goal is to provide the people we work with exactly what they want.
Part of the way we do that is by giving
the option of what material to use. While the most obvious difference
between metals may be their color and cost,
there are other factors that also
must be taken into account.
Gold is one of
the most common and traditional jewelry metals. It is measured in Karats(Carat is a measure of weight used for gemstones), with 1 Karat being 1/24(4.17%)
gold by weight.
-24Kt = 99.9% gold
-18Kt = 75.0% gold
-14Kt = 58.5% gold
-10Kt = 41.7% gold
In the United State 10Kt
is the lowest Karat that can legally be called gold. We generally
work with 14Kt gold at the minimum because lower Karats are not as malleable.
22Kt is the highest we use because 24Kt gold does not hold up well.
22Kt is often best for
thick bands when its specific color is desired, but is not recommended
for thinner bands and intricate detail. 18Kt yellow is hard enough to
all types of jewelry, and is noticably more yellow
than 14Kt. 14Kt is the most common and hardest option.
Metal Choices we offer:
-Yellow gold: 10Kt, 14Kt, 18Kt, 22Kt
-Rose gold: 14Kt, 18Kt
-Green gold: 14Kt, 18Kt
-Nickel white gold: 14Kt, 18Kt
-Palladium white gold: 14Kt, 18Kt
Palladium white gold is one
of the most popular metals we work with. This alloy has
a darker color than nickel white gold and is hypoallergenic. Approximately
15% of the population is currently allergic to, or will become allergic
to nickel over their life time. Nickel white gold is slightly harder
than palladium white gold, but both are very durable alloys.
Another important note is
that mass produced white gold jewelry is frequently plated with rhodium
This plating wears
and makes the finish of the metal look uneven. We do not rhodium plate
our jewelry because we(along with most clients) prefer the natural color
of the metals.