In this article we are not trying to tell you what type of ring you should buy for your wedding or engagement event. It is a personal choice, but we do wish to highlight the differences between these two types of precious metals, both used in modern jewellery making.
The main difference when buying a ring is not only established by the money you’re willing to pay for it, but also by the way your body might tolerate or react to these metals’ exposure. If your skin is sensitive, then skin irritation can be caused by silver which tarnishes in hot and humid weather. This situation might occur when your body gets in contact with nickel or copper. It is very important to know the alloy contained in the metal because you can be allergic to it.
Mainly, gold and silver are not reactive metals, but it is better to buy a higher karat gold metal, for example, to be sure that the quality of the alloy is higher as well: this is one of the reasons many people choose to buy 18 or 22K gold. Sterling silver is 92.4/5% pure and most of silver rings don’t contain nickel, but lower percentage silver can irritate your skin (as an example, you should be aware of the vintage European silver that is only 80% silver and 20% is copper).
It is very important to know the alloy contained in the metal because you can be allergic to it.
Pure 24K gold it is, of course, expensive, but it is also hypoallergenic. Which is good news if the other metals mixed with it can’t cause (by themselves) some adverse skin irritations. These alloys have many different colors which are determined by the type of metal mixed with gold and its percentage. For example, rose gold contains more copper, white gold – nickel (now the nickel has been replaced by metal that won’t cause any allergies such as palladium) and green gold is made out of fine silver. In the United States of America, it is a rule that, in order to be sold gold it has to be at least 9K, if not – the lower karat will oxidize in hot weather because of the alloys contained in the ring (but a small amount of detergent will work its way out).
In order to be sold gold it has to be at least 9K
Silver metals are measured by 1/1000 parts per gram and come in many different quality grades and, the other metals that occur to be in silver are very insignificant. But we must know that silver is only 9.99% pure, removing those impurities would cost a fortune. While wearing a silver ring it is very unlikely to get an allergy, yet not impossible. People come across these problems because they are allergic to copper, not the silver.
Silver metals are measured by 1/1000 parts per gram and come in many different quality grades
We hope this little introduction has helped with decision on the next jewellery item you have been considering.