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Metal Guide

Metal guide will provide you some exciting feature of metal used for jewellery. This can help you choosing the right metal, colour and plating.

Metal Types

Gold

Why Gold is used for Jewellery?
Following are the main reasons why gold is used for Jewellery.
  • Luster
  • Does not Tarnish
  • Does not React t Air like Iron Does
  • It is Malleable
  • It hold value (Rarity)
  • What is Gold Colour?

    Gold in its natural form is always yellow. It does not come in any come other naturally. Gold colour can be changed by mixing different colour alloys. Popularity of gold depends on type of jewellery. Following are the different type of gold colour which is popular.

    • Yellow
    • White
    • Rose/Pink

    What is Gold Purity?
    The higher the proportion of gold used in the final metal, the more valuable and expensive the metal will be. So all other things being the same, an 18K ring will be more expensive than a 14K ring and a 14K ring will be more expensive than a 9K ring.
    • 9K gold denotes 37.5% gold purity. 9K is the minimum standard used in UK and is widely used for making profound jewellery to minimize the cost.
    • 14K gold denotes 58.3% gold purity and it often comes stamped with 585.
    • 18k gold denotes 75.0% gold purity. 18K is highly recommended for fine jewellery.
    • 22K gold denotes 91.7% gold purity. Gold in 22K is very soft and is not suitable for manufacturing studded jewellery. It can be used for plain gold jewellery.
    • 24K gold denotes 100% gold purity. Gold in this form is extremely soft and cannot be used for any type of Jewellery making.

    Platinum

    What is Platinum?

    Platinum is most expensive and rare metal which is naturally white metal. Platinum is used in its purest form of around 95%. Gold in its purest form is soft and not used in studded jewellery, while platinum metal can be used in its purest form. Platinum is very dense and durable metal and feels heavier than gold and other metals used for jewellery.

    Why Platinum is used for Jewellery?

    following are the main reasons why platinum is popular over the last 200 years.

    • Hypoallergenic metal: Platinum is used in its purest form which make it hypoallergenic, therefore ideal for sensitive skin.
    • Naturally white metal: Platinum is naturally white so it compliment the studded jewellery best.
    • Lustre, look & Feel: Platinum has very high lustre and have very right look and feel.
    • High density: Platinum has very high density which make it very durable metal compare to other metal used for jewellery

    Gold Vs Platinum
    Following are the main differences.
    • Natural Colour: Platinum is naturally white compare to gold which is yellow.
    • Purity: Normally platinum is used in almost its purest form compare the gold. Gold is not strong enough for studded jewellery in its purest form
    • Durability: platinum is very dense metal than gold which make is more durable
    • Price: platinum is more expensive and weigh almost 40% more than gold. Also platinum used in its purest form vs gold
    • Look & Feel: Platinum's tactile feel and lustre make it feel heavier and rich.

    Silver

    About Silver

    Silver is one the precious metal used for jewellery. It is white and bright metal make it suitable for jewellery made with semi precious stones. Silver traditionally used for tableware and coins and it is associated with wealth and glamour.

    What is Sterling Silver?

    Sterling silver term represent the composition of silver. Sterling silver is normally having 92.5% silver mixed 7.5% other alloy mainly copper. Sterling silver is slightly harder than pure silver make it very suitable for precious and semi precious stone jewellery.

    High quality Silver from Abelini
    We make sure the you get best quality jewellery with silver by following high quality standards.
    • Nickle Free: We make sure that our silver is completely nickle free
    • Plating: We use high standard gold and rhodium plating to make it ideal for silver jewellery gift.
    • Strict quality control and latest processing techniques.

    Brass

    About Brass Metal

    Brass is yellow metal same as gold. Brass is copper and zinc alloy. Its is highly popular for fashion jewellery. In modern fashion jewellery segment, you will find more brass jewellery compare to gold and silver.

    Brass vs gold and silver?

    Brass has gain high popularity in modern fashion jewellery due to following main reasons.

    • Colour: It has gold colour which make it good substitute for gold.
    • Non Tarnishing Quality: Brass doesn't tarnish like silver. Unfinished brass can tarnish over time as a reaction to air and moisture, but it can be easily cleaned.
    • Price/Cost: Brass is fraction of price of gold
    • Durability: If proper care care given, finished brass can have longevity

    Nickle Free Brass Jewellery from Abelini
    We process the brass with latest technology and plating technique to make it perfect choice for gifting and modern fashion jewellery.

    Type of Plating

    Rhodium Plating

    What is rhodium?

    Rhodium is ten time more expensive than gold. It is not suitable for jewellery due to us processing feasibility for jewellery making. Rhodium is very brittle and stressed which can not be crafted and mouldable.

    What is rhodium plating?

    Rhodium plating is the process of coating layer of rhodium on the jewellery metal. Rhodium plating gives jewellery high bright, white and mirror like finishing. Rhodium plating can be of many different colour like hair colour including black rhodium plating.

    Gold Vs Rhodium Plating
    Gold plating is mainly used when main metal is white and need to be transform it in yellow colour. Rodium plating is mainly use to make white gold metal to give it 100% white and bright look.

    Gold Plating

    What is gold Plating?

    It is process of coating thin layer of gold on other jewellery metals. This is highly popular for giving yellow colour to precious and semi precious jewellery

    What is Vermeil

    Vermeil if French word used for gold plated silver. Traditionally it is called silver-gilt. With thick layer of gold coated over silver it is very popular and ideal for jewellery. It is quite less expensive than gold jewellery. It protect silver from tarnishing and other reactions.