Metals

A bit of information about the metals I use in my work.

  • 18K Yellow gold: 75% gold with a mix of silver and copper making up most of the balance. The rich warm color of high karat yellow gold stands out in mokume laminates.
  • 14K Red gold: is 58.5% gold with copper being the dominant remaining material along with a small amount of silver.
  • 14K Palladium white gold: An alloy of 58.5% gold in a mix with palladium, silver and a tiny amount of copper. It is a grey alloy with a just the tiniest hint of yellow in it. It provides a strong contrast with all the other gold alloys and sterling.
  • Palladium 500: An alloy of 50% palladium and silver with a small amount of copper. This beautiful grey metal is a strong, durable alloy that contrasts beautifully with sterling silver.
  • Palladium 950: An alloy containing 95% palladium the remaining elements are proprietary to the alloy manufacturer. This beautiful grey metal is  extremely close to Palladium 500 in color and like Palladium 500 it is a strong and durable alloy that contrasts beautifully with sterling silver along with a high purity factor.
  • Platinum: The alloy we use consists of 95% platinum  and 5% palladium. This is a pale grey metal and has the lowest contrast with the other metals.
  • Sterling Silver: An alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. It is the whitest of all metals reflecting the most light of any metal. Sterling is also the metal that is etched to provide some texture to the rings.

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