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Metal Comparison

Platinum

platinum diamond engagement ringRaw platinum is naturally a white metal, But unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its purest form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, So it does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold does. Platinum is a very dense and heavy metal, So a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18k gold ring. Platinum will be more expensive than gold. However, with all things being equal, A platinum ring can be approximately one and a half times the price of an 18k white gold ring. Platinum does have a hint of prestige associated with it and is often chosen for its allure to the rich and famous as wearing this expensive metal is definitively a status symbol. Traditionally, Platinum was not used in the full range of jewelry products due to its higher price. Platinum was mainly used in Platinum Engagement Rings, Womens Wedding Rings and Men's Wedding Rings and Diamond Eternity Bands. However, Today platinum is also often used to make Earrings, Pendants, Bracelets and Necklaces.
 

Gold

mens and ladies wedding ringsGold is the most popular choice for Men's and Ladies Wedding Rings and Engagement Rings. Gold is also very popular in dress Rings, Earrings, Pendants, Necklaces and Bracelets. There are two things to consider when looking at gold. First, which gold carat to choose and second, The gold color or the combination of gold colors available. Yellow gold is made by mixing pure gold with alloy metals such as copper and zinc. Rose gold is made using a mix of pure gold with alloys including copper. The copper provides the Rose-Reddish color. White gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium. In practical terms, 18k generally holds up to everyday wear better than 10k and tends to look better than 10k as it ages over the years. This is one of the reasons why 18k is normally preferred for ladies engagement rings rather than 10k. 18k is the superior metal for ladies and men’s wedding rings provided that the ring is not a lightweight construction. However, 18k is more expensive than 14k and 10k, Which is usually fine for ladies engagement rings, Though in a large men's ring the 18k price can be a noticeable difference. 10k, 14k and 18k are each equally suitable for use in dress Rings, Earrings, Pendants, Bracelets and Necklaces. Many people choose 10k and 14k for their Earrings and Pendants due to its lower price.
 

Silver

sterling silver pendantsSterling silver is a white-grey colored metal which is less expensive than Gold, Platinum and Titanium. Silver is a softer metal than gold, Titanium and Platinum and does not have hardness that the other metals do. However, Sterling silver has 7.5% copper which makes it a little harder. This is a popular metal for use in jewelry such as Earrings, Pendants, Bracelets, Necklaces and Rings. It has seen significant demand for diamond jewelry in recent years. Due to quick rising costs of gold, Silver has definitely become a contender in the diamond jewelry market. This demand has inspired jewelry manufacturers to increase selection and quality tenfold. Making it a more than viable option to gold. Unfortunately, Silver is also more prone to Oxidization, Sometimes causing the silver to turn black. Though, Silver Jewelry can easily be made to look like new again if you use a Silver Jewelry cleaner available from most jewelry stores or preferably having your jewelry cleaned by a jeweler.