The Expanding World of Permanent Jewelry
The Expanding World of Permanent Jewelry
Explore the world of permanent jewelry. Discover delicate and finely-crafted pieces, from slender gold chains to petite charms and connectors. Learn about the surging demand for wholesale permanent jewelry supplies and gain insights into market trends, charm customization, connector durability, and pricing strategies. Permanent jewelry offers a unique blend of style and sentimentality, making it a niche market with timeless appeal for retailers seeking elegance and practicality.
Roles You Might Play Working In The Jewelry Business
Roles You Might Play Working In The Jewelry Business
You love jewelry. You need a job. You know there are plenty of opportunities available and that you would be happy working in the jewelry industry. However, maybe you’re not sure which job suits you best. So here are a few roles you might consider looking into to break into the jewelry business.
Permanent Jewelry Trend
Permanent Jewelry Trend
Permanent jewelry is getting popular from social media and is backed by major jewelry brands and jewelry tools & supplies manufacturers. Why permanent jewelry is trending. How does it affect your existing jewelry business and how to adapt? What do you need to start a permanent jewelry business?
Jewelry Pricing Formula for Designers
Jewelry Pricing Formula for Designers
Many jewelry designers and artisans struggle with pricing their jewelry. Whether you are making and selling jewelry as a hobby or for business purposes, you must know how to price your jewelry so that you do not undervalue or overvalue your work.
Why use videos for marketing jewelry?
Why use videos for marketing jewelry?
Video marketing is a new reality, and brands have already been encashing on this fact. One recent research has indicated that 84% of the customers are more likely to buy the product after watching a video. With such a strong impact of the videos, you can’t ignore video marketing for promoting your jewelry business.
Small Actions That Have a Positive Impact on Your Small Business
Small Actions That Have a Positive Impact on Your Small Business
Selling crafts and handmade jewelry or goods are not for the faint of heart. It’s a highly competitive field that requires not only creativity but also dedication and the mindset of perseverance. It’s also a continual learning process that allows you to develop and expand as you go. If you’re just getting started, here are a few tips on how to strategically position yourself for success.
What is the Best Choice of Metal in Jewelry Design?
What is the Best Choice of Metal in Jewelry Design?

Many jewelry designers would want to make jewelry using different types of metals wonder on which metals would bring the best returns. Finding the perfect piece of jewelry presented with various metals can be quite tasking. Well, all jewelry designers must understand the difference between base metals and precious metals. Let us dive in to understand what base metals and precious metals are and get which of these is the best choice.

Precious Metals

What are precious metals? These metals are considered to be of high end-value in society due to their rarity and high economic value. Precious metals come in a wide range and designers have a variety of precious metals to choose from. They include Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver, Gold Vermeil (Gold plated over sterling silver). Some precious metals such as Gold, Silver, and Platinum are noble metals. This means that they are highly resistant to corrosion.


Gold is soft and malleable. For this reason, it is mixed with other metals like silver or zinc to make solid and wonderful jewelry pieces that can be worn for a longer period. Gold is cherished by most designers and is used for making jewelry designs in wedding rings, earrings and necklaces.


Don’t you love sterling silver? It is versatile, has a stunning look, and is cherished by a vast majority because of these. Not only that, it is the best option for people on a budget because it is affordable than gold. Jewelry designers find it great for everyday use because of its durability and it does not react with the skin.


Vermeil is a precious metal owing to its composition, gold, and silver. A gold layer is applied to sterling silver to make vermeil. The gold layer used in making vermeil jewelry in the United States must be of high quality. The minimum purity must be 14k with a thickness not less than 2.5 microns. Vermeil has no allergies since it is made of hypoallergenic metals. It is durable and the jewelry pieces created from vermeil look like solid gold.

Gold plated jewelry is also just like vermeil. However, the difference comes in on the base metal used in gold plating. The base metal could be brass or copper, which is low quality than silver. Unlike vermeil, there are no specific requirements set for gold plated jewelry, and the gold layer may be less than 2.5microns.


Platinum is becoming a popular choice for jewelry designers because of its beauty and physical properties. It is silvery-white, highly durable, and can be mixed with other metals. Besides, it is resistant to tarnish, making it ideal for making rings, bracelets and everyday jewelry. However, Platinum is extremely rare and therefore pricier than other metals.


This metal is also silvery-white in color, just like Platinum. Jewelry designers fancy it because of its color, density, hardness and tarnish-resistant nature. For designers looking to make lighter pieces of jewelry that require low maintenance, Palladium would be an excellent choice. Furthermore, its price is affordable than Platinum.

