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Precious Metals

Gold is one of the most valuable metals in the world and is found in rivers, seas and the earth’s crust. A total of 120,000 tonnes of gold have been mined since the beginning of time, that’s about enough to fill one oil tanker. It will not rust, tarnish or corrode, in fact gold jewellery recovered from ancient Egyptian tombs was found to have remained in the same state as when it was placed there over 4000 years ago! Gold bonds easily with other base metals giving rise to the different colours available in modern gold alloys.

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is the original and most popular type of gold used in jewellery. Alloying gold with a mix of 50% silver and 50% copper produces yellow gold.

White Gold

White gold has become increasingly popular as a less expensive alternative to platinum. Alloying gold with a mix of silver, palladium, copper and zinc produces white gold.

Rose Gold

Rose gold (also referred to as pink gold) has been fashionable for centuries, its beautiful warm glow making it highly sought after to this day. Alloying gold with a mixture of 10% silver and 90% copper produces rose gold.

Platinum

Platinum is a very strong white metal discovered in Russia in the mid 1700’s. It is over 50% heavier than gold and its sturdiness makes it an ideal metal for making jewellery and in particular for the setting of gemstones. All our platinum jewellery is 95% pure and is alloyed with a related metal called iridium, in order to make it easier to work with.

Palladium

A lustrous white precious metal, palladium is ideal for manufacturing jewellery.

Palladium is rare, it is light, it is pure. You can do really creative, innovative and fun things with it from a jeweller’s perspective that you can’t do with other metals. - BRAD MILLS, CHAIRMAN, INTERNETIONAL PALLADIUM BOARD

Palladium is increasingly being sought-after by jewellers for its unique combination of rarity, lightness and strength.

Its whiteness and lustre are natural and its purity makes it hypoallergenic and completely tarnish-resistant.

An extremely hard metal, palladium is the ideal setting to secure large gemstones in place, while also showering them with maximum light.

Its malleability means it is also perfectly suited for elaborate designs. It can be drawn into fine threads and beaten into leaf form finer than a strand of silk without breaking.

Rhodium

Rhodium is a rare, silver to white metal, that comes from the platinum group in the periodic table. It is one of the most expensive metals, at almost twice the price of platinum and three to four times the cost of gold. Rhodium has an extremely high reflectivity and doesn't normally form an oxide, even when heated.

Sterling Silver

Silver is somewhat rare and relatively expensive, although not as expensive as gold. Fine silver has a brilliant white metallic lustre and is a very soft metal, so is alloyed with copper to make it more durable. King Henry II of England standardised the purity of silver in the 12th century. He imported refiners from an area of Germany known as the Easterling, thus silver with a minimum purity of 92.5% was referred to as Sterling Silver.

Rolled Gold

Rolled gold is made by a process of heating brass under pressure with a thin sheet of high purity (usually 18kt or 22kt) gold in order to fuse them together. The resulting metal is then worked in the normal way. The only rolled gold item that we sell is the agate and CZ bangle (Product Code 1504). Rolled gold is robust and hardwearing.