Nature Jewelry – The Metals

Nature provides many raw materials in order to craft jewelry. Today, we look at the number of metal choices available to create your next piece.

Platinum – Rare and precious, platinum is a bright white metal that is also durable and hypoallergenic

Palladium – It is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston.

Titanium – It is a lustrous transition metal with a silver color, low density, and high strength.

Rhodium – It is a silver-white metallic element, is highly resistant to corrosion, and is extremely reflective.

Tungsten – Also known as wolfram, pure tungsten is a silver-white metal, is super dense and almost impossible to melt.

Ruthenium – It is a rare transition metal and is used in some jewelry as an alloy with platinum.

Gold – A traditional choice for all types of jewelry, gold is the most easily worked of all metals because it is naturally very soft and malleable and comes in white, yellow, rose or green.

Silver – Sterling silver is a soft, white, lustrous transition metal and the most affordable of all the precious metals.

Copper – pure copper has a reddish-orange color and is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal.

Cobalt – It is a weakly reducing metal that is protected from oxidation, is hypoallergenic and is used to build jet aircraft engines as well as jewelry.

Stainless Steel – Also known as Inox steel, and is a versatile material offering corrosion resistance, strength, good pricing, and a wide range of shapes.

Iron – It is a base metal and tends to oxidize or corrode relatively easily.

Nickel – Also a base metal, it is a silvery-white lustrous transition metal that is hard and ductile with a slight golden tinge.

Uruguayan silver jewelry designer, Adriana Guelfi Herrera, uses all natural resources including metals that are art to wear and inspired by nature. For a closer look at her silver jewelry creations, visit her website.

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L. Roy


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KC78 ...

I love what I see! I am now following on FB too! Thank you for this post it is very helpful. I have always used silver for my creations but I am interested in stainless mainly because of the way silver tarnishes when it is not being worn. I have a design that was cast in silver but would love to have it redone in stainless… any suggestions? I would really love to hear.