The world of jewellery is a wonderful place for many reasons. One of those reasons is down to the unique designs that you would come across with vintage jewellery. The other positive is that there is a massive price range due to them either being fashion or fine jewellery.
Fashion jewellery, also known as costume jewellery, is your more affordable piece of jewellery. Fine jewellery is going to be your more expensive type of jewellery and sometimes it can consist of gemstones. Jewellery also uses a lot of different materials for its unique designs.
One of the most common materials that are used for jewellery and also will be the cheapest material on this list. Silver is a great and stunning material although it can be easily scratched and damaged. The main use for silver is usually jewellery although it is also used for currency as well.
Silver is generally used for necklaces, bracelets, cuff links and rings. Simply because it is affordable and it looks good with whatever you are wearing. Due to the weakness of pure silver, it will often be mixed with copper to make the jewellery stronger. Silver is rated 2.5 to 3 on the Mohs scale so that is why it is alloyed with other materials. That is why a jewellery piece of silver will typically consist of 92.5% and 7.5% copper although this may vary depending on the jewellery store.
Gold is another common material for jewellery and it is much stronger than silver. Furthermore, there are different purities of gold so always make sure what purity you have at a jewellery store.
Gold was the common material to be worn during ancient Egypt times and other ages. That is why it is a common material for antique engagement rings. There are many versions of gold jewellery such as white gold, rose gold, yellow and green. To get the different colours, they will often be mixed with other materials such as copper for rose gold. Platinum will be mixed with yellow gold to make white gold jewellery.
Platinum jewellery is one of the strongest metals out there with jewellery and that is why it is so common. People will often wear platinum rings or other forms of jewellery instead of silver because of its durability. However, it doesn’t have the same shiny effect as silver so it might not be as visually appealing to some people. If you work in a physically demanding job where it is easy to get your jewellery damaged, we would advise you to wear platinum jewellery. Finally, it is corrosion-resistant as well as high heat resistance.
There are many other materials to wear with jewellery. These are just some of the most common that are worn. If you are willing to spend a lot of money, we would suggest you look at materials that are made out of those above. They are common materials for fine jewellery and are something that you would often come across with vintage diamond ruby rings and other vintage jewellery.