Jewelry Designers: Pros and Cons of Precious Metals

Precious Metals Pros and Cons

Metal Jewelry

At Jewelry by Johan, we provide a variety of metals for you to include in your custom engagement ring or wedding band. Below is a list of the metals we have to offer along with the pros and cons of all of our precious metals. They are listed in order from least expensive to the most.

1) Titanium

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Titanium

Pros:  Inexpensive, lightweight, hypoallergenic and resistant to corrosion.
Cons: Susceptible to scratches and cannot be resized.

2) Stainless Steel

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Stainless Steel

Pros: Resistant to corrosion as well as staining.
Cons: Not a precious metal and cannot be sized.

3) Black Ceramic

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Black Ceramic

Pros: Hypoallergenic and low price point. Maintains its shine and looks great after years of wear.
Cons: Not a precious metal and cannot be sized. Ceramic can chip, shatter and oxidize.

4) Tungsten

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Tungsten

Pros: Hypoallergenic and resistant to scratch.
Cons: Only come with a polished finish. Not a precious metal and cannot be sized.

5) Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Pros: Lower price point than most precious metals
Cons: Susceptible to scratches.

6) Palladium

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Palladium

Pros: Lighter than platinum, hypoallergenic and still naturally strong. Its luster enhances gems and maintains its white color.
Cons: Susceptible to scratches, sensitive to acids and won’t take a high polish well.

7) White Gold

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White Gold

Pros: Less expensive than platinum with almost all of the shine.
Cons: Can have allergenic properties. Rhodium plating can wear off eventually.

8) Yellow Gold

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Yellow Gold

Pros: Alloys that are used make gold more durable for everyday use and has a brilliant luster.
Cons: Nickel alloy can have allergenic properties and 24K is too soft for most jewelry.

9) Platinum

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Platinum

Pros: Hypoallergenic and has an amazing shine that it will retain forever.
Cons: Susceptible to scratches. Most expensive of the metals.

To recap, there are a few important specifics that you need to consider when you choose the metal for your ring. Either from experience or trying out different jewelry, you should know whether or not you are affected by the allergenic properties of nickel alloys. Keep in mind that these qualities can drastically change the overall price of your ring. Also, remember that these metals aren’t all industrial-grade. Some of them can scratch, chip or even shatter. So if you’re in construction, contemplate changing that silver band to titanium.

Mohs Hardness Scale:

HardnessGemstone/MineralMetal
10Diamond
9.5
9Corundum (Ruby, Sapphire)Tungsten/Carbide
8.5ChrysoberylCeramic
8Beryl, Spinel, Topaz, CZCobalt/Chrome
7.5Tourmaline, Zircon
7Quartz (Amethyst)
6.75Carbon Steel
6.5Iridium, Ruthium
6Feldspar, TanzaniteTitanium
5.5
5ApatiteZirconium, Rhodiumm, Stainless, Palladium
4.5
4FlouritePlatinum
3.5ShellBrass
3Calcite, PearlSilver
2.75Copper
2.5Amber, IvoryGold
2Gypsum, Alabaster
1.5
1Graphite, Talc