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By November 26, 2019

Which Metal Should I Choose?

Jewelry Metal Types

Let’s talk metals and jewelry!

When you are considering purchasing fine jewelry, there are several factors to consider and one of them is choosing the metal (platinum, silver, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold).

Metal choice can impact color and durability. As you are considering a metal type for jewelry, keep these three questions in mind:

  1. What kind of jewelry are you thinking of purchasing – bracelet, earrings, necklace, ring?
  2. Is the jewelry for every day or occasional wear?
  3. What metal color does the person prefer?

Gold

When considering gold as the metal choice for jewelry, there are three main factors – karat, type, and color. The “k” (karat) mark indicates the level of purity of gold in each piece. In the United States, there are traditionally four standards for gold:

  • 24K is 100% pure gold
  • 18K is 75% pure gold
  • 14K is 58.33% pure gold
  • 10K is 41.67% pure gold.

At Anjolee, we sell only 18K and 14K gold, both of which are ideal for fine jewelry.

When it comes to choosing a color, it’s really about preference, use, and style more than any other factor. Gold gives you the most color choices of all the metals. The three most common color choices of gold in fine jewelry are yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold.

  • Yellow gold is the most traditional choice for fine jewelry.
  • White gold has a similar shiny tone to platinum but is more affordable.
  • Rose gold has a pinkish hue and has seen an upward trend in recent years.

Platinum

Platinum, which is typically a more expensive metal options, is one of the most desired metals in fine jewelry, especially in diamond jewelry. Platinum not only enhances the appearance of diamonds, but it is also more durable than gold.

Platinum is more substantial, and when scratched, it doesn’t lose any metal. Its silvery-white finish shines with stones or is a standout on its own. Platinum is often a metal of choice in wedding jewelry and other fine jewelry designs for bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.

Platinum jewelry sold at Anjolee has a 950 mark to indicate its purity, containing 95.2% platinum in each piece.

For more information about jewelry settings, finish, design, service and care, and more, please visit our online educational center.

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