Choose the right metal for the manufacture of your jewellery

It is not easy to choose a metal or an alloy for the manufacture of your jewellery. There are a number of factors to consider such as malleability, ductility, toughness, hardness, etc. Each metal has specific properties that make it more or less suitable for a particular project or customer.

Better understanding of metals

To begin, we will define the main characteristics of metals. We have mentioned some of them above, so they are malleability, ductility, tenacity, hardness, inalterability and density.

The malleability of a metal is its ability to be rolled, hammered, shaped or transformed into thin sheets without breaking or breaking.

The ductility of a metal is its ability to more or less resist stretching.

The toughness of a metal is the characteristic that defines whether or not cracks generated during an impact will propagate.

The hardness of a metal refers to the resistance of the metal to penetration, scratches. The hardness of metals is reduced by hot treatment and regular annealing.

The inalterability of a metal defines its resistance to oxidation or corrosion.

The density of a metal is the mass of the metal per unit volume.

Which metal for which jewel?

Now that you know the main characteristics of metals, you can orient your choice according to your project and your customer’s request.

For example, for bracelets and rings, it will be necessary to choose a metal with high hardness and inalterability. Indeed, these are jewels that are exposed to possible shocks and damage, since they are worn on the fingers or wrist. They must therefore be resistant and durable.

Precious and non-precious metal primers

Find a wide range of metals primed for the realization of your jewellery. Silver, Gold, Platinum and non-precious metals, find these metals in different forms!

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