Base Metals

Base metals are an excellent choice for jewelry, though they are not precious metals. They are a mixture of few metals that are combined to form one base metal for jewelry. Metals that are durable and commonly used as base metals include copper, aluminum, tin, zinc, nickel, and lead. It is important to note that base metals can be plated. However, the plating wears out eventually, and replating may be needed. For jewelry designers who need to make desirable jewelry that is super affordable, base metal is the way to go. Let us have a look at a few of the base metals.


This metal is soft and does not rust. Besides, you can add custom colors to aluminum. However, when aluminum comes into contact with oxygen and water, it oxidizes. The oxidized layer then forms a layer preventing the aluminum from further corrosion, which is good news!


Copper is a soft metal and has a bright reddish-orange color. Because it is a highly reactive metal, it darkens and gains patina. It discolors the skin when worn in jewelry designs like a wedding or engagement ring and tight-fitting bracelets.


Nickel is an alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel and is usually silver in color. However, it has no sterling silver component whatsoever. Jewelers find nickel components attractive because it costs less than sterling silver. Though jewelers and jewelry designers need to be aware that it may cause allergic reactions in some people. The law provides regulations on nickel’s use in jewelry.


Lead has been used to make jewelry pieces despite being a heavy and toxic metal, being that it is a cheap base metal. It does not degenerate therefore harmful to the environment. Also, it is harmful to human beings when ingested as lead accumulates in the human body. Jewelers are advised to comply with the strict laws by maintaining a low percentage of lead weight in their designs.

Why Is Precious Metal a Better Choice Than Base Metal for Jewelry Designers?

  1. Precious metal keeps its value and is a worthy investment
  • Jewelry made from precious metal will keep most of its value when the plating fades or in case of damage, while base metal jewelry will become worthless.
  • During difficult economic times, one can use precious metal jewelry for tender as they produce better returns. For example, families could get by the great recession of 1929 by selling their precious jewelry.
  1. It’s easier to make money from precious metal jewelry
  • Most customers understand and appreciate the value of precious metals. As a jeweler, you will not have to sell precious metal in large quantities to get money since customers will pay a hefty amount for a good piece of jewel made from precious metal. Meanwhile, base metal costs less because it is imported from overseas at a low cost and their prices are market-driven and will not be worth the time or effort put in.
  1. Precious metal jewelry is of high quality and lasts longer compared to base metal jewelry. Moreover, when it comes to conserving the environment, precious metal is ideal because base metals have negative environmental impacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is gold-plated brass jewelry considered precious metal?

No. it is not a precious metal. It doesn’t matter how good the plating is done, it will eventually fade out and you will end up with a piece of worthless brass jewelry with an ugly faded gold plating.

  1. How about gold-filled jewelry?

Gold-filled jewelry is 5% of the total weight of gold bonded to copper/brass core. So, 95% of the jewelry is still base metal. A gold-filled layer will last much longer than most gold plating. However, it is still not considered a precious metal. Also, gold-filled jewelry can only be made from gold-filled sheets or wires, it cannot be made from casting. It imposes relatively high restrictions on the design.

How to Handle Criticism on Your Handmade Jewelry Design
How to Handle Criticism on Your Handmade Jewelry Design
Being in the jewelry making business is no easy feat, especially if the jewelry is hand-made and represents designs created and inspired by your thoughts. If somebody is telling you about what’s wrong in your jewelry making and what they don’t like, no matter how rude their tone is, do not interrupt them midway.
The gold-silver price impact on the jewelry business
The gold-silver price impact on the jewelry business
Gold and silver price is on the rise, jewelry business got double hits by the COVID-19 pandemic and skyrocketing material cost. What’s the gold and silver price impact on the jewelry business? What can jewelry business and jewelry designer do to mitigate the impact and keep growing your jewelry business? This article will use data from the last gold silver price spike in 2010-2013 and analyze the impact of this price spike.
How to Find a Jewelry Making Supplies Wholesaler; The Surefire Guide
How to Find a Jewelry Making Supplies Wholesaler; The Surefire Guide
Finding a reliable wholesale jewelry supplier who offers high-quality supplies at competitive prices is critical for a jewelry designer or a small jewelry business owner, especially if you have a dedicated clientele. Imagine having customers, yet you can't make enough jewelry to meet their needs, it's a place you don't want to be. The ultimate goal of small jewelry businesses is to avail more than their customers can buy. Therefore, having a reliable supply wholesaler is a strength that every designer would love to tap into.