Edited - May 13, 2016
Discover our definitive guide to the delights of the precious metals used in our contemporary collections, from gorgeous gold to statement silver.
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.
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.
Karat is used to describe the fineness or purity of gold, and is not to be confused with the twinkly kind of carat used to measure diamonds.
18 karat is achieved when pure gold is mixed with different metals to positively affect the malleability, durability and colour of the metal.
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.
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.