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It’s very interesting indeed how so many people have their own personal preference for jewelry, specifically ring metals, going on nothing more than colour

We uncovered in a previous article that gold, for example, has so many factors that give it value.

It’s the most malleable of all the precious metals found naturally, and doesn’t tarnish, rust, or corrode. In its natural state, gold is distinctly yellow in colour, but this changes depending on which metal alloys are added during processing.

For centuries gold has intrigued and impressed people, and here you’ll learn what about this metal makes it so special.

All that glitters

Pure gold is a very soft metal that’s susceptible to wear and tear. This means that in order for gold to be suited for use in jewelry, it has to be strengthened with other metals. Metal alloys like copper and silver are added to improve durability.

When looking at a piece of gold we usually see a number followed by the letter “k”. This refers to the purity of the metal.

The “k” stands for Karat, and tells us how much of that piece is actually gold. For instance, 24k is 100% pure gold, 18k is 75% gold, and 14k is 58.3% gold. The rest of the piece will include the alloys mentioned above.

This not only makes gold more affordable, but influences its colour as well. The higher the Karat of your ring, the deeper the gold colour will be.

Depending on the type and percentage of metal alloys in gold, we end up with yellow, rose, or white gold. Yellow gold makes use of alloys with a red hue, like copper, to give it a deep shine. With white gold, white metal alloys are incorporated.

They are plated with rhodium for robustness and to heighten the white, glistening effect. In order to achieve the pink hue of rose gold, a copper alloy is used, by adjusting the percentages with which alloys occur in gold, you can impact the colour.

Shine on

It’s no wonder that gold is by far the most popular metal for use in jewelry. Its deep luster and malleable nature make it ideal for transformation in order to bring to life anyone’s wildest dreams.

You can choose the colour that meets your fancy, with a purity level to suit your taste, in a classic design that speaks to who you are. Other front runners in the jewelry industry are platinum, palladium, and silver.

Platinum takes what sterling silver and white gold embody, and boosts it by a hundred. Its unmistakable white gleam not only fits well with any gem, but elevates its brilliance to the nth degree. Known for its durability, platinum is four times stronger than gold and is therefore more resistant to damage.

Palladium becomes the metal of choice for those who want the look of platinum without the weight. Considerably lighter, palladium has gained popularity for looking like platinum. It’s a durable metal that withstands damage well, and has a stunning gleaming white colour that doesn’t require any additional coating.

Even though it’s often used as an alloy in gold, silver still manages to hold its own in the jewelry market. In its purest form, silver shares the softness of gold, and is therefore mixed with other metals to add strength and durability. Silver’s natural white luster makes it a favourite for not only jewelry, but fine serving collections, and decorative gifts as well.

If following the masses is not your thing, you could give one of the alternative metals used in jewelry a try. Take your pick from cobalt, tungsten, titanium, or stainless steel. These metals are known for their durability, resistance to damage, and hypoallergenic properties.

Today they are commonly used in the design of male wedding rings because of their special mix of robustness and gleaming white shine.

At Ickinger we pride ourselves on our wide range of metals for every occasion. Browse our store to find just the right one for you.