Know your Metals

Precious metals have many markings. Normally, you will see the maker’s mark stamped inside a ring or bracelet or on the back of a piece of jewelry. You will also see the hallmark of the type of metal; this distinguishes the characteristic or trait specific to your piece.

  • Gold

    Gold comes in many different weights, with 24 karat being the highest. The higher the karat, the higher the gold content, the more yellow in color, and the heavier the weight.

    24 Karat – 24k, 24kt, pure gold, not mixed with any alloys.
    22 Karat – 22k, 22kt, a mix of 91.7% gold and 8.3% other alloys.
    18 Karat – 18k, 18kt, a mix of 75% gold and 24% other alloys.
    14 Karat – 14k, 14kt, a mix of 58.5% gold and 42.5% other alloys.
    10 Karat – 10k, 10kt, a mix of 41.7% gold and 58.3% other alloys.

  • Rose Gold

    10kt & 14kt. Rose Gold is mixed with copper to give it a pink hue.

  • White Gold

    White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually manganese, nickel, or palladium.

  • Sterling Silver

    Sterling Silver is a mix of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other alloys.

  • Palladium

    Palladium is a rare, taupe-gray metal that has a similar look to platinum, but is slightly more malleable.

  • Platinum

    Platinum is a grayish-white, heavy, and extremely durable metal. Because of its heaviness and durability, platinum is the recommended metal for filigree and detail work that requires strength.