Things To Know About Platinum

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Things To Know About Platinum

One of the most asked questions about purchasing jewellery is which is better, gold and platinum? Continue reading to find out things to know about platinum before you do your next jewellery purchase. If you missed the gold article we have, please Click here to read about gold.

Purity

Platinum can be used at its virtually pure form of 95% compare to 18K gold at 75%. Even though there are 22k gold (92%) and 24k gold (99%) available, they are not commonly used on stone set jewellery because they are considered as “too soft”.

There are options of lower purity platinum jewellery available in the market for affordability. However High quality platinum jewellery is to be made from alloy with 95% platinum.

At its highest purity of 95%, Platinum jewellery is consider as hypoallergenic which is suitable for someone with very sensitive skin. In saying that, keep in mind that there are hypoallergenic white gold option is available. At Gevery, we also offer white gold jewellery with palladium-based alloy, nickel free, on our Made To Order range.

Durability 

Platinum can withstand the demand of everyday wear. It is a very strong and durable however it is not scratch resistance. All metal can be scratched when it contacts with other metal. However, instead of losing its property when scratched like gold, platinum will displace the metal. This makes platinum wear down or become thin at a much slower pace than gold. You will notice that engraving or fine details on old platinum ring stay remain crisp and defined overtime.

Platinum is more rigid than gold, which means it cannot be bent easily. This quality makes platinum a great choice of metal for stone set jewellery as it will hold the stones more securely than gold. 

Weight and density

Platinum is a denser metal than gold. To put in perspective, 950 platinum alloys are around 40% heavier than 18k gold alloys. It means that there is more platinum used compared to gold in order to make the same ring. For example, same plain ring weighting 5 gms in 18K gold will weight around 7 gms in platinum. Therefore, platinum jewellery feels more substantial and luxurious compared to same jewellery pieces made in other metals.

However since platinum is a dense metal and it is being used in its almost purest form compared to gold. 95% in most platinum alloys compared to 75% in 18K gold and 92% in 22K gold. This makes platinum jewellery is generally more expensive than gold jewellery.

Rarity

No question, Platinum is rarer than gold! This together with other quality platinum offers has given it a prestige status in precious metal.

Cost of manufacturing

As luxurious as platinum is, it is also harder to work with. It has a higher melting point than gold and also requires higher skilled craftsman to work with it. There is also different set of tools required to work with platinum. Therefore labour cost in making platinum jewellery is higher than gold.

Any scraps of platinum cannot be re-melted and used again like gold, it needs to be sent to a refiner. This will add more cost to the manufacturing process .

Since platinum is not a very flexible metal in tern of its re-usability. It is not as widely in demand compare to gold or even silver. This is also another factor contributes to the higher price of platinum jewellery.

Maintenance

With its naturally white in colour, platinum doesn’t require a routine rhodium plating like white gold does. Although, it does require routine polishing to keep its shininess. Keep in mind regarding platinum’s melting points and skills required to work on it, cost to polish platinum rings usually comes pretty close to cost of polishing and rhodium plating combined on the white gold piece.

Investment

Comparing with gold, Platinum has more prestige status as jewellery piece. However, gold is better investment asset. It holds its value better than platinum. That is because it has higher demand in the market therefore it is widely traded. Gold can be easily melted and made into another piece or sold as a bullion.

Now you should have a better understanding about platinum. Keep all these points in mind when you do your next jewellery shopping. There is really no right or wrong whether you pick gold or platinum. It all comes down to what you are looking for in that particular jewellery piece. Happy shopping!

How to pick a wedding band

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How to pick a wedding band

You have popped the question. You have got the “yes”. The next thing is how to pick a wedding band for your big day. It is definitely not easy if you don’t know where to start. Below is a list of few things you should consider when you are shopping for wedding band.

Selecting a  metal

First step to is to think about whether you want metal colour of your wedding ring to match your engagement ring. Traditionally, people like to have wedding rings in the same metal colour as engagement rings. However, wearing mismatched metal colours is in fashion right now. So don’t be scared to wear rose gold with white gold.

In term of metal purity, it is recommended that it is the same with your engagement ring. 9k engagement ring is to be worn with 9k wedding ring. This is because different gold purity has different hardness. Higher purity of gold is softer, meaning 18k will be scratched by harder ring such as the 9k ring if they are worn together. Platinum engagement ring is also recommended to be worn with platinum wedding ring for the same reason.

