When it comes to jewelry, your choice of precious metal makes a statement all on its own, and you know you’ve got a lot to say. So mix it up and have some fun with all the options available now.
Gold – Always a Winning Look
There aren’t any rules when it comes to wearing gold. Yellow gold has been around since almost the beginning of time, and is still a gorgeous way to set off a sparkling diamond. Its warm tones contrast beautifully against any gemstone. White gold is an elegantly cool way to let your diamonds take center stage. Looking for something that’s both contemporary and feminine? Check out rose gold.
Karat vs. Carat
We’ve all heard of the four C’s for evaluating diamonds. Carat is the weight of a diamond, gemstone or pearl. Karat describes gold, specifically the mix of gold and alloy metals. Pure gold is too soft for jewelry, so alloy metals are added for strength and durability. A 14K gold piece has a higher proportion of gold than a 10K piece.
The alloy gives gold its distinctive color. White gold contains a white alloy like nickel, while copper gives rose gold its beautiful hue.
Of Sterling Character
Just like gold, pure silver is too soft for jewelry. Sterling silver is a term used in the United States to describe jewelry that is at least 92.5 percent pure silver. The rest is typically copper. How to know if it’s really sterling? Take a peek. A sterling silver piece will be stamped with 925, 92.5, SS, sterling or ster.
Platinaire® Love Makes the World Go Round
A popular choice for engagement rings, Platinaire jewelry is an affordable alternative to 14K white gold. It’s a tarnish-resistant blend of sterling silver and platinum, made from 97.5% recycled material. That’s something the whole world can love.
Your guy might wear only one piece of jewelry, but chances are it’s a wedding band or watch. Modern, macho metals are made with him in mind. Second in hardness only to diamonds, tungsten carbide is 10 times harder than 18K gold, and JCPenney’s tungsten carbide bands are cobalt-free. Titanium isn’t just for golf clubs or NASA spacecraft. It’s lightweight, strong as steel and hypoallergenic. And stainless steel is a great choice for a classic, tarnish-resistant band.
Detergent-free soap and water are all you typically need to clean gold, Platinaire, tungsten carbide, titanium and stainless steel jewelry. Use silver polish or a jeweler’s cloth for sterling silver. If your jewelry contains gemstones or pearls, make sure you use the cleaning method recommended for your specific stones, as some stones such as opals, pearls and treated gemstones may require special care.
Shine On, Superstar
From casual fun to fancy formals, jewelry pops your style and lets you shine in any situation. Now that you’ve polished your precious metal skills, get out there and show us how you rock your look!