Metal has an exceptionally important role to play in each piece of jewellery – it is there to cradle the gem(s) it holds and must look after them wherever they go. Different metals provide different looks as well as different properties.
At Veale Fine Jewellery we work predominantly with platinum and yellow, white and rose gold. The key difference between these are detailed below but we would be happy to discuss these with you; making sure you are satisfied that you are making the right choice.
Platinum is an unparalleled option when looking for a metal that never loses its shine, keeps its shape and withstands wear and tear. Due to the metal’s density, minor scratches can be easily polished out by a jeweller. Platinum is also wholly hypoallergenic and inert, making it an excellent choice for allergy sufferers or people with sensitive skin. Given its strength, it will keep gems extra secure so there’s no wonder why it’s the most popular metal used in making fine jewellery.
Gold is a luxurious metal that comes in different purities that indicate the increasing content of gold within the metal. 24ct gold, the highest purity, will easily lose shape due to softness so most rings are created from either 9ct, 14ct or 18ct gold. Each purity is available in yellow, white and rose colours.
Yellow Gold is an ideal choice when working with diamonds that have a slight tint of colour (diamonds graded ‘colour G, H, I’).
White Gold gives a shiny, mirror-like finish. Its reflective qualities will enhance the brilliance of any diamond. It’s an excellent alternative to the more expensive platinum as it provides a similar effect. To keep white gold looking its best, it’s recommended to rhodium plate it every 12-18 months.
Rose Gold is a lovely, unusual alternative to the more traditional white and yellow; and makes for a very personal piece of jewellery. Its warm hue means it seamlessly complements many different skin tones.
All metals that we work with are ethically sourced. Read further here.