Information about Metals Used in Solitaire Engagement Rings

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Many women like to know the differences between yellow gold, white gold, round diamond rings and platinum. This one question led to most of the people and they really challenged the knowledge of many professionals on the subject. Here we are going to discuss more about different metals.

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Information about Metals Used in Solitaire Engagement Rings Many women like to know the differences between yellow gold, white gold, round diamond rings and platinum. This one question led to most of the people and they really challenged the knowledge of many professionals on the subject. Here we are going to discuss more about different metals. Experts periodically try to educate or re-educate consumers about the characteristics of various metals used in bridal jewelry , platinum engagement rings and solitaire engagement rings. What are the differences between 14K, 18K and 24K yellow gold? First, all gold jewelry is a combination of gold and metal alloy that determines its durability and color . Pure gold, or 24K gold, is much too soft and malleable to be used in commercial jewelry . To strengthen it, an alloy such as silver, zinc, copper or nickel is added. Some people are allergic to nickel, so it is used less today than it has been in the past.

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The percentage of the metal alloy will determine the karat designation for gold. 24K gold is 100% pure gold, because it has no other metal alloys. 18K gold is composed of 75% pure gold and 25% metal alloys. 14K gold is composed of 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% metal alloys. 10K gold is composed of 41.7% pure gold and 58.3% metal alloys. Generally, the higher the percentage of “hardening” alloys added to gold, the more durable the composition. For instance, 10K gold, which has 58.3% of hardening alloys, is more durable than 18K gold, which has only 25% of hardening alloys. With regard to color and lustre, the higher the percentage of gold content in solitaire engagement rings , the more yellows the color and lustre. What are the differences between 14K white gold, 18K white gold and platinum in round diamond rings? White gold is a combination of pure gold and metallic alloys that give it a white color . The alloys most commonly used are silver and palladium (a less expensive member of the platinum family). Traditionally, nickel was used in making white gold, but is no longer used, because some people are allergic to it.

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18k white gold is composed of 75% pure gold and 25% of whitening alloys. 14K white gold is composed of 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% of whitening alloys. 10K white gold is composed of 41.7% of pure gold and 58.3% of whitening alloys. The natural color of white gold is actually a very light grey color . When white gold rings are new, they are coated with another white metal called rhodium to make them whiter. Rhodium is a metal very similar to platinum and in fact shares many of the properties of platinum engagement rings , including its white color . Rhodium is very white and very hard, but it does wear away eventually. To keep a white gold ring looking it is very best, it should be re-rhodium plated every 12 to 18 months. It is a very simple and inexpensive process to have this done. Platinum is a very rare, white precious metal that is dense, malleable and highly resistant to corrosion – even at high temperatures. Due to its density, it is heavier than gold. It is also very hard, strong, extremely long wearing and used in almost pure form in solitaire engagement rings. In the US, platinum jewelry containing 95% or more platinum is stamped PLATINUM or PLAT. Alloys with 75% to 95% platinum must be stamped with the alloy medal as well (e.g. 10% IRIDPLAT meaning 10% Iridium and 90% platinum). In European platinum jewelry is usually 95% platinum and is stamped PT950.

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There are differing opinions among professionals in the jewelry industry whether newly a plated rhodium white gold ring is as white as a platinum round diamond rings. To be honest, it is troubling telling the difference when the white gold ring is new. When the rhodium plating begins to erode and the ring gets a dingy looking change of color that you never get with platinum. When you can afford it, we will always recommend platinum if you like the white color. If not, classic yellow gold still looks great. For more information on platinum engagement rings, cathedral engagement rings, engagement rings and diamond rings visit - http://www.bidiamonds.com Article Source: http://www.bidiamonds.com/blog

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