Metal Guide

Kathryn King Jewellery can be made in your choice of Precious Metal

Look around this season, the world is rose tinted, no need for glasses! Celebrities are wearing it, the best of the jewellers across the world are using it and the catwalks are flaunting it. The latest trend in the jewellery world is Rose Gold.
It is made up of pure yellow gold alloyed with copper to give it the beautiful rich pink hue that is historically known as ‘Russian Gold’. 9ct rose gold has a beautiful strong pink hue due to the higher percentage of copper alloy, this making up 62.5% of the finished metal. 18ct rose gold is a darker colour with a stronger yellow tint due to the gold making up 75% of this alloy. 22ct rose gold has an even stronger yellow colour, however this is not a practical choice as the high gold content makes it an incredibly soft alloy not suitable for use in jewellery that will be worn every day.
Rose gold has made a full and fantastic comeback for many reasons. Today’s craze for a vintage look means that high end, influential designers are favouring the more elegant and skin complimenting tones of rose gold. Rose gold is a metal that compliments and accentuates the colours of many types of skin and gemstone. All of our designs are available in 9ct or 18ct Rose Gold.

Red Gold Leaf Studs

Palladium and Black Diamond Ring

Palladium and Black Diamond

Platinum and Diamond Ring


Raw Platinum

natural platinum nugget from Nischni-Tagil (Russia) isolated on white background

Despite being awarded a hallmark in 2009, and being used as a precious metal in jewellery for many years prior to that, Palladium is still a relatively unknown metal.
Choosing your preferred metal for use in a piece of jewellery is a very personal decision, there are several things to consider, including lifestyle, colour preference, and also cost.
Platinum is a rare precious metal renowned for its bright white colour, association with the rich and famous and high price tag. Often a prestige choice, platinum is also very hard wearing and is an excellent choice for any engagement or wedding ring. As a very dense metal platinum is also the heaviest, for some, this is reassuring as they know the ring is definitely on their finger because they can feel the noticeable weight difference without it, but for others who are perhaps not so used to wearing jewellery it can feel a bit heavy.
Palladium can offer an excellent alternative to Platinum. It is from the same family as Platinum and shares many of the same properties; it is very hard wearing and has the same bright white appearance, whilst being noticeable lighter because it is less dense It is also significantly less expensive. For wider rings and especially gentleman’s wedding rings it can be an excellent choice, a 6mm wide Platinum wedding ring would be very heavy, and for guys who are often not used to wearing any jewellery this can be quite off putting, a Palladium wedding ring however, would be much lighter and can have the effect of making your hand feel more free.
On the high street white gold is always rhodium plated to create a bright white finish similar to platinum and palladium, however this rhodium plating wears off and regularly has to be re-coated. It seems a shame to be covering a metal as precious as gold, with a metal less precious like rhodium. Palladium can offer an excellent alternative to rhodium plating as it has the same bright white colour, but unlike rhodium plating, palladium will not change colour through wear. Although slightly more expensive in the initial instance, once a white gold ring has been re-plated several times you soon catch up with what a palladium ring would have cost, and you don’t have the up-keep to worry about.
Palladium is actually a bi-product of platinum mining, and can therefore offer a more environmentally friendly option as it is not purposely mined on its own. Both platinum and palladium are tarnish resistant and they are both also used in industry for their excellent strength and chemical properties. Both make an excellent choice for a special piece of jewellery, and can be used to create an amazing array of designs. For some, nothing will beat the prestige, reputation and excellence of platinum, but for others it is interesting to know there are other options available.

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