While there is no colour variation issue between different gold purity on white gold, as it is rhodium plated, this is something to consider if you are looking to have both of your engagement and wedding rings in yellow gold. Higher gold purity usually means that the piece will be richer e.g. 18k yellow gold ring will generally be slightly more yellow than 9k yellow gold ring from the same maker. Please keep in mind that even the same purity, colour of gold can vary from one jeweller to another so it is a good idea to purchase both engagement ring and wedding from the same place in order to avoid colour variation between the two rings.

Matching or not?

Think about whether you would like your wedding ring to match with your partner’s ring. Traditionally, wedding rings for the married couples are matched with each other. However, this is not the case anymore. It is more often than not that design of the two wedding rings are different. There is no set rules for this but making this decision will help selecting wedding rings become much easier.

Consider your life style

Particularly for the wedding ring, it is another important element to consider before making the purchase. For someone who uses their hands a lot, such as for cleaning or gardening, a plain ring would be recommended as there is no need to worry about losing stones or cleaning so often as dirt or grease can get right under. For someone who does a lot of manual work, a thicker plain ring might be a good idea as it won’t warp or bent so easily. But at the end of the day, it comes down to your preferences.

Set budget

Setting a budget is a great thing to do when you plan to shop for anything. There is no exception when shopping for wedding ring. Having a budget will help you determine whether or not you can have stones set on the ring. If so, how many and what quality the stones should be. Stones set on wedding ring are costlier than plain band as there is also a cost for setting each stone involves as well.

Consider shape/design of engagement ring

If you plan to wear your wedding ring together with your engagement ring, consider how the two rings will sit together on your finger. For the engagement ring with curved or contoured band, get the design that will snug into the shape of your engagement ring beautifully.

There are a couple of popular options, a set of Solitaire engagement with a diamond wedding ring or a set of Fancy engagement ring with plain band. We think there is no rules here, it depends on the overall look you are after.

Give yourself time to shop

Wedding ring is not just a piece of jewellery, it symbolises a life long commitment you have to each other. Make sure you give yourself enough time to shop around. A simple wedding band or just a ring resized can take 2 – 3 weeks depending on how busy the jewellers are. It can actually take even longer during a peak season like Spring or Christmas time. For made to order ring with stones set, you will want to allow minimum of 3-4 weeks. This is given that you already know what design you are after.

Considering these turn around times, start shopping for your ring around 2 to 3 months prior to your wedding day. This will give you enough time to select the design you like and also shop around for the jeweller who will offer you the best value for money.

Karat and Colour of Gold

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We are covering basic information about gold karat and colour. Please check here for info on other types of metal for your next jewellery purchase.

Gold Purity

How does the Karat work on gold?

We have heard so much of “18 karat gold” or  “18K gold”. But what does “Karat” really mean?

Karat in gold refers to purity of gold out of 24 parts of a whole. When a piece of jewellery being made from 18k gold, it means that the metal used on the piece has 18 part of gold and 6 part of other alloys. In term of what metals are used to mix with gold, this depends on what colour the goldsmiths or jewellers want the gold to be in. The higher number of karat indicates higher purity of gold in the piece. Karat can also be called Carat, seen as “CT”. This is not to be confused with “Carat” which is a unit used to for weight of Diamond and Gemstones.

Another aspect of gold worth noting is even though 24 karat is the highest purity for gold, there will be other metal mixed into gold as pure gold is too soft for making jewellery. To put karat of gold into 1/1000 part, they will look like below:

  • 24 Karat = 999 parts in 1000 parts (99.9% gold)
  • 18 Karat = 750 parts in 1000 parts (75% gold)
  • 14 Karat = 585 parts in 1000 parts (58.5% gold)
  • 10 Karat = 417 parts in 1000 parts (41.7% gold)
  • 9 Karat = 375 parts in 1000 parts (37.5% gold)

Notice familiar numbers here on the jewellery pieces. Number of parts per 1000 parts of gold are regularly used as stamp on the jewellery to indicate gold purity used on the piece. For example, for 18 karat gold, there can be 750, 18k or 18ct stamp on the piece.

Karat and Price

The lower karat the gold is the lower gold purity it will be. It, however, also means that the gold will be more durable and less expensive.

