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22ct gold and 925 sterling silver - Will one scratch the other?


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I’m not sure of the answer to this but whilst having a discussion today, I was asked if a 22ct gold ring worn with a 925 sterling silver would scratch each other.

I looked at the hardness of each with both 22ct gold and 925 silver being alloyed with another metal and I can’t quite find the answer.

Does anyone know if either would scratch the other? Presumably two precious metals would scratch each other but which would come off worse.

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Having bought 18ct gold jewellery for a female in the past and wearing a Sterling ring myself I would say anecdotally the 22ct gold is likely to get marked by the Sterling if they rub together. Wait, that sounded like a sex joke didn't it? Oops.

That will be the least of your worries though, as unless the rings are toe rings worn under a sock that lovely gold ring is going to get scratched and gouged from daily wear anyway. Unless of course the person wearing the ring is very upper crust and never touches anything themselves, instead getting Jeeves to do the heavy lifting of the cucumber sandwiches and such.

Being serious though, 22ct = putting up with marks, scratches and even gouging. Looks awesome though.

Sterling tends to 'wear' any damage in a less noticeable fashion due to its colour. It can even make it look nicer in my opinion, and is a quite a tough metal for jewellery.

 

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9 hours ago, Liam84 said:

Having bought 18ct gold jewellery for a female in the past and wearing a Sterling ring myself I would say anecdotally the 22ct gold is likely to get marked by the Sterling if they rub together. Wait, that sounded like a sex joke didn't it? Oops.

 

 

Listen mate where you choose to pierce your body in no business of ours.

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