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Precious Metal Guide

In Jewellery industry, three types of precious metals are used: Gold Platinum Silver

These metals are known also as noble metals, because of their chemical stability and their unique resistance ability to oxidation.

For production reasons, precious metals are combined with Alloys . The reason for this is primary to combine the precious material with two or more other metals or elements and as a result to achieve this way to get a harder component, proper to use in jewellery.

Alloys make gold more durable for everyday wear.

In the last years, Jewellery industry successfully, enriched its production by using more types of metals.

This happened mainly to achieve to develop more high tech, trendy designs (wearables) or because it was important to reduce partially the cost of the noble metal in the jewellery production lines.

The most popular metals in this category of jewellery, are: Stainless steel, Titanium

Man’s jewellery are designed and developed mainly with stainless steel or Titanium.

In GALLERY DIAMOND, our Classic Diamond jewellery & fine collections known as GD Creations, are produced in 18kt gold, or platinum.

For the exclusive light gift collections – GD Trends – the main metal used is Sterling Silver 950o or 925o or Gold 18kt combined with sterling silver.

Occasionally depending on the concept of a collection stainless steel or bronze could be used.

To modify the chemical properties of all precious metals and be usable in jewelry industry 24kt gold metal, which is too soft to use in jewelry manufacturing - must be converted into 18kt /750 or 14kt/585 or 9kt/375.

In other words to mix gold with different types of Alloys and convert its purity.

The purity of the gold is measured as following;

Jewellery Classification in Kts Gold Purity Comments
24 1000 Gold is too soft and inappropriate for jewellery production
22 916 used mainly for plain yellow gold jewellery production - no use of diamonds or other gems.
18 750 used mainly in the diamond jewelry production and for high end fine jewellery
14 585 The finished product is lighter in weight, comparing with the above jewelry classifications and is used for lower cost diamond jewellery and more commercial lines
9 375 This jewellery category is the less in consisting of pure gold and it's very popular nowadays to develop price attractive gold gift collections and more commercial jewellery.

Common Alloys to mix gold, are Copper, Silver, Palladium, Zinc. For white gold jewelry Silver, Palladium occasionally small percentage of Nickel. Nickel alloys can cause allergy,

therefore in EU is allowed to be used only in a very tiny % quantity in jewelry manufacturing.

Gold in jewellery is available in three different categories:

White Gold

Mixing pure gold with alloys such as palladium or zinc or copper. Tiny % of nickel, is used also from manufacturers to produce white gold jewellery.

Yellow Gold

The result by mixing pure gold with silver and copper.

Pink Gold

This type of rose gold jewellery is created by alloying pure gold with copper & silver

GALLERY DIAMOND with this precious metal guide is giving the information that will help you to choose the right metal for your jewel and also it guides you to recognize the different stamps of the metal that are engraved on your jewel piece.

We hope you joined it and wish you to buy a great jewel with our help!

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