Metal Education

by Sidsel Dalby

Important choice for your diamond jewellery

Diamond jewellery metals

The metal for your diamond jewellery is an important choice. There are plenty of opportunities. From the classic yellow gold to white gold, rose gold or platinum.

It’s important to note the difference between the words “karat” and “carat”. “Karat” denotes a metal’s purity, while “carat” is used exclusively to measure the weight of diamonds and precious gems.

DALBY DIAMONDS jewellery collections offer gold in 14 karat and 18 karat and platinum. 24 karat is considered to be pure gold, however it is typically too soft to use for jewelry.

White Gold

It looks just as lustrous as platinum when fresh from your jeweller, but typically requires replating over time.

Rhodium is usually used for replating white gold, as it helps to enhance strength and shine.

Yellow Gold

Today’s yellow gold bands look better than ever. Yellow gold provides a warm, rich glow and has been a go-to wedding band metal for the last several decades.

Rose Gold

Rose gold is not necessarily a new material in the fine jewelry world, but it has recently surged in popularity, especially in engagement ring bands.


Strength meets beauty in platinum wedding and engagement rings, which are heavier and longer-lasting than their white gold counterparts.

White gold can look quite similar when new; however, platinum will retain its brilliance and never requires replating over time.

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