At Brilliance, we use the highest quality precious metals that are carefully forged into premium rings, necklaces, pendants, and earrings. Although gold, platinum, and silver are the most commonly used varieties, other metals like Palladium and Tungsten have become increasingly popular. Learn about the different metals our expert jewelry artisans use when crafting our unique collection of jewelry.
The most popular metal for fine jewelry, gold adds a timeless, classic beauty to engagement rings and other jewelry pieces. The most pliable natural metal, gold is too soft in its pure, bright yellow form to be used in jewelry making. Pure gold is typically combined with other metals to create a harder, more durable alloy and to alter its color to create white, rose, or yellow shades. Although it will never rust, gold jewelry requires periodic cleanings to remove surface dirt and restore the original gleam. At Brilliance, we only use 18K and 14K gold in our jewelry and engagement rings, offering our customers jewelry created using the most highly-recommended purities of gold.
Ideal for those with sensitive skin, platinum is hypoallergenic and is four times more durable than gold. Its silvery-white surface is visually comparable to white gold, although it is noticeably heavier and features more of a matte finish. Platinum is synonymous with elegance and luxury, with a higher price point reflecting its rarity and longevity. Consumers can expect to pay between two to four times more for a platinum ring than they would for its gold counterpart. At Brilliance, all of our platinum engagement rings are marked with a 950 purity (95% pure) designation, indicating the highest-grade platinum available.
Deemed a smarter, lighter alternative to platinum, palladium has gained immense popularity as the jewelry metal of choice by women and men alike. Palladium is a precious metal that possesses an uncanny resemblance to platinum, without the high price or heavy weight. Its natural color is white, so this metal does not require rhodium-plating. Other appealing characteristics of palladium are that it is hypoallergenic and resistant to tarnish caused by prolonged wear.
A soft metal with a white coloring and a gleaming finish, silver is a by-product of gold, copper, lead, and zinc refining. Originally thought of as more valuable than gold, silver is now considerably less expensive than other precious metals. Frequent polishing and proper storage can help offset the chances of silver jewelry tarnishing or growing dull due to oxidization. At Brilliance, we offer only the finest sterling silver jewelry imprinted with a purity of .925, which indicates a ratio of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of other alloy metals. Any silver piece containing less than 92.5% pure silver is not considered sterling.
Recently, cobalt has become increasingly popular as a material for wedding rings because of its durability, silvery-white shine, hypoallergenic properties and affordable price tag. Perfect for an active lifestyle, cobalt is typically used in men’s wedding bands and rings. Cobalt contains a specific mix of alloys for a beautiful, yet durable, shine.
Tungsten jewelry is a popular metal choice in fine jewelry due to its durability and longevity. Tungsten is combined with carbon and other elements to form an alloy that is 10 times harder than gold. When professionally polished, tungsten has a high, long-lasting gleam and is more scratch-resistant than other precious metals.
Similar in color to platinum, titanium is a silver-grey metal that boasts incredible strength without added density and weight. Ideal for those with allergies or skin sensitivities, titanium is 100% hypoallergenic. Although lightweight, titanium jewelry is more resistant to bending and scratching when compared to pieces made from other metals.
Although not a traditional choice for fine jewelry, stainless steel is being used more frequently for men's rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Its solid durability, hypoallergenic properties, and silvery-white color contributes to its appeal. Perfect for those on a budget, stainless steel is considerably less expensive than other metals.
Precious metals can be finished in particular ways to produce specialized looks. The finish helps accentuate details and the style of a piece of fine jewelry. Some of the most popular metal finishes include:
Achieving a highly reflective gleam, this finish is the most popular and is perfect for fine jewelry and classy engagement rings.
Commonly used in contemporary jewelry pieces, this reduced-shine finish is best for drawing attention to diamonds and other gemstones.
A textured look that creates a "brushstroke" effect, this finish retains some of the metals original shine while adding a unique texture.
Popular in men’s rings, the metal is hammered and then given a satin finish for a truly unique texture and style.