At Brilliance, we use the highest quality precious metals, which have been mined from the earth and carefully forged into premium rings, necklaces, pendants, and earrings by expert jewelry artisans. Although gold, platinum, and silver are the most commonly used varieties, other metals like Palladium and Tungsten have become increasingly popular.
The most popular metal for fine jewelry, gold adds a timeless, classic beauty to engagement rings and other pieces. The most pliable natural metal, gold is too soft in its pure, bright yellow form to be used in making jewelry. Pure gold is typically combined with other metals to create a harder, more durable alloy and to tint its color to create white, rose, or yellow shades. Although it will never rust, gold jewelry needs to be cleaned periodically to remove surface dirt and restore its original gleam. At Brilliance, we sell only 18K and 14K gold jewelry and engagement rings, as these are the recommended gold purities for high quality jewelry.
Ideal for those whose skin is sensitive to jewelry, platinum is four times more durable and hard-wearing than gold. Its silvery-white surface is visually comparable to white gold, although it's noticeably heavier and has more of a matte finish. Platinum has become synonymous with elegance and luxury, with a higher price point that reflects its rarity and longevity. Consumers can expect to pay between two and four times as much for a platinum ring as 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.
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 to offset the chances of silver jewelry tarnishing or growing dull due to oxidization. At Brilliance, we offer only the finest sterling silver jewelry marked with a purity of 925, which indicates a ratio of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of other alloy metals. Any silver piece less than 92.5% silver content is not considered sterling.
Palladium boasts the same soft white patina as platinum, but is less dense and much less expensive. Naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to tarnishing, palladium is an attractive option for those who like the look of platinum.
Tungsten jewelry has emerged in the fine jewelry market as a popular choice 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 possesses a high, long-lasting gleam and resists scratching much better than other precious metals.
Similar in color to platinum, titanium is a silver-grey metal that boasts incredible strength without the density and weight. Ideal for those with allergies or skin sensitivities, titanium is 100% hypoallergenic. Although lightweight, titanium jewelry pieces are more resistant to bending and scratching when compared to other metals. The metal can be found in a wide array of designer colors and is commonly found in a black coloration.
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 and silvery-white color contributes to its appeal.
Precious metals can be finished in particular ways to produce specialized looks. The finish helps to accentuate the details and style of a piece of fine jewelry. Some of the most popular metal finishes include:
The most popular finish, achieving a highly reflective gleam.
Reduced shine, used to draw attention to diamonds and other gemstone accents; commonly used in contemporary jewelry pieces.
A textured look that creates a "brushstroke" effect.
A textured surface with wavy indentations