Metal Education

Click on the pictures below to see a more in depth explanation of the metal types.






Many connoisseurs regard platinum as the preeminent metal for fine jewelry. It is rarer and more expensive than gold, and its distinctive grayish-white non tarnishing color makes it an excellent setting for colorless diamonds. Because it yields readily to the setter’s tools,. and yet offers unsurpassed holding power and wearabilitiy platinum is an ideal meal for stone set jewelry.



The picture is of Disney’s Scrooge McDuck playing in his vault 

Pure gold, the most malleable of all metals, is incredibly workable. A single grain (1/480 of a troy ounce) can be pounded from a cube measuring 1.497 mm along each edge into six square feet of ultra-thin gold leaf. It is also the most ductile: Theoretically, a grain of pure gold can be drawn into a wire 1 1/2 miles long.




Today it is unusual to see diamonds or expensive colored stones set in silver. But until fairly recent introduction of white gold and the platinum alloys, silver was the only white precious metal available.




Palladium is an excellent metal for molding and customizing jewelry; we have had a lot of success with it here at DBD. It’s a reliable, lasting metal, that maintains it’s original coloring and remains untarnished.