In a world of fakes and replicas, how can an everyday person understand the difference between tens of different jewelry metals and alloys? Like this limited edition gold-wrapped Kitkat bar, which is nothing more than a normal kitkat bar inside, different jewelry alloys can make a big difference to the end result.
Learning about the differences between yellow vs. rose vs. silver jewelry is a great way to narrow down your options when deciding which metal to choose for your next jewelry purchase.
There are so many options which can make it confusing and a little overwhelming. So let me make it simple by telling you about the basics behind alloys with the goal of helping you to make a well-informed decision.
PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN OF JEWELRY ALLOYS
24 karat gold is 100% pure gold which is a rich, yellow color and similar to pure silver which at 99.9% purity is much softer than sterling silver. Both metals are far too soft to hold up to the everyday wear of a jewelry craft.
So how do we make jewelries that we can wear? Alloys! Alloys are created by mixing different metals with pure gold or silver to create a stronger version of itself.
Karats of gold are created by mixing different ratios of metals. 14k gold is incredibly durable containing 58% pure gold. 18k gold is also strong but quite not as durable since it contains 75% pure gold. This makes it a richer yellow color and the more precious (and expensive) option.
Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of one or more other metals. Copper is the most common metal added to silver to create the sterling alloy. The purpose of the alloy is to harden and strengthen the silver
YELLOW, ROSE GOLD & STERLING SILVER
All gold starts as pure yellow gold. In the case of white gold and rose gold it is actually the metals they are alloyed with that gives them their color. In the case of yellow gold the mix is equal parts silver and copper, with a small amount of zinc.
Yellow gold looks nice on anyone, but is particularly beautiful when contrasted with olive and darker skin tones. It looks less impressive on pale to rose skin tones, meaning sterling silver or rose gold might be a better choice for someone with fair skin.
Some other considerations to keep in mind when comparing yellow gold with rose gold and sterling silver is that yellow gold, particularly high-karat yellow gold, can be easily scratched and dented. It needs to be cleaned and polished regularly.
Rose gold, like yellow gold, is alloyed with silver, copper and zinc. However, the ratio is shifted to incorporate more copper and less silver, resulting in a warmer hue. But don’t worry it is not nearly enough copper to turn your finger green.
Rose gold works well in all types of settings and can be combined with sterling silver or yellow gold to create a unique multi-colored setting that appeals to the wearer’s artistic side.
Rose gold is a fantastic choice for people with warm skin tones as well as for those with cooler skin tones. The rose color stands out beautifully against pale skin, however it might not look as lovely as yellow gold does against darker skin tones. If your skin tone changes seasonally, rose gold might be a great choice.
Sterling silver is one of the world’s most popular precious metals and its considered to be timeless. You can keep your silver jewelry forever and not feel you have to get new pieces each season as colors and styles change.
Additionally, sterling silver jewelry is hardy and strong, while still delicate enough to display the complex knots and designs with a shiny and beautiful finish. While not as strong as stainless steel, sterling silver hue and shine give the air of expense while keeping to a considerate price.
Sterling silver jewelry also makes a perfect gift. Whereas you might hesitate to give even quality costume jewelry as a gift in case it looks “cheap”, you can always be sure that the recipient
will appreciate a piece in sterling silver. It is often less expensive than the higher end costume jewelry yet it has a higher perceived value. You are also more likely to be able to find something of universal appeal, if you are not sure of the exact tastes of the person getting the gift.
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