Metals offer rings another dimension. They are there to cradle the precious gem and must look after it wherever it may go. Different metals offer different looks as well as different properties.

James works with Silver, Gold (yellow, white and rose) and Platinum. The choice is yours.


Silver is a versatile metal and finds its niche in creating charming, smaller bespoke gifts, such as cufflinks and pendants. It is also great for developing prototypes of more expensive rings whilst deciding the final design. As silver is a relatively soft metal it is unsuitable for some gem settings.


Gold is a luxurious metal that comes in different purities, commonly 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold - all available in yellow, white and rose colours. The higher the purity, the higher the gold content.  24ct gold, the highest purity, will easily loose shape due to softness, so most rings are created with 9-18ct gold, depending on budget.

Yellow Gold is an ideal choice when working with diamonds that have a slight tint of colour (diamonds graded 'colour H' or above). 

 White Gold gives a shiny, mirror-like finish. Its reflective qualities will enhance the brilliance of any diamond. It is a good alternative to the more expensive platinum but has a similar effect. To keep white gold looking at its best it's recommended to rhodium plate it every 12-18 months.

Rose Gold is a lovely, unusual alternative to the more traditional white and yellow. Its warm pinky colour means it perfectly compliments many different skin tones. 


Platinum is a supreme option when looking for a metal that never looses its shine, keeps its shape and withstands wear and tear. In addition, minor scratches can be easily polished out by a jeweller due the metal's density. Platinum is also completely hypoallergenic and inert, making it a great choice for allergy sufferers or people with sensitive skin.