Every product is made by combining raw materials that help in converting it into the finest product. Whether it is flour, vegetables or lentils that are imperative in cooking a delicious meal, the same applies to metals that are used for creating jewellery. The finest jewellery pieces are made out of precious metals as they provide a wide range of benefits to the wearer.
They are corrosion-resistant, doesn't get tarnished and are tough and stronger. Moreover, metals like Platinum, Gold and Silver are smooth on touch, can bear body temperature and come in appealing colours that render an intimate experience to the metal.
They are held at high value when it comes to jewellery. These include Platinum, Gold and Silver.
They are often chosen for their superiority that covers its durability, workability, rarity and allure. Let us look at each aspect in detail to know how do they work.
Durability is the ability of a metal or any material to withstand the effects of chemicals, heat, and wear and tear. Have you ever wondered why Platinum are used widely as eternity bands? It is because they are denser than gold and can be used to set a stone perfectly. Besides, it is thinner than metal gold.
Platinum is popular as the most durable metal in comparison to other metals and fits. On the other hand, gold is less durable when compared to Platinum. However, it can deal well with wear and tear. It is why gold acquired from shipwrecks does not tend to get corroded and remain undamaged underwater even without chemicals and sea salts.
Silver as metals tarnishes quickly as the sulphur compounds are found widely in the air. These tend to react with silver leading to corroding.
RARITY:This is yet another important aspect of jewellery. It is also the primary contributor that decides the metal's price considering the availability of the metal on earth. Gold is considered an extremely rare metal, and it is easy for extracting from the planet. On the other hand, Platinum is widely available; however, it is very challenging to extract. There are very companies that have the overall resource to unearth the metal. It is thus a reason why the price is higher when compared to gold. It is what makes diamonds more expensive and rare metal to be found.
WORKABILITY:It determines how precious the metal is and whether it can be easily converted into wires or sheets. These are noble metals that are widely known to be ductile and malleable. In India, people use thin sheets of gold and metal that are called pedas. These are used in the temples to decorate religious idols, making them perfect for beating metals into thin sheets.
On the other hand, fine metals are malleable and can be moulded into rings or thin wires in various industries. Its ability to get transformed into elongated wires makes it advantageous for jewellery to be fashioned as dainty pieces that are big, thick and chunky.
ALLURE:It refers to the overall lustre and colour of the metal. The natural yellow colour of gold renders it an instant glow with the sun and its warmth. On the other hand, silver and Platinum tend to have similar colour, however, are different when comes to lustre. Platinum has a higher lustre when compared to silver. Besides, white metals tend to match the brightness, youthfulness and timelessness perfectly.
GOLD and its Alloys:These are a form of precious metals that are mixed to create a piece of jewellery. These alloys tend to have strength and durability when compared to other metals. On the other hand, metals that are not mixed with any other form of metal are called fine metals. For example, a 14 K gold has 58.3$ of fine gold; on the other hand, the percentage of other metals that are mixed determines how well its strength can be improved.
Gold is also referred to in Parts Per Thousand (PPT), wherein a 14K gold can be converted to 583 parts of gold over a thousand. The mere metal tends to use Karats, and the more fine the gold, the yellow will be the colour. Thus, a 10K gold is less yellow when compared to gold which is 24K.
Sogani Jewellers use 14K, and 18K gold is used widely to enhance the durability of the metal and jewellery. An 18K gold is more durable, and the overall cost helps reduce the price and retail cost. It is because the overall wastage for cutting, filling and finishing reduce the cost of the gold. You can also learn a lot about metal through our programme. Moreover, as 14K and 18K gold are stronger alloys, they cannot get scratched easily. Besides, you can maintain the overall polishing of the gold for a longer period. Even when its fineness is reduced, the 14K and 18K gold have an enhanced yellow colour that will complement the overall skin tone of the wearer. Besides, we recommend not opt for 22k gold when opting for diamond and gem stud jewellery.
18K and 22K gold is widely used in India as karatage, considering its golden and yellow colour determining its strength. Besides, have you ever witnessed other colours of gold, including White Gold and Rose Gold.
Well, let us render you a quick sneak peek into the metal:
Platinum are hard metal that is alloyed with other metals. Most strong metals have different advantages, making them secure to use as grips and prongs for gemstones. Platinum can be pressed down for generations as it can be preserved well.
However, they tend to be higher in price that tends to be a deterrent for many. They contain at least 500 different parts of Platinum as its alloy. Hence, Platinum as considered as per international standards. Platinum jewellery can be divided into 850-900 parts of the metal platinum per alloy and hence can be identified as a hallmark similar to BIS hallmarked on the GOLD.
Rhodium:These are fine metals that are used for plating platinum or white gold. They offer a finish that makes diamonds look bigger like metal and also more reflective. Rhodium can be termed as a by-product for Platinum that determines why it is so hard. Hence jewellers use this metal which is also expensive. Moreover, it is used for coating other metals like white gold and Platinum.protective layer for the metal and tends to give a white finish to the metal. It gives a mirror
SILVER:These are widely used jewellery considering its cheaper cost and light alternative. Sterling Siler are popular, but how many of us know what do they mean in actuality? These are 92.5% silver wherein the remaining 7.5% are copper. This renders it enhanced durability and also a fine white colouration. Besides, as it is the cheaper alternative, most customers look for white metal that is low in price.
Silver has its cons, one of which is oxidation. There tends to impact silver jewellery, artefacts and cutlery. Pure silver tends to get oxidised when it combines with sulphur in the air, often tarnishing the sterling silver due to the presence of other types of metals in its alloy form. It leaves a dull shine on it and a blackish tint over the surface.
Especially if you live in areas near a humid region or ocean, the silver will get tarnished sooner and quickly compared to a dry area or state. Besides, silver also tends to experience scratches and has a low hardness rate on the overall Mohs scale, which is 2.5 to 3. Thus, it must be polished and cleaned regularly to retain its glow.
Can Sterling Silver be worn every day?
You can wear sterling silver every day as they are considered one of the top quality metals. However, ensure to cleanse the jewellery using a special microfiber or a cloth.
Which is most preferable, yellow or rose gold?
Yellow gold tends to get scratches and also lose its shape when compared to rose gold. Thus, it requires high maintenance and must be polished on a timely basis to maintain lustre. Rose gold tends to be more durable when compared to white gold or yellow gold, considering its copper content.