Which metal type is right for you?

When selecting earrings, the choice of metal is just as crucial as the design. Different metals not only affect the aesthetics but also the hypoallergenic properties, and maintenance of your earrings. Here’s a guide to understanding popular metals used in earrings:


Gold earrings are a timeless classic, known for their rich color and enduring value. Pure gold (24k) is too soft for everyday wear, so it’s often alloyed with other metals. 18k (75% gold) and 14k (58.3% gold) are common choices, balancing purity and durability. Gold’s hypoallergenic properties make it ideal for sensitive ears.


Gold-plated earrings feature a thin layer of gold over a base metal like brass or copper. Not only do they have a luxurious appearance, they are also a budget-friendly option for everyday wear, providing the elegant look of gold without the high price tag.


Rhodium is a rare, silvery-white metal often used to plate other metals, especially white gold and silver. Rhodium plating enhances durability, tarnish resistance, and gives a reflective, bright finish. It’s hypoallergenic, making it suitable for sensitive skin. 


Titanium is renowned for its strength, light weight, and hypoallergenic nature. It's a perfect choice for those with sensitive skin or metal allergies and is often used for new piercings. Titanium earrings are highly durable, resistant to corrosion, and available in a variety of finishes and colors. Despite its strength, it’s incredibly light, offering comfort for extended wear.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver, composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals (usually copper), is cherished for its lustrous finish. It’s more affordable than gold and versatile in design. Sterling silver is ideal for everyday earrings due to its combination of elegance and affordability. Regular cleaning can keep it looking pristine, and choosing “nickel-free” sterling silver helps avoid irritation for sensitive ears.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel earrings are durable, resistant to tarnish, and affordable. They are often used for body jewellery due to their hypoallergenic properties. Stainless steel’s sleek, modern appearance makes it a popular choice for contemporary designs.


Platinum is a premium metal known for its exceptional durability and rarity. It’s naturally hypoallergenic and resists tarnish and corrosion. Platinum earrings have a luxurious, enduring finish but come with a higher price tag due to the metal's scarcity and weight.

Shop all earrings here, and choose either gold plater or sterling silver. Proudly nickel free and great for sensitive ears.