A lustrous silver-white metal, Palladium resembles platinum and is in the platinum group of metals. It can be used to make white gold alloys, or used on its own for jewelry. Palladium gained popularity in jewelry during times when gold and platinum were scarce and rising in price. Palladium was viewed as a lower cost alternative.
Unlike white gold, Palladium is hypo-allergenic, and tarnish resistant (white gold needs to be treated every few years to keep it from returning to a yellow gold color). Palladium is about the same price as white gold but about 1/5th the price of platinum. It is also much lighter weight than platinum, while also significantly harder, and therefore more durable, standing the test of time with fewer signs of wear.
It’s shiny, it’s precious and you love it. Gold is a soft, malleable, precious metal that’s been used since the dawn of history for coinage, jewelry, and more recently, for industrial uses like electric wiring and dentistry.
The allure and mystery of gold continues to this day. Gold earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces (chains) and pendants continue to be worn by women throughout the world. Gold warms up both skin tones and hearts.
Why gold is used for jewelry
Other than the fact that it’s gorgeous, gold is perfect for jewelry because it doesn’t tarnish when exposed to air or water and resists corrosion. It is also the most pliable of all metals, which makes it easy for jewelers to twist and turn into all kinds of exotic shapes. Although white gold is very popular for jewelry, gold is naturally yellow, but can be mixed with other metals to become white gold (when mixed with palladium or nickel) or rose gold (when mixed with copper or silver). Pure, 24k gold is so soft, it is usually alloyed with other metals when making jewelry to increase durability.
Symbolism- Yellow like the Sun, the Best of the Best…
Gold is often used in awards ceremonies with medals of honor, such as the Nobel prize and Oscars, being made out of gold or made to look gold. Gold is a symbol of success. It is also used in the language to symbolize goodness and kindness, with terms such as “a heart of gold”. The “golden ratio” and “golden rule” are other terms used that denote gold’s association with perfection. The “golden years” of one’s life are considered the most accomplished and wise. And indeed, gifts of gold jewelry are an excellent way to celebrate them.
Wedding rings are made with gold because gold remains unchanged for eternity, thereby symbolizing the everlasting nature of the wedding vows. Gold is something left from the ancients that we still appreciate today. Given all this remarkable history and traits, it’s understandable people bring out gold when they want to bring out their best.
Big, flashy, and bold, cocktail rings are designed to get attention. The design is usually a super-sized center stone surrounded by tiny diamonds or gemstones. Their history dates back to the 1940’s and 50’s during Prohibition when cocktail parties were illegal and yet widely thrown among the wealthy. Wearers of the cocktail ring were breaking the law with style.
Today, cocktail rings are worn to awards ceremonies, Hollywood film premieres, the theater, opera, or any dressy, formal occasion the wearer sees fit. Cocktail rings may also be called cluster rings or dinner rings. Given the gargantuan size of the center stone, cocktail rings are expensive; to cut costs they can be made with affordable gemstones, like amethyst, topaz, peridot or garnet. The more common customer aims for a more understated cocktail ring look, with smaller stones. The super wealthy have no problem affording cocktail rings made with diamonds and costly gems and indeed, the tabloids have made it a sport tracking the priciest cocktail rings that the latest celebrities are wearing.
What finger is best for a cocktail ring?
Cocktail rings may be worn on any finger except the left ring finger, which is where engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn. The right ring finger is the generally the accepted finger to wear cocktail rings on, with the right index finger being next in line. When it comes to “the best” it really has to do with personal style, making any ring acceptable for a cocktail ring if it’s the one you prefer.
Cocktail rings scream glamor and self-assured style. Garnish your next cocktail with a cocktail ring, darling!
A Claddagh ring is an Irish traditional ring that can symbolize whether the wearer of the ring is single, in a relationship, engaged or married. The traditional motif is one of two hands clasping a heart, with a crown on top of that. The heart represents love, the hands represent friendship and the crown represents loyalty. The rings have become a symbol of Irish heritage worldwide and particularly within the United States. They are often handed down from mother to eldest daughter and grandmother to granddaughter when the girl comes of age. They can also be used as friendship, engagement and wedding rings.
The relationship status of the wearer can be determined according to how the ring is positioned and on which hand it is worn. When worn on the right hand, and the point of the heart faces the fingertips, it means the wearer is single and looking for love- turned around the opposite way, with the point of the heart facing towards the wrist, the wearer is in a committed relationship. When worn on the left hand, and the point of the heart faces the fingertips, it means the wearer is engaged- turned around the opposite way, with the point of the heart facing the wrist, it means the wearer is married.
Claddagh rings are full of tradition and history and rich in symbolism.
Gemstones are being used more and more in jewelry and there’s no wonder why. Not only can they be used as birthstone gifts, but with their diverse range of colors offer more choice and an interesting twist for engagement and cocktail rings, tennis bracelets, earrings and more.
Blue Sapphire Superiority
Like the deepest, bluest ocean, Sapphire draws people in with it’s beauty. The third hardest of all minerals, Sapphire is part of the corundum gem variety family, along with ruby. It also matches many skin tones and is perfect for engagement rings. Both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton wore sapphire engagement rings. Sapphire is also the birthstone for September.
What could be more romantic than the red ruby? The red coloring in ruby is caused by the presence of chromium. They should not be confused with garnet, which are darker than rubies. Rubies range from pink to red, but the pink rubies are called pink sapphires in the United States. Rubies have long played a prominent role in East Asian and Indian culture. Ruby is July’s birthstone, but also makes an excellent gift for Valentine’s Day.
Elegant, exotic and regal, emeralds are a May birthstone. They are a variety of the mineral beryl, and trace amounts of chromium and vanadium are what makes them green. Ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, lighter toned emeralds are not considered emeralds but are instead labelled as green beryl. The Greek word for green translates in Emerald. Emeralds look terrific as stud earrings or in tennis bracelets.
Girly and feminine, pink Sapphires are gaining popularity with engagement rings when used to accent diamonds. Pink Sapphires are actually the same thing as lighter colored rubies.
Majestic and spiritual, Amethyst is a purple variety of the quartz stone. The purple color comes from irradiation, iron impurities, and the presences of other trace elements. The ancient Greeks believed it protected against drunkenness and lined their drinking vessels with it. Amethysts make for great cocktail rings and look lovely mixed with other gemstones.