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Precious Metals

Palladium

Palladium has a luxurious silver-white finish and is similar in both appearance and rarity to platinum. However, it is much less dense making it a more light-weight option for every-day wear. It is a hard-wearing metal which does not require plating and is resistant to corrosion.

Platinum

Platinum is the rarest, strongest and purest metal, making it considerably more valuable than even pure gold. It takes five months to refine platinum before it can be used in jewelry. Platinum is the only precious metal used in fine jewelry that can be 95% pure. This purity makes it the only truly hypoallergenic metal. It weighs 60% more than gold and has a high resistance to heat. It is very dense and extremely resistant to wear.

Gold

Although gold is not as rare as platinum, it is equally as desirable. Gold is much less expensive than platinum, but like platinum, it does not rust, tarnish or corrode. It takes three weeks to refine the metal to be used in jewelry. Gold is naturally yellow, but you can find it in white, rose and green. Different colors are achieved by adding alloys.

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      the difference between 14K and 18K Gold

The Difference between 14K and 18K Gold

In its purest form, gold is too soft to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. So, alloys are added to make gold more durable. The less alloy, the higher the cost. 14 Karat gold is fourteen parts gold and ten parts of another alloy (usually silver, zinc, or nickel), or 58% pure gold
18 Karat gold is eighteen parts gold and six parts of another alloy, or 75% pure gold.

Contemporary Metals

Illustration of contemporary metal Titanium

Titanium

Titanium is extremely durable, resistant to corrosion, hypo-allergenic, and has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any other crystalline metal. Our titanium jewelry is made of 99.9% surgical grade titanium for superior quality. This lightweight, metal has a classically-attractive silvery-gray or black color making it an excellent choice for every-day wear.

Illustration of contemporary metal Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an alloy composed of steel and chromium making it hypo-allergenic and incredibly resistant to scratching and corrosion. While stainless steel is available in an array of grades, all of our jewelry is composed from surgical-grade steel, the highest grade given. Stainless steel rings are an eco-friendly option since the metal production uses less waste and energy than other materials and is 100% recyclable.

Illustration of contemporary metal Cobalt

Cobalt

Cobalt is an alloy made from bio-friendly materials. This durable, yet light-weight alloy looks similar in color to white gold and maintains it’s appearance without needing to be re-plated. Unlike some other contemporary metals, it’s more malleable and is able to be sized down to a ¼ size making it a great option for those looking for a more customized fit.

Illustration of contemporary metal Ceramic

Ceramic

Ceramic Couture jewelry comes with several color options and is constructed of hi-tech aerospace material. This permanently polished jewelry is light-weight, colorfast, heat resistant, and will never tarnish.

Illustration of contemporary metal PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition)

PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition)

The PVD process is used to deposit thin layers of color at extremely high temperatures in a vacuum environment. This process will permanently change the color of the metal which it is applied to. This process when used in conjunction with certain metals, such as tungsten is also known to enhance the metal’s original properties making it more resistant to typical wear such as scratching and warping.

Illustration of contemporary metal Contemporary Metal Exchanges

Contemporary Metal Exchanges

Contemporary Metals, including Ceramic, Cobalt and Steel are not able to be resized. Engage offers a complimentary exchange for size within the first 30 days after purchase. Within these first 30 days, we will work with you to ensure that you have the correct size should you need to replace your ring.