All That Glitters Ain’t Gold
Cool Contemporary ‘Heavy Metal’ Gems
Jewelry and precious metal manufacturers have been famous for a long time for their pieces wrought from precious metals. But when it comes to metal jewelry how do we know that we’re making the right choice? Most of us certainly don’t realize that depending on our lifestyle we would actually do better picking a different metal sometimes. All too often a too light or heavy piece can appear harsh, unwieldy and uncomfortable as well as alter your entire outfit.
→ All That Glitters Ain’t Gold
Despite its simple appearance gold is actually quite a complex metal as it’s available in a range of carats as well as colours. Believe it or not, pure gold is far too soft for jewelry making and when it’s used tends to warp and bend which risks precious stones falling out. Ask the jeweller which metals have been used to strengthen the mix if you are having issues with allergic reactions to various metals.
When buying gold jewelry look for anything between nine and eighteen carats, twenty-one is available, but it tends to be thinner than the others. Don’t feel like you need to stick to plain yellow either, rose, white, red, bronze, and even lime are all fantastic alternatives and will add more depth to a ring or necklace. Gold’s relatively easy to look after, unlike silver, it requires less polishing and rarely tarnishes. It’s a classic option and ideal for everyday wear as well as special occasions as it’s highly durable, but do be aware it’s colour can fade over time.
→ Steel ‘n Style
It may look a little like silver, but titanium is far harder and will give a harder, fashion-forward edge to your outfit. Steel also doesn’t tarnish and is also produced without nickel which can often give people an uncomfortable allergic reaction. As stainless steel is not as glittery than other metals, it’s seen as less desirable however a cropped studded jacket, skinny black jeans, and a silver cold shoulder top would look amazing with some heavy duty steel chains.
It’s also harder to mold than gold or silver and so tends to be more expensive as well as giving off an industrial vibe. Due to its metallic, heavy duty appearance, it’s often the preferred metal worn by men and is common in men’s bracelets, frost nyc chains, and even cufflinks.
That’s not to say that stainless steel items can’t be delicate as it’s possible to create stunning earrings, necklaces, and cuffs because this metal is so adaptable. If you live somewhere with bad weather for much of the year, go for stainless steel instead of gold or silver as it won’t rust easily and is better for repelling moisture.
→ Going Platinum
If you’re looking to purchase a real showstopper, then platinum is the only choice! It’s a beautiful, strong sparkling white metal that’ll definitely put both gold and silver in the shade although it is still somewhat heavy. Traditionally, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and opals have all been housed within the shimmering confines of platinum. It’s known in industry circles as the ‘bank breaker’ because the price of platinum, this highly desirable, very rare metal is so incredibly high.
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