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Below are examples of the standard carats of gold and the other metals we work with.
We have often been required to mix two different colours or carats of gold when a client has supplied us with their own metal or old jewellery to use in the making of their bespoke piece. This often results in some very unique and beautiful colours such as a paler creamy yellow (which is achieved by mixing white and yellow gold) that aren’t available on other sites or from metal suppliers. However, this nearly always results in the piece having to be hallmarked as the lowest carat of metal that was used.
Platinum is the most precious and expensive metal we use and is a brighter white than 18ct white gold. It is also the heaviest metal which makes it very tactile.
Palladium is stormy silver colour and has the same level of strength as platinum but is 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.
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 champagne tinge while 18ct white gold when made matte has a light grey colouring and when polished is a shiny deep silver.
If you were thinking of choosing yellow gold then 9ct yellow gold is the least yellow, being quite a sandy colour. The higher the carat the brighter yellow the piece becomes. 18ct and 22ct have a very rich butter yellow colour. However when a silver ring is inlaid with 9ct gold the yellow gold takes on a more subtle shade.
Only rose gold has a reddish colour out of all the metals we use. This can range from a rosy pink colour to a deeper red or coppery colour. The lower the carat of rose gold the more copper it contains, and therefore the deeper red it is. A higher carat has a more delicate pink blush or red tinge and the finish (matt or polished) affects how this appears.
Titanium is a darker metal and has the added benefit of being very strong whilst being extremely light. This is a good metal to choose if you are often involved in manual labour or work with your hands a lot. It can be polished up to a bright grey finish or when left matte has a deep gun metal colour.
From the strongest to weakest:
Palladium and platinum are about the same strength. This is also true of 22ct and 18ct gold, though 22ct is slightly weaker. There is a lot of information on metal strengths on the internet but read more than one article before making a decision. Or if you’d like our advice feel free to email us or call via the information on the Contact Page.
We use two finishes; matte or polished, and they can make some of the metals look quite 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. You can polish the piece to make it shiny again or give it a rub with the scourer we provide in the care pack to make it matte. We give more information on care and maintenance for the pieces on our Care and Sizing page.
All of our work is hallmarked to prove its purity before we send it out so you can be sure of the quality of the metal. Even so, occasionally some people with very sensitive skin need a non-reactive metal for their piece in order to wear it full time without a reaction. More commonly these reactions occur when in contact with metals like nickel or brass, but sometimes even silver can set off the most sensitive skin. In these cases we recommend a high carat of gold or palladium or platinum as these metals are very pure. Titanium is an inexpensive option that is extremely good for wearing against sensitive skin.
Any discolouration which appears when you first begin wearing the piece is likely caused by small amounts of polishing material residue and will fade within one week and has no lasting effect. Alternatively, the varying levels of acidity in our skin and the natural oils we produce can interact with the metal and cause small amounts of discolouration to begin with, but this is very rare and will quickly fade as you wear the piece in.