Our Guide to Precious Metals
EDITED -May 13, 2016
Discover our guide to the delights of the precious metals used in our contemporary collections, from gorgeous gold to statement silver.
Silver jewelry is a perennial statement-maker and one of the more affordable and versatile precious metals.
Pure silver is too soft to use in jewelry, 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 jewelry 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 jewelry 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 jewelry 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 jewelry as it wears over time. The exposure to moisture and air causes tarnishing of the copper featured in sterling silver and rose gold pieces.