Jewellery Buyers Guide


Metals Guide

Unsure which metal is right for you? Take a look at our guide below for an in-depth look.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is one of the most common precious metals; this is due to its great value for money and durability. Sterling silver is used by popular designer brands including but not limited to Georg Jensen, Rachel Galley and Clogau.

Sterling silver consists of 92.5% Silver and 7.5% of other metal alloys and is a great place to start whether you are looking for everyday accessories or a timeless statement piece.

For more information about caring for your silver jewellery please click here.

Platinum Jewellery

Platinum has a similar finish to white gold, however, is tougher and stronger making it the perfect metal for engagement rings and other jewellery which is being worn everyday and may receive general knocks and bumps. Unlike white gold, platinum will not need re-rhodium plating. Platinum is the perfect choice for Engagement, Wedding rings and everyday jewellery.

Gold Jewellery

All of our fine gold jewellery at Baker Brothers is available in either 9ct or 18ct Gold; we also have a selection of gold plated jewellery and watches.

Gold is measured in 24ths, so 24ct is 100% gold (the higher the carat of gold the higher the purity)

  • - 18ct gold is 18 parts out of 24, thus 75% pure and 25% metal alloys
  • - 9ct gold is 9 parts out of 24, thus 37.5% pure gold and 62.5% metal alloys
Using other metal alloys with gold increases the toughness and hardness of the metal.

Which Gold colour should you choose? The gold colour you choose is down to personal preference; White gold offers an Icy finish and is a great alternative to Silver or Platinum, perfect for complementing diamonds. Yellow gold can provide a warm glowing feel and is a timeless classic with its naturally shiny finish, whilst Rose Gold can provide the perfect combination of both with a soft and subtle look.

For more information about caring for your gold jewellery please click here.

What Is Rhodium Plating

Rhodium plating is commonly found on white gold and is a mixture of white gold and a white metal, the layer of rhodium enables the ring to shine and offers protection against scratches and general everyday use. The plating can take a lot of wear, however, does not last forever and from time to time will require re-rhodium plating – This is more common on engagement and wedding rings as they generally take more everyday wear than other jewellery.

Gemstone Guide

Whether you are looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring, or have a wedding anniversary looming, our gemstone guide can help you choose the perfect stone for any occasion.


Rubies are the birthstone of July and also the 15th and 40th anniversary stone. The finest rubies have a pure vibrant red colour, rubies which are too light or too dark tend to be less desirable.

Rubies are an excellent gift, not just for birthdays but for all occasions and are available in a range of cuts, the most popular being round.


Saltwater pearls are grown from oysters in the sea or are cultivated in protected environments whereas fresh water pearls are grown from fresh water mussels. Pearls can be great for everyday wear; the natural oils in your body rub against the pearls helping to provide essential oils for maintaining great looking pearls.

Want to know if your pearls are real? A simple test is to gently slide the pearls across the front of your teeth; if it feels smooth then there is a high possibility that the pearls are fake, as real pearls feel gritty.

Please Note - Since each pearl is unique, slight variations in colour and shape can occur from the product images on our site.