When thinking about a piece of custom jewelry for a unique anniversary gift, it’s not uncommon to find that more consideration is given to the gemstones used than the type of metal.
Of course, the gemstone is often the first thing a person will notice when viewing a piece of custom jewelry, so it’s understandable that most people want to make sure it’s as stunning as it possibly can be.
For those who want to go the extra mile with their piece though, exploring a few of the lesser-known, lesser-used metals can make an already unique anniversary gift even more special. Even with white and rose varieties to complement the traditional yellow, there are a lot more options for metal in custom jewelry than simply gold.
From a Japanese import to new alternatives to a Victorian classic, and sterling silver being brought into a new age, there has never been more choice when it comes to showing your metal with custom jewelry.
The sword and the stone
Sometime around the 17th century, cultural changes in Japan meant the swords of the legendary samurai were used less as weapons and more as status symbols. The more intricate the design of the handle and sheath, the better.
It was for this reason the technique known as mokume-gane was created. A process that sees metals of various colors layered and sealed together to resemble wood or marble, it allowed the master craftsmen of the time to deliver ever more ornate examples for their distinguished customers.
Today, with the samurai legend consigned to the history books, mokume-gane is used mainly in the world of custom jewelry and features differently colored metals such as yellow gold, rose gold, and copper. When looking for a truly unique anniversary gift, custom jewelry made from this composite is not only among the most eye-catching on the market but surely also comes with the most interesting backstory.
Ever since the days of Queen Victoria, platinum has been used in jewelry for its brilliant whiteness, durability, and great ductility that helps gemstones remain firmly in place.
However, the high density that gives platinum its hardness also means it weighs more per gram than most other metals used in jewelry, making it an expensive metal for custom jewelers to work with.
Fortunately, advances in metallurgy have given us new Nickel Boron Master Alloy that give us the whiteness and durability of platinum for a much more affordable price. Unless you have a real bond with platinum, it’s worth remembering that unique anniversary gifts with similar properties can be had for a fraction of the price.
Asking your custom jeweler about platinum alternatives is likely to help you keep costs down while maintaining the dazzle of your custom piece.
A mainstay of the jewelry world, sterling silver is used in a wider range of pieces than most other metals. This versatility makes it ideal for unique anniversary gifts, and it is often used in more personal pieces. Sterling silver bracelets, necklaces and pendants are often seen.
For some though, silver also has a higher significance. Spiritually tied to the moon, people believe it can increase psychic sensitivity. As a unique anniversary gift for those interested in this higher level of communication, silver is the perfect metal for your custom jewelry.
When shopping for your unique anniversary gift, remember that the metal chosen in custom jewelry can have as much an effect on the look and personalization of the final piece as the gemstone.