An Introduction To Precious Metals

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There are 8 metals considered precious metals, silver, gold, and six platinum metals (platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium).

Silver offers the best value of all, and is very popular and affordable for kids jewellery.

Sterling silver is the standard for items of silver jewellery. The grades vary according to the country where it is made.

  • British & American – 925
  • European – 935
  • French – 800
  • Russian – 88-84

An Introduction To Precious Metals

Gold is a beautiful precious metal, and was one of the earliest to be mined as it occurs in it’s natural form, 100% pure and yellow in colour. Other colours of gold are available, white gold, pink gold, blue gold, these are as a result of metals being mixed with pure gold.

Gold is graded by carats or karats. Pure gold can be moulded into any shape, and won’t rust, corrode or tarnish.

Jewellery can be gold plated (coated with a layer of gold). Or gold filled, which means the gold is mechanically bonded on to the base metal, making it harder wearing than gold plate.

Platinum is the finest of precious metal. It is rarer and more valuable than gold. A rich silver white colour, and is often used to set valuable gems, to produce fine jewellery. It holds gemstones securely and enhances the brilliance of diamonds and precious stones.