Did you know that there are several types of jewelry metals? Let’s continue our discussion from the last couple of months when we talked about gold.
In the last two monthly blogs we talked about the color and quality of gold. Here are some other metals:
We do not recommend this metal for rings. Titanium is a natural element which has a silver-greyish-white color. Titanium is the hardest natural metal in the world. It is very strong, three times the strength of steel and much stronger than gold, silver and platinum and yet is very light weight.
One factor to consider with titanium is that titanium cannot be soldered, which means that titanium rings cannot normally be resized. Finger sizes may change over time so this may be a problem and certainly a consideration.
Titanium rings made using pure titanium can normally be cut-off the finger in the event of an emergency, though they are more difficult to cut-off than gold, silver or platinum rings. Aircraft grade titanium rings normally cannot be cut-off in the event of an emergency.
Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, so it does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold does.
Platinum is a very dense and heavy metal, so a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18kt gold ring.
Platinum is, however, more expensive than gold. With all other things being the same, a platinum ring will be approximately twice the price of an 18kt white gold ring.
Platinum is a prestige choice and is often chosen for its sophisticated appeal and popularity amongst the rich and famous.
Platinum is normally not used in the full range of jewelry products due to its higher price.
Platinum is mainly used in ladies engagement rings, ladies wedding rings and men’s wedding rings.