Gold vs Platinum
Perhaps one of the most basic decisions when determining the details of the setting, it is a subject of great debate and opinion. As with the rest of the elements of the ring it depends largely on your specific preferences and priorities. I will provide a little more information on the differences here.
The most common gold Karatages:
- 24K gold is 100% pure gold.
- 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of other metal(s),making it 75% gold.
- 14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of other metal(s),making it 58.3% gold.
The tint the gold takes on depends on the metals it is mixed, or alloyed with. Adding copper yields a redder metal, iron - blue, aluminium - purple, platinum metals - white, and natural bismuth together with silver alloys produce black gold.
The main shades of gold include:
- Yellow gold: this is gold in its natural shade. Yellow gold used for jewelry is usually alloyed with copper and silver to strengthen it. The higher the gold content, the deeper and richer the gold tones of the jewelry.
- White gold: generally, white gold is created by using a nickel or palladium alloy, zinc and copper. Sometimes, white gold is plated with an even whiter metal, such as rhodium (a rare member of the platinum family) to enhance its appearance. A white gold setting can enhance the look of white diamonds.
- Rose gold: the beautiful pink hue of Rose gold is derived from a larger proportion of copper in the metal alloy.
- Green gold: this alloy is created by mixing silver, copper and zinc to yellow gold.
Platinum is a pure white metal with a brilliant luster that brings out the true radiance in diamonds, unparallel to any other metal used for the making of jewelry.
Platinum is the rarest of all precious metals, 30 times rarer than gold.. Approximately 10 tons of raw ore must be mined to produce just one pure ounce of platinum.
Platinum is one of the strongest and most enduring metals. The most appealing characteristic of platinum is in fact its durability. Platinum jewelry is the perfect choice for a lifetime of everyday wear. Its density and weight make it more durable than other jewelry metals. Platinum weighs 60% more than white gold. Each time other metals are scratched or polished, a tiny bit of metal is lost. In fact, eventually, gold prongs may wear down enough that you may need to have them reinforced with more metal for safety.
Unlike gold, a scratch in platinum may leave a mark on the metal, but this metal is so strong that it will not readily chip or splinter away. The scratch on a platinum piece is merely a displacement of the metal and none of its volume is lost. Therefore, jewelers often choose to set diamonds securely in platinum prongs.
Platinum is hypoallergenic so it is safe to wear even on the most sensitive skin.
Both white gold and platinum are suitable for use in fine jewelry. When deciding which metal to go with for a ring for instance, consider the following:
- Platinum is more expensive than gold.
- Platinum is heavier than gold.
- Platinum will tarnish gray over time, whereas white gold will try to revert to its yellow identity.
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