Platinum is a white metal that is rarer than gold. It is the most durable of the precious metals. We recommend not using silver for wedding bands because it is a softer metal. It's not as strong or durable as gold or platinum.
The Sorella jewelry studio offers a wide variety of precious metals so you can create jewelry you'll cherish for a lifetime. Our Precious Metals Guide is a valuable resource for making the best choice of metals to meet your needs. The right precious metal is important to the timeless charm of jewelry. Each precious metal has desirable qualities, and each one is suitable for different environments and styles.
Choose the right color for an impressive piece, learn about the best options for sensitive skin, determine which precious metals are the easiest to care for and choose between the finest metals for special occasions or the most durable metals for everyday use. In its purest form, silver is too soft for making jewelry. Copper and, occasionally, platinum or palladium are added to pure silver to make the metal strong enough for the wear and tear that fine jewelry endures. Sterling silver has a purity of 92.5% and is less durable than gold or platinum, but still has relative durability.
Sterling silver jewelry is a popular choice because of its low price and reliable durability. Silver jewelry is fun, casual and elegant, suitable for casual wear. Carefully crafted silver can also have an elegant, elegant quality and a clear luster. Sterling silver oxidizes when stored for an extended period.
Eliminate tarnish by thoroughly cleaning the part with a silver polish and wiping off excess moisture. In general, sterling silver does not withstand everyday wear and tear for many years and is more suitable for occasional use. Long-term use may cause the piece of jewelry to warp, stretch, or thin to the point of breaking. .
Gold has long been used in jewelry manufacturing because of its malleability, natural beauty and resistance to oxidation. It is by far the most used precious metal in the creation of jewelry. Gold is very soft in its natural state. Copper, nickel, silver and zinc are added to pure gold to make the metal strong enough to be worked with, and gold comes in different karat weights.
The malleability of gold makes it ideal for artisans who create pieces of fine jewelry. Gold is a popular choice because of the perceived association with wealth and royalty, its value and its reasonable price. Gold also has an attractive warm glow that many people enjoy. Gold jewelry is elegant, formal and stylish, suitable for casual or more formal occasions.
Protect white gold jewelry from contact with cleaning solutions, especially those containing chlorine. These chemicals can damage the soft texture and shine of white gold jewelry. Gold jewelry can be cleaned with a soft toothbrush and a mild detergent such as liquid hand soap. To remove greasy or oily residue, use isopropyl alcohol.
Remove excessive build-ups of hand lotions, makeup and hairspray with an ultrasonic cleaner or professional cleaning by a jeweler. The malleability of gold means that jewelry treated hard or subjected to heavy use can become deformed, stretched or scratched. A skilled jeweler can repair and remodel damaged pieces of fine jewelry. About 15% of the population is allergic to nickel.
Those with nickel sensitivity should use nickel-free white gold. Sorella white gold exceeds the EU (European Union) standard for nickel-free jewelry. Currently, the United States does not have a nickel-free mandate. Symptoms of nickel allergy may include skin rash, redness, swelling, itching, and burning.
If an allergic reaction occurs, remove your jewelry to relieve symptoms. The higher the carat, the higher the percentage of pure gold. Metallurgists use various combinations of elements to create different colors of gold that are visually appealing. By altering the percentage of metals used in the combination, intensities of colors such as yellow, white and pink are achieved.
Sorella offers its jewelry in the three colors, which are the most popular forms of gold used today in the manufacture of jewelry. White gold jewelry will highlight diamonds instead of drawing attention to a contrasting yellow gold bezel. White gold lacks the warmth of yellow and rose gold, providing a fresh, elegant and contemporary feel. Rhodium, a member of the platinum group of metals, coats most white gold jewelry to increase the whiteness of the piece.
Platinum alloys are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The distinctive pink shade of rose gold is often used in combination with other gold colors to create stunning pieces of jewelry. When used alone, the subtle warmth of rose gold provides a balance between the intense warmth of yellow gold and the freshness of white gold. Palladium is a dazzling naturally white precious metal from the platinum group.
The difficulty of casting this metal limited its previous use in jewelry, but recent advances have produced a new palladium alloy that is perfect for making jewelry, offering consumers an ideal replacement for platinum at a reasonable cost. The most common combination of the metal is 95% palladium and 5% ruthenium, known as palladium 950. All Sorella Palladium jewelry is made with 950 palladium. Platinum is the true symbol of enduring strength and classic elegance in jewelry.
It is the metal of choice by the consumer who prefers the contemporary look of white metal without sacrificing value. The hardness and bright white color make platinum a favorite of jewelry designers. Platinum is denser than gold and has a heavier feel than other metals. It is also considered the purest metal, making platinum an exclusive option that projects a strong, modern and at the same time modern image when used in classic jewelry pieces.
The hardness and bright white of platinum also make it the ideal complementary showcase for diamonds. Those who make a wise financial investment in jewelry choose platinum. The natural strength of the metal resists deterioration and maintains its shape even with frequent and prolonged use, and the bright white color never fades. It's ideal for any customer who wants a top-of-the-line selection of jewelry that will last a lifetime and more.
Clean platinum from time to time with a jewelry cleaner and scrub with a soft cloth, or dip it in mild dish soap and warm water. A professional jeweler should do a thorough cleaning every six months. Allergic reactions to platinum are very rare, making it a perfect choice for people with nickel sensitivity. Metals play a key role in our daily lives.
We all know gold and platinum, but do you recognize these other precious metals and can you identify their uses? Rhodium is one of the metals you'll find at the market spot price, along with gold, silver, platinum and palladium. It is a member of the Platinum group and is resistant to corrosion. This metal is used as a catalyst in the chemical industry and is used to coat optical fibers, optical mirrors and headlight reflectors. This identifiable metal occupied the throne in commodity prices for decades until it was overtaken by gold.
This precious metal is used in jewelry and many industrial applications, including fuel cells, dental work, electronic components, medicine, glass and oil. This metal is less well-known and is a member of the platinum family of precious metals. It is popular for its ability to increase hardness and strength when added as an alloy to palladium and platinum. Ruthenium is also used in the medical and chemical industries.
Another member of the platinum family and the most extreme, this metal has a very high melting point and is the metal most resistant to corrosion. Iridium is a by-product of nickel mining and is also processed from platinum ore. Although it has many uses, it is mainly used as a hardening agent in platinum alloys. Palladium is a whitish-gray precious metal that is considered valuable because of its stability, malleability and rarity in extreme heat.
Rhodium is one of the metals you'll find at the market spot price, along with gold, silver, platinum and palladium. This whitish metal has a very high melting point, is one of the densest elements that exist and stands as the most resistant metal to corrosion. However, when scratched or worn, the metal is lost and is therefore not considered to be as durable as platinum. This silver-colored metal is extremely rare and is commonly used for its reflecting properties.
The inherent qualities of metals in the platinum family, including palladium, allow the metal to remain relatively intact when damaged. This element has the best electrical and thermal conductivity as well as the lowest contact resistance of all metals. While one metal may be harder than the others, this doesn't necessarily mean that it will last longer than other metals. .