Frequently Asked Questions

Do you ship outside of New Zealand?

We can arrange shipping out of New Zealand at an additional cost. Please contact us at newplymouth@showcasejeweller.com if you require your purchase to be sent overseas.

Does the wedding ring go in front of or behind my engagement ring?

The wedding ring is placed on the finger before the engagement ring.

What is Rhodium Plating?

As white gold can be grey in colour, it is common practice to rhodium plate white gold jewellery by an electrochemical process. It provides a bright, white, highly reflective and tarnish resistant coating, which greatly increases the life of the high polish on the gold.

How long will the pattern last?

This will depend on the pattern and the wear and tear due to lifestyle activities. Some rings can be re-engraved depending on the style and the age of the ring.

What alloys make up 9ct and 18ct?

9ct means 9 out of 24 parts of the piece are pure gold while the other 15 parts are a mixture of copper, silver and zinc. 18ct means 18 out of 24 parts of the piece are pure gold.

Carat Gold Content Fineness
24ct 100.0% 999
22ct 91.6% 916
18ct 75.% 750
14ct 58.3% 583
10ct 41.6% 416

How hard is gold?

On the Mohs Scale, gold is 2.5 – 3.

The Mohs scale of hardness was developed in 1812 by Fredrick Mohs and measures the hardness of minerals on a scale of 1-10.

How does this compare with other metals?

Metal Chemical Symbol Mohs Hardness
Gold Au 2.5 – 3
Platinum Pt 4 – 4.5
Palladium Pd 4 – 4.5
Silver Ag 2.5 – 3

Can I wear a 9ct wedding ring with an 18ct engagement ring?

Yes, but there will be a slight colour difference.