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What if you could capture the world’s most precious elements in a beloved piece of jewelry that you could wear every day? Well, in fact you can and probably already do. Most of the components used to create jewelry begin with elements from the earth – precious metals and gemstones that are mined from the ground.
Elemental (adjective, meaning): related to or embodying the powers of nature
The basic building blocks of jewelry are natural elements. The three elements most commonly used to create jewelry are Gold, Platinum and Silver. All three are highly lustrous metals which retain their appearance well over long periods of time. They are extremely malleable, so can be transformed into any shape or design. Let’s take a look at these three elemental metals.
Gold is among the most precious and expensive metals. Its long-lasting beauty, and adaptable nature makes it one of the most sought-after elements on the planet.
Throughout history, gold has played a major role in our society. The Aztecs considered gold to be from the gods. It has been used as a form of currency, and still backs many financial systems to this day. Gold is exceedingly valuable, in part because it is scarce – far scarcer than other metals such as silver and copper. It also has unique properties that other metals lack. It does not tarnish and it’s exceptionally malleable. You could pound a single ounce of gold into a 100 square foot sheet!
According to the American Museum of Natural History, jewelers have prized gold for centuries. Gold artifacts made their first appearance at the very beginning of the pre-dynastic period in Egypt. The oldest known map of a gold mine was drawn in the 19th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt. Egyptian hieroglyphs from as early as 2600 BC, describe gold as “more plentiful than dirt” in Egypt. Kings and queens across the globe used the precious metal to display their divine superiority.
Let’s face it, gold is eye-catching, and in fashion, we love to flaunt it. That is why most jewelry contains a fair amount of gold. It comes in a warm yellow color, and is also available in white, and pink or rose, when mixed with other trace elements. Yellow gold is making a comeback nowadays, and mixing multiple colors together is a popular look as well!
One of the most desirable jewelry metals on the planet, platinum is a popular choice for fine jewelry, including engagement rings. Many properties give platinum its high status. It is rare -All the platinum ever mined would fit in the average living room! Rarer than many other metals, only about 133 tons of platinum are mined each year (compared to 1,782 tons of gold).
Because it is so rare, platinum is one of the most expensive choices for jewelry. One of the strongest metals on the planet, it is excellent for jewelry that needs to last a lifetime. This metal is quite soft, thus jewelry-grade platinum is usually an alloy of 95% platinum and 5% other metals.
Platinum has a beautiful white color that does not corrode or require polishing. It is pure, an expression of integrity, a reflection of inner truth. Platinum’s purity endows it with a brilliant white luster that helps to reflect the true radiance of diamonds.
Platinum is a symbol of true love, purity, rarity, and strength. These qualities of platinum are equivalent to the ideals of eternal true love. All over the world, engagement rings, wedding bands and anniversary rings made in platinum symbolize the everlasting endurance of love.