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At Fei Liu Fine Jewellery we love to work with different precious metals. This is because they each bring a lovely characteristic to the pieces we design. There are numerous types of metals used in the creation of jewellery, each with its own unique properties and characteristics. Here are some common metals used in jewellery making.

Gold

Gold is a highly sought-after metal for jewellery due to its durability and beauty. It is available in various colours, including yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. The purity of gold is measured in carats (ct), also referred to as karats (K) elsewhere around the world, with 24K being the purest form. It is worth noting that in the UK, we use carat for both the measure of gold purity and the weight of gemstones.

Hallmarks for gold jewellery:

  • 375 = 9ct
  • 585 = 14ct
  • 750 = 18ct

Silver

Silver is a lustrous metal that is widely used in jewellery making. It is less expensive compared to gold and comes in different grades of purity. Sterling silver, for example, is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals.

Hallmark for silver jewellery:

  • 925 = sterling silver

Platinum

Platinum is a dense and durable metal known for its strength and resistance to tarnish. It is often used for engagement rings and wedding bands due to its long-lasting nature and white colour.

Hallmark for platinum jewellery:

  • 950
  • 900

Palladium

Palladium is a precious metal that shares similar characteristics with platinum. It is hypoallergenic and has a silver-white appearance. Palladium is sometimes used as an alternative to white gold or platinum.

Titanium

Titanium is a lightweight and durable metal that has gained popularity in jewellery making. It is known for its high strength, resistance to corrosion, and hypoallergenic properties. Titanium jewellery often has a sleek and modern look.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a versatile and affordable metal commonly used in fashion jewellery. It is durable, corrosion-resistant, and comes in various finishes. Stainless steel jewellery is known for its strength and contemporary appearance.

Tungsten

Tungsten is a heavy, scratch-resistant metal that is popular for men’s wedding bands. It has a greyish-white colour and is highly durable. Tungsten jewellery often has a sleek and masculine aesthetic.

Peruse our jewellery and discover pieces in your favourite precious metals, here.