We work with platinum and white, yellow, and rose 18K gold, and occasionally sterling silver and other non-precious metals.
One of the most desirable noble metals in the world, platinum is the best choice for bespoke jewelry, especially engagement rings. Platinum has earned high marks from the Royal Society of Chemists for its unmatched properties, such as its strength, resilience, rarity, and value.
Platinum's naturally white color, which does not corrode or darken, is responsible for its elevated status among jewelers and consumers.
Platinum weight is not a factor for hand-forged earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets. Skilled jewelers use thinner metal, smaller gauge wire, as well as various techniques like ajouring to turn platinum pieces that are light and airy.
On the other hand, platinum's high density is detrimental for pieces made by casting. CAD/CAM jewelry is chunky and heavy because casting parts that are so thin is next to impossible.
At Leon Mege, we only use platinum consisting of 95.5 parts pure platinum and 4.5 parts ruthenium.
A tiny amount of ruthenium cures pure platinum and improves its hardness and density. Ruthenium is a platinum group metal.
Ruthenium platinum is the only alloy suitable for hand forging. We do NOT use 10% iridium alloy, which is inferior to ruthenium and is used primarily for mass fabrication by casting.
Every gold alloy we use is proprietary, field-tested, and guaranteed to satisfy any strict quality requirements, as well as FTC standards for jewelry metals. All Leon Mege gold alloys are guaranteed to pass the European Nickel Release test, which means that they will not cause skin allergies.
18K gold comes in a multitude of colors - yellow, green, pink (rose), and white.
Our yellow gold is alloyed with rich, vivid-yellow 3N*Yellow gold alloy manufactured in Italy.
All of our platinum jewelry is stamped with Pt950 hallmark according to FTC guidelines. For gold purity, Leon Mege jewelry is stamped 750, Au750, or 18K.
Platinum is the original precious white metal. Platinum jewelry has a solid feel that is impossible to achieve with white gold. White gold was developed as a platinum substitute during WWII. It is a poor woman's platinum.
White gold requires periodic plating to maintain its look; it is only 75% pure compared to platinum's 95%.
Unlike platinum, which is self-burnishing, white gold is continuously shedding its top layer. And unlike some white gold alloys, platinum never contains nickel.
Gold and platinum prices flipped almost a decade ago, and gold remains significantly more expensive than platinum.
Currently, the same amount of money buys twice as much platinum as gold.
Platinum's low price is a fantastic buying opportunity considering that platinum is 30 times more scarce than gold.
Platinum is easier to work with than gold. The cost of labor, which is the main part of the fabrication cost, is lower, making hand-forged platinum jewelry surprisingly affordable.