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Buying Guide: Jewelry Metals
When you’re shopping for fine jewelry, one of the most important decisions to make is what type of metal to choose. The metal affects the appearance, durability, and cost of the jewelry, so make sure you know which metal you’re looking for before you start shopping. Not sure which metal is right for you? Take a look at our guide for info about the most common types of metal used in jewelry.

 Metal Types

 Metal Terminology
Ferrous and non-ferrous: Ferrous metals contain iron, making them susceptible to oxidation and rust. Most fine jewelry now is made from non-ferrous metals.
Base and noble: Base metals are more common (iron, nickel, copper, titanium, etc.) and oxidize more quickly. Noble metals are rarer (like gold, silver, and platinum), have a better luster, and resist corrosion, so they are used more in fine jewelry.
Precious and non-precious: Whether a metal is considered precious is determined by its rarity and value. Gold, silver, and platinum are precious metals, and all others are non-precious.