What are the different precious metals?

Gold

Wedding rings are traditionally made of gold; since it is long-lasting and unaffected by the passage of time, it is considered a suitable material for everyday wear as well as a metaphor for the relationship. The chemical element for Gold has the symbol Au from the Latin word Aurum which means “shining dawn”.

Traditional Yellow Gold

Gold is naturally yellow in colour. Pure gold has a bright yellow colour and attractive lustre but is too soft to be used in jewellery. For this reason pure gold, is usually alloyed with base metals to alter its hardness and ductility.

Modern White Gold

White gold was originally created as a more affordable alternative to platinum. The downside of white gold is that it will turn a slightly pale shade of yellow over time. It's almost like a slight yellow hue inside of the white. To fix this, white gold has to undergo "rhodium plating". This is a plating of another white precious metal that is applied to white gold to make it appear whiter. Depending on the amount of wear and how much you take care of your ring, you may need to re-rhodium plate a white gold ring approx. every 2-3 years if you wish for it to remain looking very white.

Rose Gold

Rose gold is a popular colour for antique or antique style jewellery. Rose gold is also known as pink gold or red gold.

Platinum

Platinum derived its name from Spanish term platina del Pinto, which is literally translated into "little silver of the Pinto River".
Platinum is becoming a popular metal for wedding and engagement rings as it has a beautiful white colour and does not tarnish.

Platinum's density and weight make it more durable than other jewellery metals. The pure white lustre of the metal reflects the true brilliance of diamonds and provides the best setting for precious jewels. Platinum's purity also makes it kind to the skin because, unlike some alloys in other metals, it does not cause allergic reactions. Platinum is 30 times rarer than gold and is found in very few places in the world, and this rarity pushes its price up. People who like the look of platinum but not the price often turn to white gold or palladium.

Palladium

Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal that was discovered in 1803. Palladium itself has been used as a precious metal in jewellery since 1939, as an alternative to platinum or white gold. This is due to its naturally white properties, giving it no need for rhodium plating. It is slightly whiter, much lighter and about 12% harder than platinum.

Why not silver?

Silver is not recommended for jewellery that is going to be worn extensively as it tarnishes quickly.