As you have probably already seen on the website we work with yellow, white, and rose gold, platinum, palladium and siver, and recently have begun making some of our rings with titanium.
As we don’t rhodium plate our white gold, it keeps the original colour. 9ct white gold looks a bit more like silver but with a very slight yellow tinge. 18ct white gold when made matte has a grey colour that looks just like brushed steel, and when polished has a shiny gun metal look.
Platinum is the most precious and expensive metal we use. It is whiter than 18ct white gold but still has a slight gun metal look. It is also the heaviest metal which makes it very tactile.
Palladium is pretty much the same colour and strength as platinum but a lot lighter in weight so you can get a lot more for your money. If you want a strong metal on a budget palladium is a very good option.
If you were thinking of yellow gold then 9ct yellow gold is the least yellow. The higher the carat the deeper the yellow. 18ct and 22ct have a very rich yellow colour. However when a silver ring is inlaid with 9ct gold the yellow gold takes on a more subtle shade.
Metal colour examples
|22ct yellow gold||18ct white gold||9ct rose gold||18ct yellow+18ct white|
|9ct white gold||9ct yellow gold||Palladium||Palladium+18ct yellow gold|
|Platinum with diamond||Platinum with oak||Titanium|
Which metals are strongest?
From the strongest metal:
22ct yellow gold/ 18ct gold
- Palladium and platinum are about the same strength. This is also true of 22ct and 18ct gold. There is a lot of information on metal strengths on the internet but read more than one article before making a decision.
We use two finishes; matte or polished, and they do make some of the metals look different. With the matte finish the metals have a deeper and more subtle look. Once the piece has been worn for a while either the matte or the polished finishes will fade and after a year the pieces will look the same. Of course you can polish the piece to make it shiny again or give it a rub with a green kitchen scourer to make it matte.