Mixing Alloys for Jewellery Making

Posted August 12th 2019

Gold jewellery

Do you know what metals you are wearing?

You might be surprised to know the amount of different metals and alloys that have made their way into your jewellery and onto your body. At William Rowland we are proud to provide high purity metals and alloys to a range of industries around the world.

The main metal types that we think of when it comes to jewellery making are of silver and gold, but in fact most jewellery is not made of pure silver or gold. The reason for this is that in their purest forms, silver and gold are both too soft to be suitable for most jewellery. All metals have unique properties that make them suitable for specific tasks, and this is why it’s essential to speak to an experienced metal trader when ordering.

The purest type of silver is called ‘fine silver’ and this is mostly used for bullion, rather than jewellery or currency, since it is relatively soft. Silver is also highly susceptible to tarnishing, and mixing with other metals can prevent this. Instead, an alloy, sterling silver is used instead. This has 92.5% purity, but the remainder is mixed with other metals such as copper, zinc or silicon.

Similarly, gold in its purest form is usually reserved for bullion, since it is soft and would easily become misshapen in jewellery or currency. Gold is mixed with metals such as copper and silver when it is used to make jewellery. White gold is not an element in itself, but simply gold mixed with other metals to create a silver look. The most commonly used metals in white gold are nickel and palladium, or even zinc or tin.

There are also different mixes of gold to create different colours and effects. Rose gold is a mix of yellow gold, silver and copper, to create a pinkish colour, and new metal alloy combinations for jewellery are always being discovered.

At William Rowland we know metal and having been around since 1830 we have a unique understanding of their properties and suitabilities for a whole host of applications. When you purchase through William Rowland, whether by placing an order in our online shop, or making an enquiry over the phone, you can access our wealth of knowledge and be secure in knowing you are making the right choice for your requirements. Contact us today on 0121 559 3031 or browse the William Rowland Online Shop.

Spotlight on Tin and its Uses

Posted August 5th 2019


Tin is a soft, pliable metal, with many useful applications. It is usually extracted from cassiterite, a mineral most commonly mined in the ‘tin belt’ region of China, Indonesia, and Thailand. While it’s most widely known use is as a coating for steel cans (something its non-corrosive properties make it particularly suited to), tin can be used in a broad range of commercial and industrial contexts.

William Rowland

With over 150 years trading as high purity metal suppliers, a wealth of experience and a reputation for innovation, William Rowland are an excellent supplier from which to source your tin. We’ve been trading from the same location in Sheffield since 1830, and since then we’ve established ourselves as a key supplier in the metals trade and as a name synonymous with quality and efficiency.

Uses of Tin

Tin can be utilised in a variety of contexts, a few of which include:

Inoculation: tin is an excellent pearlite stabiliser. Adding tin to cast iron can have a number of beneficial effects, from increasing tensile strength to hardness and fluidity. Our tin pellets, available through our website, are ideal for this purpose.

Electronics: tin is commonly used in electronics, where its electrically conductive properties can be found at use in computer chips and circuit boards.

Babbitt metals: tin-based white metal, or Babbitt metal, is an alloy offering unmatched load carrying and friction resistance, and the ability to operate even without adequate lubrication. As a popular babbitt metal suppliers and metal powder suppliers, we also offer pre-fabricated alloy bearings for sale.

Buying Tin Through the William Rowlands Online Store

William Rowland offer tin for sale in ingots and bars (which can be cropped), as well as pellets or sticks. With a worldwide reach and an internationally recognised reputation, we can have high purity tin delivered to you wherever you may be.

To discuss your needs in more detail, get in touch with one of our experts today on 0121 508 6792. Or, if you already know what you need, head over to the William Rowlands Online Store, where you can purchase our tin directly.

Did You Know You Can Now Buy Our Alloys and High Purity Metals Online?

Posted February 5th 2019


At William Rowland, we have been providing our customers around the world with the very best in high purity metal, alloys, powders, foundry additives and more for over 180 years, making us one of the oldest metal trading companies in the world today.

We have an extensive selection of metals and related products, suitable for various industries. Here are just a few of them:

High Purity Metals

If you’re looking for quality metal, then you need look no further. All of our stock of tin, bismuth and zinc is of the highest grade and available in a number of forms for your convenience, including granules, pellets and sticks.

Foundry Additives

We provide a number of foundry additives to our industrial clients, including inoculants, various carbon products, and minerals and compounds such as molybdic oxide and molybdenum trioxide.

tin pellets


As the world’s leading metal powder suppliers, we provide metal powders from some of the world’s most respected manufacturers. These include Vale, whose nickel powder is renowned across the industry, and Praxair’s thermal spray powders. We also produce our own metal powders – suitable for cosmetics, thermite, paints, pyrotechnics, and so much more – on site. These include aluminium, tungsten carbide, tin, brass, titanium, magnesium, ferro phosphorous, silicon metal, zinc, copper, cobalt, and many others.


We stock a huge variety of WR alloys, suitable for a range of applications. These include some excellent lead- and cadmium-free low melting point alloys for casting all manner of end products.

The William Rowland Online Shop

With our online store it has never been easier to buy the highest quality alloys and high purity metals on the market. With an intuitive interface and all items categorised in a logical manner, finding the right type of alloy for your current project could not be simpler. Sometimes you might need a specific quantity for a bespoke project, so if that is the case, get in touch with us as we can often be flexible on order size.

Many of our items are kept in stock and are ready for immediate dispatch following an order. This is why we can provide such a fast turnaround for our most popular lines. Knowing that we keep an item stocked means that you don’t need to worry about ordering in advance, and don’t have to waste space stocking in your own premises.

We ship worldwide and for orders over 100kg to Europe, we offer free delivery. The timeline for delivery will vary depending on the final destination. While UK orders can mostly be fulfilled between 2 – 5 days after order confirmation, European delivery will take longer. If your destination is outside of Europe, please get in touch with us for a quotation which will give you information on cost and lead time.

When you’re ready to place your order, we have a secure payment gateway in place, meaning your account details (including credit and debit card information) are as safe as they can be when ordering from us.

For more information about the products and services we provide, get in touch with William Rowland today on 0121 559 3031, where a member of our team will be glad to answer any of your queries. Alternatively, visit our online shop now and see for yourself the wide selection of products we have available for fast delivery across the globe.