Which is better for jewellery – 9ct and 18ct gold?
18ct gold is harder than 9ctContrary to popular belief 18ct is harder than 9ct gold. Metal hardness is measured by the Vickers scale. 18ct has a Vickers hardness of 125 and 9ct has a hardness of 120. This shows 18ct as being harder and better wearing.
What is the difference between white gold and platinum?
White gold and Platinum are two different metals and have different properties. 18ct white gold is made from 75% pure gold and 25% silver and palladium (an alloy which turns the metal white). Platinum used in rings is made from almost 100% pure platinum (95%). Because it is a heavier and denser material it not only weighs more, but is a better wearing metal and will last longer. The other benefit of platinum is that it does not need to be rhodium plated as white gold does. Because 18ct white gold is still made up from 75% pure gold, in its natural state, it still has a slight residual yellow tinge. Therefore new rings are coated with a white solution called rhodium. The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look white. Depending on how the ring is worn this coating can last from one year to three years. Click here to read more about the pros and cons between white gold and platinum.
How should I clean my diamond?
- Professional Cleaning This is the best option. We ask that you come and see us at least once a year to have your Xennox Diamonds Ring cleaned and checked by our jewellers.
- Mild Liquid Detergent Soak your jewellery in a small bowl of warm, soapy water made with any mild liquid detergent and household ammonia. Gently brush the diamond jewellery with a soft toothbrush while it is in the suds. Then, rinse each piece under warm running water. Make sure to always stopper your sink.
- Jewellery Cleaners We have a range on jewellery cleaners for sale, that range from a solution only to a cleaner with battery operated ultrasonic that vibrates to clean the ring.
- Vodka on the Rocks No one is sure how it was actually discovered, but it is safe to say that at some point someone took the idea of a “vodka on the rocks” literally and discovered an imaginative way to clean their precious diamonds. Simply let the diamond soak in a glass of vodka. Preferably one you do not intend to drink.
- Our blog post also has some great tips on cleaning your jewellery
How do I find her ring finger size?
- Make an Impression in a bar of soap
- Trace the inside of the ring onto a piece of paper
- Place the ring on your finger as far as it will go and then mark it with a pen
- Have a friend of hers ask her finger size as a matter of curiosity.
- The safest way is to try and bring in one of her rings under the idea, that you are having it cleaned and checked.
- Ask the jeweller for a ring sizing kit, these are often disposable, and will keep her away from the jewellery store.