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The platinum jewelry at mulloysjewelry.com is made of fine quality jewelry grade platinum. Accentuating the brilliance and sparkle of diamonds, platinum is one of our most popular metals of choice for settings. It’s cool, silver luster is a big draw for consumers.
The majority of our platinum jewelry is 95 percent pure platinum combined with 5 percent iridium, palladium, ruthenium or other alloys. For guaranteed quality in platinum, look for the marks 950 Plat, Plat, PT, or Platinum.
One of the most appealing characteristics of platinum is its durability. If platinum is scratched, it will not lose any metal and it will not wear away over time. Platinum rings are crafted with platinum prongs for setting loose diamonds, so they will last over time.
When selecting a setting for a diamond, mulloysjewelry.com recommends using a platinum head. Platinum’s color will accentuate the brilliance and sparkle of a diamond, and its strength will hold the gem firmly.
While it is the strongest of jewelry metals, it can scratch and develop a patina of wear. Many people prefer this look, unique to platinum. But if you like the shine, a jeweler can polish your jewelry to bring back the original reflective finish.
Soaking platinum in a mild solution of soap and warm water and gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush is usually all that is required to maintain the metal’s luster. Buffing platinum jewelry with a soft cloth can give your jewelry renewed luster.
Gold has an extraordinary heritage with unique qualities. As an enduring element found naturally in a distinct yellow color, gold is resistant to rust, tarnish, and corrosion. Although gold is very strong, it’s also the most malleable of all precious metals..
Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel, and zinc to give it strength and durability. Karatage, denoted by a number followed by “k” indicates purity, or how much of the metal in a piece of jewelry is gold. Karatage is expressed in 24ths, making 24k gold, 100% gold.
Mulloysjewelry.com carries jewelry using both 18k and 14k gold. 18k gold is composed of 75% gold, which is alloyed with other metals to make it strong enough for everyday wear. 14k gold is composed of 58.3% gold and 41.7% of other metals.
The color of gold is determined by the following factors: The type of metal alloys included and the percentage of each metal alloy.
Natural gold and color-saturated alloys are what give yellow gold jewelry its rich shine. The alloys most commonly used, are copper with a red hue, and silver featuring a green hue. An expert mixture of copper, silver and pure gold gives this precious metal its signature warmth.
A silvery white character is what makes white gold jewelry so appealing. In order to make the gold white, it is combined with metal alloys that are white in nature and plated with an extremely hard element called rhodium. Although strong, rhodium may wear away over time. Replating is a simple process that can be done to restore whiteness to your jewelry.
The pink hue of rose gold jewelry is created by using a copper alloy. Again, the overall percentages of metal alloys is the same for rose gold as it is for yellow or white gold, there is just a different mixture in what alloys are used to create the different colors.
Roberto Coin makes many beautiful pieces in Rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold. Mulloysjewelry.com carries their entire line.
Gold, was one of the first known metals. The gold standard defines the world’s currency system, whereby money represents a value in gold.
24 karat = 100% gold
22 karat = 91.7% gold
18 karat = 75.0% gold
14 karat = 58.3% gold
10 karat = 41.7% gold
Many fine jewelry pieces are crafted with vermeil. The standard definition of vermeil is sterling silver that is plated with gold, with a minimum of 2.5 microns in thickness for longwearing durability.
Rebecca, one of our Italian jewelry designers, creates beautiful vermeil jewelry in yellow, white and rose gold colors.
Gold jewelry prices are dependent upon the purity of the gold used or karat weight, the market value of gold, and the level of craftsmanship and design of each jewelry piece.
Gold is a natural element, it is affected by harsh chemicals such as chlorine or other cleaning products. You should remove your jewelry when using chemicals to reduce daily abrasions and prolong the luster. To clean gold jewelry, use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft-bristled brush. When not worn, store your gold pieces in soft cloth bags or the original box to protect them from the elements and scratching.
Sterling silver is the standard for beautiful high-quality silver jewelry. It’s over 90% pure silver, mixed with alloys to add strength and durability. And it won’t wear down, as silver plating can. Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.
The quality marks for sterling silver include:
- sterling silver
Mulloysjewelry.com carries pure sterling silver jewelry in the Ipolita, Elle, John Hardy, Honora, Konstentino, Scott Kay Silver collections and many more.
The small amount of copper added to sterling has very little effect on the metal’s value. Instead, the price of the silver item is affected by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, and the intricacy of the design.
With proper care, your fine quality silver will last forever. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver.
Silver can tarnish, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the ambient air. To clean your silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find fine silver polishes, solutions, or cloths appropriate to remove tarnish, it is most easily removed when it first becomes visible.
Palladium is one of the rarest metals in the world, is a member of the Platinum Group Metals. Palladium, which is listed on the Periodic Table of elements, is lighter in weight than its sister metal, Platinum.
A naturally white metal, Palladium is hypoallergenic, will not tarnish and remains white forever. Palladium is 95% pure when used in jewelry, is extremely durable and does not require alloy metals and/or plating for protection, which ensures that it will remain white as long as you own your jewelry.
Using a mild solution of soap and warm water and gently scrubbing your jewelry with a soft-bristled brush is usually all that is required to maintain Palladium’s natural beauty and luster..
Cobalt is a chemical element with symbol Co and atomic number 27. It is found naturally only in chemically combined form. The free element, produced by reductive smelting, is a hard, lustrous, silver-gray metal. Cobalt is used in jewelry because of its Cobalt jewelry and cobalt rings are made primarily of cobalt, but more accurately they can be called Cobalt Chrome rings and Cobalt Chrome Jewelry. Made of a highly durable cobalt alloy that has been used in medical implants and the dental industry for years, cobalt jewelry employs the same cobalt chrome alloy from these industries for its extreme strength and high resistance to scratching. Cobalt jewelry is also quite malleable in the right craftsman’s hands, and as a result can be worked into a vast array of unique styles.
Mulloysjewelry.com carries Scott Kay Cobalt jewelry and wedding bands.
Unique in appeal and strong by design, tungsten carbide is a forged metal with qualities that will last a lifetime. Tungsten carbide jewelry is created from an alloy of 80% elemental Tungsten and 20% Carbon alloyed with other metals.
Tungsten is exceptionally strong, hypoallergenic, highly scratch-resistant, and tarnish-resistant with a substantial feel in weight. It is ideally suited for someone with an active lifestyle.
It is recommended that you remove your jewelry when using chemicals to reduce daily abrasions and prolong the polish. To clean tungsten carbide jewelry, use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft cloth. Mulloysjewelry.com carries tungsten rings by Benchmark.