There are many metals to choose from to get your jewellery made. Different types of metals are used for different kinds of jewellery. Precious jewellery is commonly made with high lustre metals like gold, silver and platinum. Non-precious jewellery nowadays is gaining popularity, they mostly have contemporary designs and are made in metals like brass, zinc, german silver, aluminium. stainless steel and more.
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Jewellery can be made in lots of metals, the metal that is chosen though depends on one’s usage quality expectation and budget. High quality jewellery is made mostly in highly lustrous and precious metals like palladium, platinum, gold and silver sometimes with precious gemstones, they look luxurious and are expensive and most durable. Lesser quality jewels are less durable and therefore have shorter life spans, they are made in less expensive metals like brass, zinc, aluminium, german silver, stainless steel and more. Therefore, both non-precious and precious metals are used in making jewellery but what metals you want your jewellery to be made in totally depends on your preferences, suitability and budget.
The top five most expensive metals in which jewellery is made are Rhodium, palladium, Platinum, Gold and Iridium. But the fact that they are more expensive is not because of their density but because of their rarity, nature and properties both chemical along with physical. Although more dense the metal is, more is its weight which definitely affects the price per gram to both the jewellery maker and the buyer.
The list of metals in which jewellery can be made is long and vast. There literally is no boundary to that and totally depends on the needs and preferences of both the jewellery maker and wearer. Some expensive metals in which jewellery can be made are Rhodium, palladium, Platinum, Gold and Iridium. Other lesser expensive but precious metals in which jewellery is most commonly made is white gold, rose gold, silver with different karats. Metals that are even less expensive than the above are used in lower quality jewels, they are pocket friendly but are also less durable with shorter life spans. These types of contemporary jewels are made in metals like brass, zinc, aluminium, german silver, stainless steel and more.
For cleaning high valued and precious metal jewellery, it is always advised that they are cleansed with a gentle jewellery cleaner made specifically for the particular metal that your jewellery has been made in, for example, gold jewellery should be cleaned with a gold jewellery cleaning solution that can be ordered online.
In case that is not an option for you at the moment, using mild soap and warm water is also a great way to do the same. All you need to do is make a mild solution of warm water and a gentle soap. Further, you gently scrub your gold jewels using your fingers and pat dry with a lint-free cloth.
Although pure gold does not tarnish, almost all gold jewels crafted are mostly alloys. Therefore depending on the percentage of other metals mixed with the gold, there is a very low chance of tarnish.
Therefore, to avoid experiencing tarnishing of your precious pieces, there are a couple of specific substances you should avoid:
Soap- Different soaps, hand washes and body washes have different chemicals that may develop a film onto your pieces and subdue their looks. Therefore, we would suggest that you avoid wearing your jewels when in contact with such soaps with unknown ingredients. Basic
Chlorine- Chlorine can damage the finish of your pieces by subduing their shine or even their colour and therefore their richness. Moreover, chlorine in high temperatures like in a hot tub can permanently damage or discolour your gold jewellery.
Although pure gold does not tarnish, almost all gold jewels crafted are mostly alloys. Therefore even though there is a very low chance of tarnish, they still can tarnish when they come in contact with water and other chemicals. It totally depends on the types and percentage of other metals mixed with the gold.
Talking particularly about wearing your jewellery while in Sauna, we would strongly suggest for you do not do that. Why? Well, first of all, it is not safe for you personally since metal gets heated up rapidly under high temperatures due to which it might burn your skin. Apart from that, the metal reacts to high temperatures therefore light discolouration, change in top finish may also be seen.
Pure gold is very soft for you to wear every day, therefore gold jewellery is always made and worn in alloy. Alloy is when different metals, with their unique chemical and physical properties, are combined together to form one unit. For example, gold alloy for gold jewellery may consist of metals like silver, copper, platinum, palladium, and zinc to give it strength and durability.
Inexpensive or cheap jewellery is made in base metals. Base metal is a term used in the jewellery industry to represent non-precious metals used in the making of fast costume jewellery, including copper, aluminium, brass, nickel silver (which is a silvery-white alloy resembling silver) and more.