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Precious Metals Used in High-End Jewelry

What are Precious Metals?Precious metals have been used for jewelry-making and trading dating back to 6000 B.C. The shiny surfaces naturally catch the human eye, starting with our primitive and continuing today.

But shininess isn’t the only factor that determines what metal is used in high-end jewelry; other important aspects include hypoallergenic, life span, strength, intrinsic value, and rarity. These details can make one type of metal better than another for certain pieces or certain situations.

Jewelry Guide Glossary for Deducing Excellence

Hypoallergenic: This word describes a metal that causes less allergic reactions. Some people are allergic to gold and get an itchy rash from wearing gold jewelry, so they buy hypoallergenic metals like platinum, palladium, titanium, & tungsten.

Life span: Certain precious metals last longer than others, although each is durable. Purity of the metal can affect life span. In general, platinum has the longest life span and tungsten the shortest.

Strength: Surface strength is a measure of resistance to scratching from every day wear. Tungsten is strongest and other metals follow behind, although none is particularly weak.

Rarity: Platinum is the most rare of the precious metals, followed by palladium and gold, and then by titanium and tungsten.

Intrinsic value: The rarity of a metal is related to how much it is worth, although platinum, palladium, and gold carry far more intrinsic value than titanium and tungsten.

Luster: A measure of light reflection.

Color: alloys are often used to tint the shade of color in precious metals.

Heft: The weight/heaviness of a metal.

Gold

Gold

Platinum

Platinum

Silver

Silver

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