A question we get asked alot is "what is the right metal for me?" This is all down to a few things, your personal choice, if you have allergies to certian alloys and how hard wearing you require you jewellery to be. This applies for all jewellery types such as engagement rings, wedding rings, pendants, earrings and even cufflinks.
For example - for a ladies wedding ring we would recommend for you to go for the same metal as the engagement ring as this will allow the two metals to wear at the same pace and would be of the same durablilty. However if you have a platinum engagement ring and did not want to pay the price again for a platinum wedding ring then you can have a palladium wedding ring as these two metals will have the same wearbility. (This will be explained below).
(24ct) is too soft to be used on its own in jewellery. It is alloyed with other
metals to give it strength and durability. The higher the pure gold content,
the higher the number of carats. Here at G H Moore, we use 9ct and 18ct gold.
gold, 375 parts out of 1000 are pure gold.
gold, 750 parts out of 1000 are pure gold.
is naturally a very bright yellow but it can be mixed with different metals to
give us yellow gold, white gold and rose gold.
gold is a slightly paler yellow colour to 18ct yellow gold which is a richer
colour. We use both 9ct gold and 18ct yellow gold in our jewellery.
is pure yellow gold that has been mixed with different alloys to promote a
whiter colour, these alloys can be silver and palladium. The natural colour of
white gold will still have a slightly yellowish tint, most white gold jewellery
is rhodium plated which give it the appearance of a bright white metal such as
platinum or palladium, unfortunately this will wear off over time taking the
ring back to its natural colour. This can easily be corrected with a re-polish
and re-rhodium plating. We use both 9ct and 18ct white gold in our jewellery.
is gold mixed with copper giving it a lovely pinky colour. We use both 9ct and
18ct rose gold in our jewellery.
is a naturally bright white metal. It will not discolour unlike white gold.
Platinum is a very durable metal making it very hard wearing, although it will
still scratch and can lose its shine, but this is easily removed with a
re-polish. The Platinum that we use in our jewellery is 95% pure and is only
mixed with 5% other alloys, this gives it a fineness mark of 950. Platinum is
is a very similar metal to platinum as it also a naturally bright white metal
and will not discolour. Palladium is less dense in weight making it lighter on
the finger which some people find more comfortable. The
palladium we use for our jewellery is 95% pure which gives it a fineness mark
of 950. Palladium is naturally hypoallergenic.
For the manufacture of jewellery and silverware,
precious metals are not used in their purest forms. Instead they are alloyed
with other metals. It is not possible to
discern by sight or by touch what the precious metal content of an alloy is.
Our customers can rest assured that all of our
products come with a guarantee of the precious metal content through the
700-year-old practice of third party independent hallmarking.
The 1973 Hallmarking Act makes it unlawful to
describe an item over a certain weight as gold, silver, platinum or palladium
without an independently applied Hallmark.
Silver articles weighing more than 7.78 grams must be hallmarked.
Gold articles weighing more than 1 gram must be hallmarked.
Platinum articles weighing more than 0.5 grams must be hallmarked.
Palladium articles weighing more than 1 gram must be hallmarked.
Articles below these exemption weights may be
described as Gold, Silver, Palladium or Platinum without the need for a