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Learn About Metals

Many different metal types are used to make jewelry. We've listed some popular metals and their Mohs level below. The Mohs scale is a system used to rank materials on their hardness, which is graded using numbers from 1 to 10. The Mohs scale is used to compare gemstones, metals, and other materials to evaluate their durability. This can indicate whether other metals can scratch each other.

Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold is an alloy made of a mixture of pure gold and either zinc and copper. The higher the karat amount, the more pure the gold.

STYLE INFORMATION:
  • Has that classic “Gold” look
  • Pairs great with Garnets and Diamonds
  • Can be softer or easier to break depending on purity
MOHS SCALE:
  • 18k 2.8 hardness level
  • 14k 3.5 to 4 hardness level

White Gold

White Gold is a form of gold with a distinct pale white or cream color; its an alloy of gold and at least one white metal; either nickel, manganese, or palladium, which typically makes up apprx 10% of the alloy.

STYLE INFORMATION:
  • Goes great with Diamonds
  • Cheaper alternative to Platinum
  • Commonly 9-1 gold to nickel
MOHS SCALE:
  • 18k 2.8 hardness level
  • 14k 3.5 to 4 hardness level

Rose Gold

Rose Gold has a “rose” tint from the gold-copper alloy that composes it. It is also known as “pink gold” and “red gold”, and historically was very popular in Russia, which has also earned it the name “Russian Gold”, though it is far and away most well known as Rose Gold.

STYLE INFORMATION:
  • Highest Karat version is known as “Crown Gold”
  • Pairs great with colored stones
  • Currently trending
MOHS SCALE:
  • 18k 2.75 hardness level
  • 14k 3 to 4 hardness level

 

Platinum

Platinum is a metal that is incredibly resistant to corrosion, even at high temperatures. Apart from jewelry, Platinum is used in the treatment of cancer. Because of its white color, it will not cast any tinting on any stones that are used.

STYLE INFORMATION:
  • An alternative to Silver, White Gold or Palladium
  • One of the least reactive metals
  • Heaviest of the precious metals
MOHS SCALE:
  • 4 to 4.5 hardness level

Silver

Silver is one of the cornerstone precious metals, silver has long been used in jewelry, currency, and investment bullion. It is extremely malleable and pairs beautifully with most stones.

STYLE INFORMATION:
  • Silver has been used as early as 3000 BCE
  • Very affordable
  • Associated with the ability to stop paranormal creatures such as vampires or werewolves
MOHS SCALE:
  • 2.5 to 3 hardness level