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Overview of the types of jewellery

There are so many different types of jewellery and metals from which they are made that if you wanted to own a sample of all of them you would need a very large armoire. There is jewellery for men, women and children as well as types that anyone can wear. Special occasions call for jewellery as gifts, such as engagement and wedding rings, Motherís rings and Daughterís pride rings. Then you have a wide choice of metals to choose from for each item of jewellery that you decide to buy and wear.

Whether you are buying earrings, a bracelet, a ring, a pendant or a brooch, it is important to make the right choice in metal. You also have to consider the gemstones that can be included in the various pieces as well. Every choice you make affects the look of the jewellery as well as the price.

Gold Jewellery
It is hard to go wrong with gold jewellery, but there are choices to be made here. You can have yellow gold or white gold and the various carats will determine the strength of the gold as well as the cost. Carat refers to the actual gold content that the piece contains and the usual measurements are 9 ct, 14 ct, 18 ct and 24 ct.

It is important to know what the carat measurement means when you are buying gold jewellery. 9 ct gold jewellery, for example, means that it contains about 37.5 % pure gold. 24 ct jewellery is 100% pure gold. However, rings are generally not made in 24 ct because at this weight it is too soft to be lasting and will not stand up to the rigors of everyday wear.

White gold is an alloy, which means that silver and platinum are used in combination with pure gold in the manufacturing process. This jewellery can be coated with Rhodium to make it look very similar to platinum.

Platinum Jewellery
Platinum is a much heavier metal than gold and this means that any jewellery made from it is more expensive than gold. It is usually reserved for wedding rings for both men and women. It is generally not seen in everyday jewellery, such as earrings, bracelets and pendants.

Titanium Jewellery
If you are looking for a metal for jewellery that will last then you should choose titanium. This is the hardest metal in the world and is dent and scratch resistant. It is popular in all types of jewellery, but because of the denseness of the metal, you will not be able to have a ring resized if you purchase the wrong size.

Diamond Jewellery
Diamond jewellery does not mean that the full piece is made of diamonds. It refers to the gemstones that are included. Diamonds are the most commonly used stones for engagement rings and for 60th wedding anniversary gifts. It is the hardest stone and can scratch glass.

Silver Jewellery
Along with gold, silver is the most common metal used in making jewellery. It is much cheaper than gold and looks somewhat like white gold. It is the cheapest jewellery on the market and there are many exquisite pieces that have been fashioned from this metal.

Other types of jewellery include tungsten, stainless steel and rhodium. There are numerous gemstones that you can have set in the pieces you select, such as opals, emeralds and pearls to name a few.

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