Guide to buying jewellery
Learn which metals are best for your jewellery and piercings.Shop all metal jewellery at Argos
A key part of choosing a piece of jewellery is deciding what it's made of. Finish, durability, cost, and importantly your personal style, are all factors to consider.
Different metals used in jewellery
For fine jewellery, gold, silver and platinum are popular choices. Classic and timeless, the choice is largely down to personal taste, although there are some differences in their features.
Gold carats explained
The carat refers to the amount of pure gold in the alloy. 24 carat is the purest form of gold but 9 carat and 18 carat are most commonly used for jewellery. Lower carat golds are cheaper and more durable, but may have a duller appearance.
Other kinds of metal jewellery
What is hypoallergenic jewellery?
Some people are sensitive to nickel and copper so look for hypoallergenic jewellery. These are usually made from pure metals such as platinum and titanium. Surgical steel, sterling silver, and high carat yellow gold jewellery contain a very small amount of nickel or copper so can also be considered hypoallergenic.
Best metals for piercings
It's important to consider the material when purchasing body jewellery because some metals are more suitable for sensitive piercings.
If your piercing has not yet fully healed stick with surgical stainless steel body jewellery. If you know you have a metal allergy, avoid this metal in your unhealed body piercing.
Inspired jewellery ideas
Treating yourself or looking for a gift? Take a look at our beautiful jewellery collections.
The Inara collection combines high-tech ceramic, plated with Gold and Rhodium to bring a new level of choice and affordability. Ceramic is well suited to jewellery production because of its smooth feel, light weight, scratch resistance and overall durability.