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The Most Valuable Metals in Jewelry

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Investors entering the precious metals market for the first time need to keep a close watch on factors that affect demand for these metals. One key dynamic that influences the price of precious metals is jewelry.

The metals used in it are resistant to corrosion, highly ductile, and malleable which makes them suitable fortransforming into any design. In this post learn about the growing jewelry market and the most valuable metals used to make jewelry.

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Jewelry Market Size

By 2030, the global jewelry market is estimated to be worth $518.90 billion. The demand for gold stems from traditions, such as wedding rituals in places like Asia and the Middle East. India’s demand for gold alone stands at 800-850 tons in 2022. Chinese brides are also a major contributor with demand for western-style weddings as part of their celebrations influencing how they spend on these precious items.

There is also a growing demographic for jewelry for men, thanks to Hollywood celebritiesand singers expressing their personalities by wearing items like signet rings, necklaces, bracelets, and chains. Retail stores are now ordering and stocking more men’s jewelry in their stores as they believe its demand will continue to grow.


Gold is a leading choice of jewelry for people. It is valued because of its durability, and high malleability which allows it to have more versatile and exquisite designs. It doesn’t tarnish over time as other metals do which is why it has been passed down for generations in families. There are also a lot of cultures that think of gold as a representation of the sun and have attached their own meanings to the metal.

Aside from ornamentation, the metal was used as coinage as well. It has excellent corrosion resistance and can be mixed with other metals such as zinc, copper, and silver to add to its durability and strength. Thisenables different types of gold to come into existence due to different chemical compositions. These include rose gold, white gold, and rose gold. These designs work well with most wardrobes which enable people to stand out from the crowd. 

Men are also demanding gold jewelry. The different types of options of earrings, cufflinks, bracelets bangles, pendants, and rings make them a unique gift for people. 

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Investors that don’t have the financesto afford gold can buy silver. The high-quality metal is malleable, ductile, and soft, which allows jewelers to mold the metal into various designs. While it’s more prone to tarnishing than gold, it can be cleaned very easily. It can also be mixed with other metals such as copper or platinum.

The resulting combination helps people have a unique look that they can match with a variety of wardrobes. Sterling silver which is 92.5% pure is the most common type used in the production of jewelry. A lot of people even wear it for its health benefits. People who wear the metal credit to improving their moods and increasing their energy levels 


Platinum jewelry is extremely expensive due to its rarity and high value per gram. It’s found in only a handful of countries such as Russia and South Africa. The metal can withstand both extreme cold and heat and is resistant to stress as well. The metal is lustrous and does not tarnish. 

People that have sensitive allergies can wear platinum jewelry as they are hypoallergenic and don’t lead to any sort of reaction. The luxurious nature of the metal has also become part of our everyday lexicon with hotels naming their superior suites as platinum suits.


When it comes to artisan jewelry, copper is a popular precious metal. The material can be stretched into intricate shapes which make a lot of versatile new designs possible. The reddish-brown color helps people match it with their daily wardrobes. Its highly durable and affordable. The material is also good for the environment as it is a non-ferrous metal which makes it easy to recycle.


Rhodium is one of the most expensive metals in the world because of its rarity. The metal is resistant to corrosion which make it highly durable. The silver-white metal trades at $453 per gram, which makes only the wealthy elite able to afford the jewelry. 


Titanium is a silver-colored metal. It’s lighter than steel while retaining strength and durability. It’s also cheaper than metals like gold and platinum.It can also resist abrasion and scratches which reduces maintenance costs. However, working with titanium isn’t easy which means you need to find an artisan jeweler who has expertise in dealing with this metal.

Why is Storing in Bars and Coins Better?

When people choose to make jewelry, a portion of the metal gets wasted. This is why if you are an investor with a habit of buying jewelry to only hedge the inflation then consider buying bars and coins. You can store them in an organized manner in your locker and don’t have to worry about losing their value in the design process.

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Select an Affordable Precious Metal Exchange

On the lookout for a reputable precious metals investment dealer that is accredited with BBB? At Orion Metal Exchange, we enjoy high ratings on platforms such as Trustpilot and We have a proven track record of selling high-quality gold, silver, palladium, platinum bullion, and coins. Our in-house IRA department helps people looking to plan for their retirement open their precious metals IRAs. We also help with insured delivery and precious metal storage options. 

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