Metals offer rings another dimension. They are there to cradle the precious gem and must look after it wherever it may go. Different metals provide different looks as well as different properties.
James works with silver, gold (yellow, white and rose) and platinum. The choice is yours, although James will be happy to discuss with you your requirements, giving advice and making suggestions to ensure you are satisfied that you are making the right choice.
Silver is a versatile metal and finds its niche in creating charming, smaller bespoke gifts, such as cufflinks and pendants. It is also great for developing prototypes of more expensive rings while deciding the final design. As silver is a relatively soft metal, it is unsuitable for some gem settings.
Gold is a luxurious metal that comes in different purities, indicating the content of gold within the metal; commonly 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold. Each purity is available in yellow, white and rose colours. 24ct gold, the highest purity, will easily lose shape due to softness, so most rings are created with 9-18ct gold, depending on budget.
Yellow Gold is an ideal choice when working with diamonds that have a slight tint of colour (diamonds graded 'colour G, H, I’).
White Gold gives a shiny, mirror-like finish. Its reflective qualities will enhance the brilliance of any diamond. It is an excellent alternative to the more expensive platinum but has a similar effect. To keep white gold looking its best, it's recommended to rhodium plate it every 12-18 months.
Rose Gold is a lovely, unusual alternative to the more traditional white and yellow. Its warm pinky colour means it perfectly compliments many different skin tones.
Platinum is an unparalleled option when looking for a metal that never loses its shine, keeps its shape and withstands wear and tear. Also, due to the metal’s density, minor scratches can be easily polished out by a jeweller. Platinum is also wholly hypoallergenic and inert, making it an excellent choice for allergy sufferers or people with sensitive skin.