At the higher end of the spectrum, 18 karat gold is the most used  for jewellery because it has good durability while still has relatively high gold purity. 24 karat and 22 karat are considered too soft for stone settings. In recent years, 9 karat gold has become more popular due to its durability and affordability.

Keep in mind that even though 18k is softer than 9k gold, we are talking about a slight difference in hardness between the two. Unless the 18k and 9k are rubbing together everyday, which 9k will scratch the 18k, the difference of hardness for both purity of gold are more or less forgivable when they are worn alone.

18k keeps its appearance better than 9k over time, especially through everyday wear. This is another reason why 18k is widely preferred for wedding band and engagement ring.

What is the karat gold for you? This will be up to your lifestyle as most of all what suits your budget.

Gold Colour

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is considered as a timeless type of gold. It has been around for a very long time and always is the most preferred choice of gold (while rose gold and white gold will be in and out of fashion).

Yellow Gold generally mixed with copper and zinc to create alloy. The lower karat on the gold means the more copper and zinc mixed in. This results in paler yellow colour on the 9k gold compared to 18k gold. The golden lustrous colour of the 18k makes it one of most used gold type on jewellery, especially wedding and engagement rings. It also holds up well against the demand of everyday wear.

Yellow Gold Benefits

In terms of longevity, yellow gold is easier to maintain compared to white gold as there is no plating required. This means you are saving around AUD$30-$60 each time you send your beloved jewellery piece for polishing. However, please keep in mind that compared to the same karat gold in different colours, yellow gold is more prone to get scratched.

Yellow gold is a classic colour that compliments variety of skin colours, particularly those with a warmer skin tone. It also looks especially amazing on someone with olive and darker skin. To check if you have warm tone skin, see if your veins inside your wrist (under just under your forehand) look greenish. You should also notice a yellow/golden undertone in your skin.

Yellow gold makes diamonds look brighter and whiter due to the contrast it has against the clear/ white colour of the diamonds. As a result, yellow gold is a great metal to pick when you select the more budget friendly option diamond for your jewellery. To opt for a more modern and luxurious look, you can also choose to have yellow gold body with white gold setting/claws.

White Gold

To create white gold alloy, jewellers usually mix metal like silver, palladium or nickel with gold. If you are sensitive to nickel, you might want to check if the jewellers have mixed nickel in the white gold alloy. At Gevery, we use gold and palladium alloy on our Made To Order range.

White Gold Benefits

There is no colour variation between different karat of white gold. This is because all white gold are plated with rhodium to give it white look. White gold alloy alone without rhodium plating has yellow tint to it.

White gold is a great choice as it is cheaper than platinum but giving you a similar look. We use the word “similar look” here because platinum has a slight grey/gunmetal hue in it. Rhodium plated white gold looks more true white. However, these differences are only noticeable when both metals are next to each other. You can even opt for 9k white gold for the same look without breaking your bank.

Another point to note is that white gold jewellery needs to be rhodium plated every time it is polished. This is because polishing will take the rhodium out at the same time as all the scuffs and scratches. This process makes white gold jewellery looks slightly yellow and lost its lustrous look. It is recommended for white gold to be re-plated with rhodium every 12 – 18 months. However, don’t let this become your major concern as rhodium-plating service is widely available. In fact, Gevery offers free annual polishing and rhodium plating on our Made-To-Order range. 

White gold looks great on paler skin and cool toned skin. If you are unsure if you have cool skin tone, check if you have bluish coloured veins inside your wrist (just under your forehand). Cool toned skin people will also notice rosy/pink hue on their skin.

Rose Gold

This romantic looked gold has just made its come back in the recent year after being out of fashion for a little while.

Rose gold, which is also known as red gold and pink gold is made up from a mixture of gold and copper. The more copper in the pink gold alloy the redder it becomes. As a result, 9k rose gold is generally in darker rose colour, almost copper, while 18k rose gold has a subtle rose colour.

As copper is a very strong metal, this makes rose gold the most durable compared to yellow gold and white gold. (however 18k rose gold is still not as strong as platinum.) It also does not require plating like white gold does.

One down side is that copper is not hypoallergenic. People with sensitive skin are recommended to stay away for this type of gold.

Rose gold complements all skin tones and it also looks great against paler skin.

This colour gold looks great on vintage style pieces but also looks gorgeous on a modern piece when paired with white gold.