What is Platinum?
Platinum is known as being a naturally white colored metal and is mainly used in its purest form. Platinum looks very similar to white gold and will hold up its appearance as long as it is properly cared for through the years. If you are considering purchasing a jewelry item of platinum material, consider our pros and cons list below:
Pros of Platinum Gold
Cons of Platinum Gold
Platinum vs. White Gold
Cost Differences between Platinum and White Gold
There is a major price difference between platinum and white gold, even though upon looks one might not be able to tell them apart. Platinum requires more material to construct a ring because of its higher density. If you decide to go with a platinum ring, we suggest choosing a diamond cut or higher carat weight.
Composition Differences between Platinum and White Gold
Platinum material found in jewelry is of a more pure platinum material with it typically ranging anywhere between 95%-98% with the rest of the composition being rhodium and/or silver.
For reference, 18 Karat jewelry is mostly made of gold alongside other high durability metals like copper or rhodium plating, and is usually at least 75% pure gold. Platinum is actually known as the densest and heaviest precious metal; more so than gold.
Caring for Platinum Jewelry vs. White Gold
Yellow and gold jewelry in comparison to platinum or white gold show more of a distinct color to the naked eye. However, platinum jewelry is known to scratch easier when compared to 18/14 Karat gold jewelry. The upkeep for platinum jewelry is known to be higher because you must polish it regularly to maintain its sparkle. Gold also needs to be repolished, but not as regularly.
Different Types of Gold Materials
White Gold: Known as a mixture of white metals such as nickel or silver with pure gold material. Usually finished with a coating of rhodium. Some of the pros of white gold include:
Some of the cons of white gold include:
Yellow Gold: A combination of metals including copper, zinc and pure gold. The amount of gold in a yellow gold material depends on the karatage:
24 Karat | 99.9% Pure Gold
22 Karat | 91.7% Pure Gold
18 Karat | 75% Pure Gold
14 Karat | 58.3% Pure Gold
If you are looking to get a purer gold content, then you would choose a higher karat amount. However, when you opt for a higher karat amount you are choosing a less durable metal makeup. Therefore, we recommend a 14-18K gold to mount jewelry like a wedding or engagement ring seeing as they are usually worn regularly.
Some of the pros of yellow gold include:
Some of the cons of yellow gold include:
Rose Gold- Mainly refers to the whole color scheme of red, rose and pink gold shades. This gold is mixed or alloyed with copper to produce its color. For a more red toned rose gold, there is a higher amount of copper used in the metal; many times seen as an alloy mix of 75% gold and 25% copper.
Some of the pros of rose gold include:
Some of the cons of rose gold include: