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Choosing Your Setting Metal

Choosing Your Setting Metal

Although 18K yellow gold has been the traditional choice for engagement rings, 18K white gold and platinum are currently hugely popular and their silver colour is particularly effective at enhancing the sparkle and brilliance of diamonds.

We have settings available in all three of these metals as well as palladium, a platinum-like metal which offers excellent value for money. 


Most people have an instant preference for either gold or silver-coloured jewellery, but if you want silver, should you choose 18K white gold, platinum and palladium? Click the links to find out more about each metal.

Platinum 950
Hard, durable metal with a polished white sheen

Palladium 950
Hard, durable metal that's lustrous white in colour.

White Gold
Dense, malleable metal with a bright silver-white appearance.

Yellow Gold
Dense, malleable metal with a bright yellow lustre.

Rose Gold
Dense, malleable metal with a bright pinky lustre.

A Note about Hallmarking

Assay Assured Jewellery RetailerAll our metal products are Hallmarked, which means they conform to internationally recognised standards of quality or “Fineness”.

For the manufacture of jewellery and silverware, precious metals are not used in their purest forms. Instead they are alloyed with other metals. It is not possible to discern by sight or by touch what the precious metal content of an alloy is.

Our customers can rest assured that all of our products come with a guarantee of the precious metal content through the 700-year-old practice of third party independent hallmarking.

The 1973 Hallmarking Act makes it unlawful to describe an item over a certain weight as gold, silver, platinum or palladium without an independently applied Hallmark.

  • All Silver articles weighing more than 7.78 grams must be hallmarked
  • All Gold articles weighing more than 1 gram must be hallmarked
  • All Platinum articles weighing more than 0.5 grams must be hallmarked
  • All Palladium articles weighting more than 1 gram must be hallmarked

Articles below these exemption weights may be described as Gold, Silver Palladium or Platinum without the need for a hallmark.