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Metal Types

A Lesson In Metallurgy

 

METAL COLOR FINISH CHARACTERISTICS
Platinum White with a cool undertone Resistant to wear;
shows scratches; slowly
dulls to a patina finish
Maintains surface embellishments such as engraving and milgrain; 95% pure metal
18kt Yellow Gold Rich yellow Shows scratches;
polishes as worn
75% gold content; international standard for jewelry; combines purity with performance
14kt Yellow Gold Yellow Shows scratches;
polishes as worn
58.5% gold content; traditional karat of choice in US
9kt Yellow Gold Pale Yellow Shows scratches;
polishes as worn
37.5% gold content; lower gold content makes the jewelry harder and more affordable
White Gold White with a yellow undertone Shows scratches;
polishes as worn
Rigid; more brittle than Platinum; wears over time
Palladium White with a cool undertone. Resistant to wear;
shows scratches; slowly
dulls to a patina finish
Maintains surface embellishments such as engraving and milgrain; 95% pure metal
Sterling Silver Silvery-white with a slight pink undertone Shows scratches;
polishes as worn;
tarnishes
Malleable; less suitable for everyday jewelry because it wears away more quickly
*Jens Hansen – Gold & Silversmith is the designer and maker of The Movie Ring (the rings made for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies), the ONE Ring(s) (made exclusively for Weta Workshop under their license from Warner Bros.) and The Jens Hansen Replica Ring (the replica rings available from Jens Hansen – Gold & Silversmith). Jens Hansen is not otherwise authorised, endorsed, affiliated or otherwise associated with Tolkein Enterprises, The Saul Zaentz Company (owner of the trade marks LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT and THE ONE RING), New Line Productions or Warner Bros.

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