METALS Platinum White Gold and Yellow Gold
for Diamond Wedding Bands and Side Stone Settings
The jewelers at the Woodbridge Jewelry Exchange have handicraft some of the purest and finest quality platinum ore available. Platinum is the leading metal used in building jewelry pieces today. Platinum by far is rarer than gold and is said to be approximately 30 times harder to acquire. Platinum's natural color is white, which can be polished to a high shine. Platinum metal is roughly 95% pure and weighs almost twice that of white or yellow gold. The famous trait about platinum is its durability over white and yellow gold. Most gold jewelry is crafted utilizing two standard grades, 14 Karat (KT) and 18 Karat (KT).
But at some jewelers at the Woodbridge Jewelry Exchange display the rarer 24 Karat KT. Jewelry pieces are usually designed in white or yellow gold and many combinations thereof by using both metals. Gold is said to be the most malleable. Which means pure gold is the easiest to fashion and craft but also scratches very easily. Gold is sustainable to wear and tear over time.
Karat is the term used for measuring the gold purity. Be careful not to confuse "Karat" (KT) used to measure gold purity with the term "Carat” which is used to measure a gemstone's weight. One karat is equivalent to 1/24th the total purity of gold itself. Gold is defined in four different classes:
24 karat = 100% gold
18 karat = 75.0% gold - 18 parts gold, 6 parts other metals -
14 karat = 58.3% gold - 14 parts gold, 10 parts other metals -
10 karat = 41.7% gold - 10 parts gold, 14 parts other metals
Gold not only comes in white and yellow but also a variety of other colors are available, such as brown, green, rose (pink) and purple. These colors are achieved by mixing gold with other alloys such as copper, zinc and silver.
One of the most common settings being utilized for diamond engagement wedding bands. It is made of three or more thin gold or platinum metal bars which hold the diamonds securely in the mounting allowing light to enter the diamonds for maximum brilliance.
In the channel setting method, diamonds and or other gems are placed into a metal channel. Quite similar to a groove through which you can slide in a row of diamonds. A continuous flow is created because no metal is used to separate them.
Bar settings are a variation of the channel set which is identified as the bar channel. The metal plates rise to top level of the stone, and are visible between the stones.
A Pave' setting is hand crafted when the surface of ring or piece of jewelry is covered with minute diamonds. Tiny diamonds inserted in small holes that have been drilled out of the ring shank. A perfect relationship.
The grooves in each stone's girdle slip into a metal framework below the surface, the metal framework itself cannot be seen, so stones sit side-by-side, creating a solid surface of gems that seem to be sort of suspended in mid air.
A bezel is an encasing of precious metal that wraps around the diamond. Diamonds and other gems are held in a bezel setting by a metal rim that encircles the sides of the stone and extends slightly above it.
This is a grouping of smaller stones to give the illusion of one larger stone or to create an abstract style.
The same beading technique may be used on a ring in which the diamonds are spaced slightly apart. In this instance the gold work is much more of a statement and a design element.