What our Jewellery is Made Of
Learn What Our Jewellery is Made Of
The pros and cons about all the various metals we use
Everyone has favourites. We all know someone, who only wears silver, or someone who only wears gold. You might like both and not really have a preference, but no matter which one you choose there will be some benefits and drawbacks of each choice of metal.
This why, we at Juliette.Dawn, try to do or best to inform you about all the benefits and drawbacks of the materials we use. No material is perfect. Get all the info here.
Firstly, lets start with the word alloys or metal alloys. You may or may not have heard this before.
Most metal is actually metal alloys - mixture of different types of metal. The reason for this is because popular jewellery making metals, such as silver and gold, in its pure form is not very durable. Pure silver will bend very easily and, therefore, difficult to create jewellery from. Sterling silver and gold with carats below 24 are metal alloys.
As mentioned, Sterling silver 925s is a metal alloy. It consist of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. This is what most quality silver jewellery is made of. Lower quality jewellery sometimes uses silver plated jewellery, where the top layer is silver and the inside is another metal or alloy. This is less durable, as the silver will eventually wear off.
Benefits of sterling silver: The biggest benefit of sterling silver is that it is hypoallergenic. This means that it is not likely to cause an allergic reaction (for more about allergies read our blog post “Jewellery & Allergies”).
Drawbacks of sterling silver: Eventually sterling silver will tarnish. The silver will change colour slightly, as it is more easily affected by chemicals around us. To prolong the jewellery’s shine try to avoid spraying perfume on the jewellery, making it wet and doing sports in it.
Gold / Yellow Gold
When talking about gold, a carat is a measure of how pure the gold is. The reason gold in jewellery is not 100% pure is because pure gold is too soft to work with. 24 carat gold is pure gold. Sometimes gold is mixed with 18 carat gold, which means 18 parts are made of gold and the remaining 6 are made of copper (18 + 6 = 24).
The reason why pure 24 carat gold is not always used is because the metal is stronger, when mixed with something else, as gold is a very soft metal. For people with allergies, though, pure gold is best. You just need to be a little more careful with the precious jewellery.
Benefits of pure gold: No allergic reactions. It is hypoallergenic. Pure gold does not tarnish. 18 carat gold is also considered to be hypoallergenic (good for people with nickel allergies), as it is not mixed with nickel. 18 carat gold is often considered better than 24 carat gold, because it seldom tarnishes but is more durable because it is an alloy.
Drawback of pure gold: It is not as strong, as a gold mixed with other metals, such as 18 carats gold or 14 carats old. A higher carats will result in less tarnish. 18 carats gold seldom tarnishes but 14 carats does after a while.
Rose Gold / Red Gold
The romantic pink-ish metal. This metal has seen a growing popularity in recent years, and we have to admit that it is just beautiful.
Rose gold is a mixture of gold, silver and copper. Often the rose gold will be 14 or 18 carats in high quality jewellery. Copper and silver is what creates the beautiful pink tint. The best part about rose gold is that it does not tarnish. After an extended time of use rose gold jewellery will just become darker.
The mixture of copper also makes this metal more durable because copper is a stronger metal than silver and gold.
Benefits of rose gold: Apart from the beautiful colour, rose gold is more durable than yellow and white gold, because of the mixture with copper.
Drawbacks of rose gold: For people, who are allergic the mix with copper is not a good choice.
White gold is a mixture of gold and silver and zinc, which makes a beautiful white Colour. However, the yellow colour of gold can still be seen in this mixture, so white gold jewellery is plated in rhodium. Rhodium enhances the white colour and increases the durability.
Benefits of white gold: As white gold is an alloy it is stronger than pure gold.
Drawbacks of white gold: The rhodium layer will eventually wear off and reveal the yellow gold. This can be fixed by replaying it.
Let us know what metal is your favorite and why.