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STERLIUM PLUS: This is a superior sterling silver alloy that has improved tarnish resistance so maintains a white color longer than regular sterling (much like argentium silver) All sterling silver is 92.5% silver with other metals added to give strength and other characteristics. However, this alloy is still sterling silver which is the softest of the precious metals and should not be confused with the harder, more durable metals such as 950 palladium, white gold or platinum, all of which have varying degrees of superior strength, durability and tarnish resistance than silver.

950 PALLADUIM: 95% palladium, a strong durable metal comparable to white gold. Palladium is greyer and cooler in tone that white gold. It is virtually hypo - allergenic (though only platinum is considered truly hypo-allergenic) and does not tarnish.

WHITE GOLD: There are many options with white gold. 14K white is made with nickel which some people, though not many, have a reaction to. Palladium white gold is a nickel-free white gold option. White gold is greyer than silver but lighter than palladium and has a warmer tone to it. Palladium white gold is less yellow that nickel white but warmer and a bit lighter than 950 palladium. Palladium white gold tarnishes less over time than regular nickel white. White gold is a very hard durable metal as well, and the different karats refer to purity. 14K is approx. 58% gold, 18K is 75% gold, etc. **Please note that most white gold you may see in large jewelry stores is rhodium plated. I do not plate my gold. My items can be plated locally, however, if desired.

YELLOW AND ROSE GOLD: Folks are usually more familiar with these alloys. They mainly differ just in color. Higher karats are a little softer but also richer and deeper in color, so 18K rose or yellow gold has a richer, deeper hue than 14K and 14K more than 10K, etc. Rose gold is also referred to as red or pink gold. In this case, copper is added to give its characteristic hue.

PLATNIUM: This is the densest and most valuable of the metals. Like palladium, it is 95% pure. It has a slightly whiter finish than white gold or palladium, is hypo-allergenic, and very durable and scratch resistant. Platinum does not tarnish. It's density if a large part of why it is more expensive as metals are sold by weight.

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