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What are the Differences Between Jewelry Metal Types?

Mia Belluche

With so many different types of metal used for jewelry, I have compiled a
concise list of details about each type! My goal is to help you
understand the quality of products you are purchasing,
from Indi Ocean or any other jewelers. 

What Are The Differences Between Jewelry Metal Types? Indi Ocean Designs Blog Post

Gold Vermeil— Sterling silver which has been gold plated. 

Gold-Filled— Gold is heat bonded to a base metal such as nickel or brass. Commonly the amount of gold used must make up 5% of the total weight. Gold-filled is the simply the best bang-for-your buck option. It is much longer lasting than gold plated and significantly cheaper than solid gold. The most popular metal used here at Indi Ocean

Gold Plated— A base metal that is electroplated with gold. Typically quite thin, this layer will rub off easily if it makes constant contact with your skin. 

Pure gold is too soft for use in jewelry so it is commonly mixed with alloy metals such as copper and zinc. 
14k Yellow Gold— 58.3% pure gold
18k Yellow Gold— 75% pure gold

White Gold— A combination of pure gold and  white metals such as zinc, nickel, platinum and silver.

Rose Gold— An alloy that combines gold with copper to create a golden metal with a reddish hue. The ratio of gold to copper is typically 3:1

Sterling Silver— A mixture of 92.5% pure silver (hence the .925 stamp) and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper.

Fine Silver— Typically not used in jewelry because it bends easily, fine silver has a purity level of 99.9% silver. 

Argentium Silver— A modern sterling silver alloy that contains 93.5% silver and removing some of the copper and replacing it with germanium. This new metal is more tarnish resistant that sterling silver which is a significant plus, We like to use Argentium Silver instead of Sterling Silver here at Indi Ocean