METALS
COOKING UP THE RIGHT METAL FOR YOUR LOOK!


GOLD
PRECIOUS METAL

Gold is a bit like curry. There are many different blends out there, and which one you choose is largely a matter of taste.

Throughout history, man has used this metal for creating articles of value, including coins and jewelry. Gold is not only beautiful, but also tarnish and corrosion resistant.Gold in its natural state is a very soft material. However with a slight change of its composition, we can enjoy its warmth and versatility in the creation of jewelry. Like silver, gold is generally strengthened by the addition of copper.

Pure gold is a deep yellow. The lower the numeric percentage of gold in a mixture, the lighter the color of the resulting alloy. The unit of measurement for gold percentage is karats (abbreviated K or KT).

Which metal alloy is added to the gold also impacts the resulting color of the finished product. The addition of copper to gold yields a rose gold color. White gold is an alloy of pure gold and a white metal, like nickel, manganese or palladium. Plating of rhodium, which is part of the platinum family, can also be used to improve the look of white gold.

STAINLESS STEEL

The 925 stamp on the inside of a ring.

24K is 100 percent pure gold.

18K gold is 75 percent gold and 25 percent other metals.

14K gold is 58.3 percent gold and 41.7 percent other metals.

10K gold is 41.7 percent gold and 58.3 percent other metals.


STERLING SILVER
PRECIOUS METAL

Like pepper, silver is best served up fresh. If it sits too long without cleaning, it can develop a tarnish that can leave a bad taste in your mouth, figuratively speaking. But regular polishing will keep this metal clean and sparkling.

Sterling silver is considered a precious metal. The majority of sterling silver contains 92.5 percent pure silver combined with other metals, generally copper, for strengthening.

Most high quality sterling silver will have a stamp of .925 to show the percentage of silver contained. This stamp must be accompanied by a registered trademark under federal law.

SILVER

The 925 stamp on the inside of a ring.

Sterling silver may tarnish when it is exposed to air for extended periods. If you clean your silver jewelry on a regular basis, the piece will serve you for years to come.

Hand lotions, harsh cleaning products and other beauty products can damage your silver. Remove your jewelry until your task is completed and the product has dried.

Storing sterling silver in a humid location may also accelerate tarnishing.

Liquidation Channel uses electroplating on sterling silver to help protect the metal from tarnish and the owner from allergic reactions.

Tip: Sterling silver offers more accessible pricing compared to other metals for jewelry intended for everyday wear.


Let's mix it up!

So you see, like a great recipe, creating different metal looks requires just the right blend of ingredients. Can you imagine what a jeweler's cookbook must look like?

ROSE GOLD

Rose Gold Roux

1 cup 24K gold
1 Tbsp. copper
Melt and mix the ingredients well until the perfect golden-pink color is achieved. Form and cool mixture for a sparkling treat.

SILVER TONE

Coat base material of your choice with a five percent solution of liquid silver until gleaming and glittery. Serve up this hot look to your favorite fashionista.

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