More to metal than silver and gold

One of our Jewellery Design and Business Diploma students recently had a wax carved ring cast and plated in a variety of metals and when we looked at the results a number of the London Jewellery School staff agreed that the version plated in black rhodium was particularly striking.

This, of course, got us thinking. For jewellery metal, we often think about just two main metals, gold and silver, and two main colours “yellow” and “white”. So for our latest inspirations post here are some pieces in different metals.

Black rhodium

rhodium jewellery

A black rhodium finish can bring out the facets of a geometric piece such as with this black rhodium-plated Silver Jagged Knuckle Ring by Lynn Ban…


black rhodium jewellery

Or provide a striking contract to stones as in this pink sapphire and silver ring from Gabriel Kabirski



brass jewellery

Brass is often used as a base metal to plate but you could leave it to shine on its own as with this fun ring from September Room on Etsy


Bronze jewellery

Bronze is a very ancient metal alloy – think back to your history lessons. It is much harder than copper and is great for texture and patination Much harder than copper. This cuff by Ute Decker shows off the interesting effects that can be achieved.


Coloured gold

rose gold jewellery

And of course gold doesn’t have to be yellow. Rose gold is becoming increasingly popular. It brings a lot of warmth to a piece and is summery metal because it looks great against a light tan. Feather cuff by Blue Fly


coloured gold jewellery

Or if pink is not your colour how about green gold. This is another ancient alloy, known as electrum, a naturally-occurring alloy of silver and gold. 18K green gold, such as in this ring by Brien Thomas, is about 75% gold and 25% silver.

If you are making jewellery in metals other than standard silver or gold why not let us know by sharing a link below


  1. Posted August 10, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    So glad you liked my idea and the finish product and that you have shared this with others.
    I gained the knowledge and inspiration from the diploma course at the London jewellery school, would love to do it again. Will share the pictures of my design soon. Regards K.Korn

  2. Posted August 10, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love all the items on here especially the rose gold cuff and green-gold ring beautiful :0)

  3. Katarzyna Korn
    Posted August 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hello. Hope you all well? Please remind me were to go on monday to pick up my diploma? Old place or new one? Many thanks

    Regards K. Korn


    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink | Reply

      You need to come to the new place on Monday – it will be our first day there

  4. DeevineDeesigns
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on DeevineDeesigns by DeeDee O'Callaghan and commented:
    I’m loving the green gold!

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