Below is an overview of the most popular metals for men's necklaces:
Alloy necklaces are base metals such as brass, pewter, or nickel. They are often quite cheap, and depending upon the alloy the bracelet may rust.
Aluminum necklaces don't rust and are leight weight for a metal, an interesting choice of metal for a necklace.
Brass necklaces are tough and heavy. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, and these necklaces are becoming increasingly more popular.
Bronze has been used for thousands of years to create necklaces. Unfortunately bronze necklaces can turn greenish if not preserved well.
Copper necklaces are another style of men's necklaces that is becoming more popular. Copper as a metal has a lot of great qualities for jewelry making.
Multi-Tone Gold Plated Necklaces
Multi-Tone gold plated necklaces contain gold and another metal, most commonly silver.
Nickel necklaces are corrosive resistant, and possess a silvery white color.
Pewter necklaces typically have a bluish white color. Modern pewter is over 90% tin in metal.
Platinum Plated Necklaces
Platinum plated necklaces are coated in the precious metal platinum, which is very common metal used for rings.
Rhodium Plated Necklaces
Rhodium plated necklaces are gaining in popularity. They are coated in the very expensive metal rhodium, which is in the platinum metals group.
Rose Gold Necklaces
Rose gold necklaces have a reddish gold hue, as the gold is alloyed with copper, most commonly in 10K, 14K, and 18K gold.
Rose Gold Filled Necklaces
Rose gold filled necklaces typically have about 5% rose gold layered upon another metal, often silver.
Rose Gold Plated Necklaces
Rose gold plated necklaces have a very minute amount of rose gold plated on top of a base metal.
Silver Plated Necklaces
Silver plated necklaces are commonly a cheaper alloy such as copper, and then plated with silver to give a "white" color.
Stainless Steel Necklaces
Stainless steel is corrosion resistant making it an ideal metal for necklaces. Stainleess steel must contain at least 10.5% chomium. These are very popular necklaces.
Sterling Silver Necklaces
Sterling silver necklaces are necklaces that are 92.5% silver. The other metal is an alloy, often copper to strengthen the sterling silver. Sterling silver necklaces are also extremely popular.
Surgical Steel Necklaces
Surgical steel such as 316L makes an interesting metal for a necklace because of it's low propensity to cause an allergic reaction.
Tibetan Silver Necklaces
Tibetan silver necklaces aren't actually silver, but an alloy of copper with tin or nickel. The metal appears to be silver to the naked eye.
Titanium necklaces are extremely lightwight and strong. A titatium necklace is typically 90% titanium, 6% aluminum, and 4% vanadium.
Titanium Plated Necklaces
Titanium plated necklaces are typically a cheap alloy coated with a very thin layer of titanium.
Titanium Plated Necklaces
Titanium platinum necklaces are comprised of a cheaper alloy and coated in titanium.
Tungsten has a very similiar metal density and weight as gold. Tungsten carbide necklaces are typically 85% tungsten and 15% nickel.
White Gold Necklaces
White gold necklaces are primarily gold with a platinum or silver alloy, giving the gold a "white" colors. White gold necklaces are often 10K, 14K, or 18K gold purity.
White Gold Filled Necklaces
White gold filled necklaces are comprised of a single layer of gold, about 5%, and then bonded to another metal such as silver.
White Gold Plated Necklaces
White gold plated necklaces only contain a tiny layer of gold on top of another metal such as silver.
Yellow Gold Necklaces
Yellow gold necklaces are the most traditional gold necklaces. Yellow gold necklaces are rarely 100% gold, although 22K is not uncommon.
Yellow Gold Filled Necklaces
Yellow gold filled necklaces typically only have about 5% gold and the remainder of the bracelet is alloy.
Yellow Gold Plated Necklaces
Yellow gold plated necklaces have sliver of gold mounted on top of silver or a base metal.
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