Gold was the first metal widely known to our specie, perhaps no other metal is considered as legendary and stunning as gold. In olden times, it was thought to have therapeutic properties when worn. Gold has an astounding legacy and exceptional traits. The rarity, exquisiteness, and enigma of this metal have presented it with the status of being the most valuable commodity throughout the history of mankind. Gold is the most malleable and ductile metal, which makes it very easy to work with. It is found naturally in a discrete yellow color and is defiant to tarnish, rust, and corrosion. Due to its brilliance and durability gold in ancient days was used to make ornaments for the deities and royalty. In recent times this precious metals scarcity, density, and uniqueness has made it a natural trading medium.
Gold purity or percentage is measured in karats denoted by the letter “K” and is represented in the range of 1 to 24 karat. Since 24 karat is pure gold, it is the most expensive, but is less durable as 100% gold is too soft for extended handling and usage. Due to its pliable nature gold is commonly used in karat weights of 18 kt (75% gold), 14 kt (58% gold), and 10 kt (41% gold). Owing to its natural properties gold has an extraordinary shine and remarkable physical characteristics, which make it exceptionally well suited for making jewelry.
Silver like gold is also one of the first metals to be used by mankind. It was Pure silver, also identified as fine silver is a malleable, white, and lustrous metal. It is considered as the most reflective metal and can be polished to get a superior sheen. The symbol of silver is "Ag" which in Latin means argentum meaning white and shining. Findings suggest that ornaments and decorative pieces made from silver have been found that go back to 4000 B.C, and silver alongside gold was used as money for many centuries. Because pure silver is soft, it is alloyed with copper to achieve hardness. The most common alloy which is combined with silver to provide durability is sterling silver, which comprises of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.
As such silver prices are reliant on the purity of the silver used or its weight. At Fascinating Diamonds we craft our jewelry in 92.5 % pure sterling silver for engagement and wedding rings. Our silver rings are customized according to the buyer’s choice and preferences, but the cost of silver jewelry sold by us would depend on the value of metal, the design, and the craftsmanship of each piece.
This is the natural shade of gold, which is by far the most widespread form of gold used in creating jewelry. The gleaming yellow color virtually suits all skin tones and hence is preferred over other colors of gold. A proper blend of alloys like copper and silver with pure gold gives this metal its much known shine and gleam.
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Currently much in demand, white gold is considered by many as fashionable and stylish. Its silvery white nature is what makes it more alluring and special. Just like the yellow gold white gold is blend with other alloys like nickel, zinc or palladium to give it the white color. At times it is also plated with an even whiter metal called rhodium, so as to augment its look.
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Pleasing to the eye, rose gold color is recently gained popularity and fame. It has an outstanding pink hue which is created when yellow gold is blend with copper in proper percentage to get the desired rose color. More the percentage of copper stronger would be the shade of pink or red color. The most common alloy fusion for rose gold is 18 karat, which comprises of 75% gold and 25% copper.
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As such gold prices are reliant on the purity of the gold used or its karat weight. At Fascinating Diamonds we craft our jewelry in 18 kt gold for engagement and wedding rings. Also, we make use of 14 kt and 10 kt gold which is commonly used in America for making jewelry. Our gold rings are customized according to the customer’s choice and preferences, but the cost of gold jewelry would depend on the karat value, its design, and the craftsmanship of each piece.
Platinum also called the “king of metals” is extremely rare and is considered more precious metal than gold. It is also the heaviest metal to be used in crafting jewelry. Spaniards referred to this curious metal as “patina” or “little silver” and King Louis XVI of France declared platinum as the only metal fit for royalty. As platinum is resilient, sturdy, has a high melting point, is resistant to corrosion or chemical attack, and cannot be scratched easily, it is considered to be an ideal metal for setting precious diamond jewelry. It has a unique white luster and its neutral color perfectly brings out the natural blaze and brilliance of a diamond and hence it has become one of the most popular metals for setting diamond engagement or wedding rings. Platinum or Plat is symbolized as “Pt” and has a purity level of up to 95%. Because of the high rate of purity level, platinum is hypoallergenic, which makes it suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies. The common stamps given to platinum are 900 pt or 950 pt which indicate the authenticity of this metal. A piece of jewelry must include at least 95% platinum to be labeled as “Platinum” or “Plat”, in the United States.
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As such platinum prices are reliant on the purity of the platinum used or its weight. At Fascinating Diamonds we craft our jewelry in 950 Pt for engagement and wedding rings. Our platinum rings are customized according to the customer’s choice and preferences, but the cost of platinum jewelry would depend on the value of the metal, the design, and the craftsmanship of each piece.
Palladium known to be a member of the Platinum group is one of the rarest metals on earth. It was discovered by William Hyde Wollaston in the year 1803 and is named after the asteroid Pallas. It is also, referred to as “Noble metal” due to its superior capability to resist corrosion and oxidation. Palladium is durable, lustrous, and naturally a white metal, which makes it the best substitute for white gold. It is less dense and that is the reason it is significantly less expensive than platinum. Known to be a fashionable metal, palladium is popularly used in making diamond wedding or engagement rings. It is also a hypoallergenic metal and is suitable for people with sensitive or allergic skin. Just like platinum metal, palladium also has a purity of 95% and hence ensures that the jewelry remains white all the time. Palladium is preferred by many jewelry designers because it is quite malleable and can be used in detailing intricate jewelry.
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