver was seen as a sacred metal used as a form of wealth and monetary exchange.

Popular to this day, its bright and naturally white colour as well as its affordability, ensure it will remain a best seller. Sterling Silver, as used in Australia, is 92.5% pure. It can be prone to tarnishing but will very readily come back to is original brightness after cleaning.

 
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