Bespoke jewellery is getting more popular these days. By going bespoke, you can modify or create your own design. You have the chance to choose the precious metal and gemstone combination you prefer. Most jewellers offer varieties of rare metals, diamonds and coloured gemstones you can choose from. With a wide selection of possible combinations, what will be the best precious metal for your gemstone?
There are only three precious metals– gold, platinum and silver. They are considered to be among the rarest and most valued metals for ring bands and fine jewellery.
Gold captures the heart of many with its timeless lustrous beauty. Gold lasts forever. It does not rust and tarnish. Platinum is the most durable, lustrous and scratch-resistant precious metal. Its eternal quality makes it a popular choice to symbolise the strength of a relationship, perfect for engagement and wedding rings. Silver has been popular for centuries already. Known for its versatility and natural luster, silver is widely used in the jewellery industry.
Gold is the most popular and traditional choice when it comes to jewellery especially wedding rings. Known for its beauty, gold is also naturally very soft and malleable. Gold has different variation of colours as a result of alloying with other metals– white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.
White gold is a versatile metal formed by combining gold with palladium and silver. It is also coated with platinum to improve its whiteness. White gold is a great choice for any precious and semi-precious gemstone. With its bright white colour, it complements vivid gemstones like emerald, sapphire and rubies. It is also a good pair with sparkling diamonds.
Yellow is the natural colour of gold. Since pure gold is very soft it is usually alloyed with silver or copper. The brightness of yellow gold depends on the karat gold (14K, 18K or 22K). Yellow gold is most suitable to diamonds. It is perfect for lower coloured white diamonds. Yellow gold can help in masking the yellow tinge of a diamond, making it appear whiter.
Rose gold is known for its romantic appeal. Gold is alloyed with copper to give a warm, pink hue. The higher the amount of copper is, the more pink the gold gets. Rose gold is suitable for all types of diamonds and gemstones as well. Due to its romantic appeal, it looks absolutely good with fancy shaped diamonds and deeper coloured gemstones like rubies and emeralds.
Platinum is the most valued and most durable precious metal. It is getting popular as metal band for engagement rings. All platinum jewellery if about 90 to 95 percent pure as set by the industry standard. It is usually alloyed with small amounts of other metals to increase durability.
Its shimmering silvery white brightness and strength makes it perfect for showing off diamonds and gemstones. Though platinum suits different colours of gemstones and diamonds, it looks best with blue gems like sapphires.
Silver is very malleable and ductile, making it very easy to work with. It is usually alloyed with other metals to increase its toughness and durability. Pure silver is extremely delicate and soft, making it unsuitable for jewellery. Sterling silver with 92.5% pure silver is used more in jewellery making. Its colour can range from white to grayish white and can have a matte or shiny finish.
Silver is the most affordable compared to the other two precious metals. It is a popular choice for stylish jewellery and for those going for a more fashion-statement look. With its natural white brightness it goes well with any gemstones and diamond as well.
In choosing the perfect precious metal for your custom made jewellery, you must also consider the personality and lifestyle of the one who will be wearing it. Platinum will be a wiser choice for the more active and outgoing type. Silver tarnishes and can require extra care compared to the other two metals. If the person is more into style and fashion, silver or white gold can be a perfect choice. For those with allergies to metal, platinum is hypoallergenic and the perfect choice for you.
Alternatives for precious metals include– titanium, cobalt, tungsten and stainless steel.
Titanium is a popular alternative for men’s wedding bands because it is lightweight. The metal is available in different colours — black grey or silver. Titanium is also one of the strongest and most scratch-resistant metals.
Cobalt is a naturally white alloy and a common contemporary metal for fine jewellery. It is highly durable and scratch-resistant. The natural bright white colour of cobalt gives it a platinum like appearance.
Tungsten is exceptionally strong, scratch-resistant and does not easily tarnish. It is available in three colours — the classic gray, lustrous white and stylish black. It is a common alternative for men’s wedding rings.
Stainless steel is becoming popular for its strength, durability and affordability. The metal gives off a modern, sturdy and stylish appeal. Stainless steel is harder than silver and more lightweight. It can be polished to have a shiny or matte finish.
Give your jewellery a personal touch by going bespoke. Choose or create your own design and select the perfect precious metal and diamonds or gemstones combination.
Monty Adams Jewellery Concierge are industry professionals with expertise in bespoke engagement rings, wedding bands and fine jewellery. We offer a wide variety of coloured gemstones, diamonds and precious metals for your jewellery needs. Book a private appointment with us. Tell us your ideas, visions and expectations for your bespoke jewellery.