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Metal Guide

There are many elements regarded precious in connection to be treasured and pleasure to wear. Marrying these metals with other metals to form alloys make stunning jewelry. Our metal guide offers a neck to neck comparison of these shiny sturdy metals.

Character

Gold

Silver

Platinum

Symbol

Au

Ag

Pt

Physical Appearance

Bright yellow

Shining white

grey-white

Quality Marking

Carat

Karat (in USA)

.999 or Fine Silver

.925 or Sterling or SS

.958 Britannia Silver

.950 Mexican Silver

Plat or Pt

 

Purity Measure

24k (99.99% Gold)23k (99.75% Gold)22k (91.67% Gold)18k (75% Gold)14k (58.3% Gold)12k (50% Gold)10k (41.7% Gold)

Sterling silver (92.5% silver)

Fine Silver (99.9% silver)

Mexican Silver (95% silver)

Britannia Silver (95.8% silver)

Argentium Sterling Silver (93.5% silver)

Coin silver (90% silver)

Platinum 999 (99.9% platinum)

950Platinum (95% platinum)

900 Plat or 900 Pt (90% platinum)

850 Plat or 850 Pt (85% platinum)

Mixed/ alloys with..

With copper or silver

White gold is a mixture alloy of gold and other metals like silver, palladium or nickel and zinc

 

Rose gold is an alloy that includes copper

With copper, sulfur, arsenic, antimony, germanium or chlorine

With palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium

Corrosive/ Tarnish

Mildly corrosive

Tarnish able

resistant to corrosion

Interesting facts

This traditional favorite is the most sought after precious metal for making coinage, jewelry and many other arts.

 

About 50% of world produced gold is consumed in jewelry, 40% in investments, while only 10% finds industrial use.

Resilient and durable metal is the most reflective metal on the planet.

 

The term "Sterling Silver" originated in eastern Germany.

 

Silver is also used to coat medical devices because of its antibiotic and antibacterial property.

Rarest and most expensive of all the three.

 

South Africa is the largest producer of platinum, contributing 80% of total world produce.