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Our Guide to Precious Metals

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 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.

A hallmark is a stamp that guarantees quality and excellence in precious metals.  

 

Our sterling silver jewellery is hallmarked 925, meaning that it is 925 parts of 1000 pure silver. Our 18 karat gold is hallmarked 750, which translates to 75% pure gold.

 

SHOP SILVER NECKLACES

 

SHOP SILVER BRACELETS

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.

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.

 

SHOP GOLD RINGS

 

SHOP GOLD BRACELETS

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.

Though delicate in appearance, the addition of sturdy copper means that rose gold is actually the strongest kind of gold used in jewellery settings. 

 

Rose gold offers a perfectly neutral hue to mix with other white or yellow pieces.

 

SHOP ROSE GOLD RINGS

 

SHOP ROSE GOLD BRACELETS

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. 

 

 

SHOP SILVER BESTSELLERS

 

SHOP GOLD BESTSELLERS

 

SHOP ROSE GOLD BESTSELLERS

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