Our Guide to Precious Metals

EDITED -13/05/2016

 

Discover our guide to the delights of the precious metals used in our contemporary collections, from gorgeous gold to statement silver.

Silver Lining

Silver jewellery is a perennial statement-maker and one of the more affordable and versatile precious metals.

Pure silver is too soft to use in jewellery, so it’s alloyed with other metals – usually copper - to form sterling silver; a process that adds strength and durability.

Strike Gold

Gold, one of the most precious metals in the world, has been used in jewellery for thousands of years.

A rare and valuable material, it contains no oxides meaning that it doesn’t tarnish making it the perfect precious metal for jewellery use.

 

An accessible alternative to solid gold, vermeil (ver-may) is a style of plating. Used in settings across our collections, all of our vermeil pieces are sterling silver that has been plated with 18 karat gold 2.5 microns thick to ensure absolute quality and brilliance.

 

Just Rosy

Rose gold has become increasingly popular over the years in contemporary jewellery design.

It is created when yellow gold is mixed with a small amount of copper and silver to give it a subtle pinkish tint.

With all precious metals, it is important to take care of your jewellery as it wears over time. The exposure to moisture and air causes tarnishing of the copper featured in sterling silver and rose gold pieces.