In a prong setting, metal prongs are used to hold up the diamond, securing it while allowing light to freely pass through. Most commonly, settings usually have either 4 prongs or 6 prongs, which can be rounded, pointed, v-shaped or flat. Prong settings are a great way to amplify the qualities of a beautiful diamond. The prongs allow a lot of light to pass through, elevating the fire and brilliance given off by the diamond.
Choosing the right number of prongs will call for some self-reflection. Four prongs mean that there is less metal on the diamond, creating better visibility for the center stone. However, they don’t hold the diamond as securely as six prongs, whereas six prongs offer better security for the diamond, giving it greater protection if it’s bumped into. However, the greater number of prongs can easily overshadow small diamonds of half a carat or less. If there is any drawback of the prong setting, it is durability. Prong settings hold the diamond quite high, which makes it easier to bump into things, or get caught on material. If the ring’s wearer has an active lifestyle, or has a career that involves putting on and taking off gloves regularly, and you feel this may be a concern, consider lower-set prongs or an alternative setting.
Prong settings can also loosen over time, causing the diamond to be less secure, so it’s important to have prong set rings inspected and maintained regularly.
Let’s start by understanding what we mean when we speak about “Pure Gold”. Pure Gold is 100% gold, unmixed with any other element. Pure Gold is also commonly referred to as 24 karat gold (or 24K gold). Pure Gold is beautiful and rare. It is also relatively soft. In order to make jewelry that is hard and durable it must be mixed with other metals such as silver and copper. Higher karat means greater percentage of gold. The “Karat” is the unit that is used to measure how much gold is in a piece of jewelry relative to the other metals that are present. A higher karat means more gold in your jewelry. You can see from the image below that 18K Gold contains 75% gold, while 9K gold contains half that amount. The karat of gold primarily used in the North America is 14K and 18K, but in other places around the world you’ll find different. Typically in Asian countries you will find primarily 22K, whereas European countries tend to us 18K, although England and Germany have been known to utilize 9K gold.
- To make “white gold” jewelry, pure gold is mixed with white metals such as silver and palladium. The karat of white gold follows the same pattern as yellow gold, with 18K white gold containing 75% gold, 14K white gold containing 58%, and 10K contains 42%.
- The key to White Gold is Rhodium-plating. Remember, pure gold is a deep yellow color, and even when it is mixed with white metals it’s natural color has a yellow hue and needs an extra kick to make it a bright white color. To give white gold a real shine, the jewelry is coated with a very white precious metal called Rhodium.
- Caring for your White Gold jewelry. It is important to note that Rhodium-plating will wear off over time, allowing the true color of the white gold to be seen. How long will this process take? That depends on how often you wear the jewelry, and how hard you wear it! The good news is that Rhodium-plating can be done easily, and it is relatively inexpensive. To keep your white gold jewelry shining bright, we recommend that you have your piece Rodium-plated periodically.
What is Rose Gold?
Rose gold is very similar to yellow gold, with the exception that a greater proportion of copper is used in the alloy to bring out a red or “rosy” color. Again, 18K rose gold contains 75% gold, 14K contains 58%, and 10K contains 42%.
Platinum – How to determine quality.
The purity of platinum is not expressed in Karats, but in parts of thousands. Pure platinum is 1000 of 1000 parts pure, whereas the most common alloy used in India is 950/1000 parts pure. Expressed in percentage, this equals a purity of 95%..