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Pros & Cons of Different Types of Metals

Updated: Jul 10, 2019


Yellow Gold

Platinum: 95% Pure Platinum

Hallmark/Stamp: PT950 or PLAT

Pros

1. Hypoallergenic

2. Won't lose mass over time

3. It's rarer than gold, higher appreciation

4. Naturally a white/silver tone metal

5. Durable and malleable Cons

1. Compared to a same setting in gold, platinum will weigh heavier therefore more expensive.

2. Dull patina finish overtime from scratches and dents.

3. Higher repair cost

4. Softer than gold because of its purity



14karat yellow gold: 58.5% pure gold mixed with alloys

14karat white gold: 58.5% pure gold mixed with alloys and rhodium plated

Hallmark/Stamp: 14KT or 585

18karat yellow gold: 75% pure gold mixed with alloys

18karat white gold: 75% pure gold mixed with alloys and rhodium plated

Hallmark/Stamp: 18KT or 750

Pros

1. White gold looks very similar to Platinum but less expensive

2. Hard Rhodium plating on white gold provides good protection against wear & tear

3. Yellow Gold is easy to work with during repairs and requires the least amount of maintenance compared to Platinum & White Gold.

4. Yellow gold complements lower colored diamonds very nicely

Cons

1. The Rhodium plating on white gold will wear off and fade to a yellowish tinge overtime (usually take 1-2 years depending on lifestyle of wearer).

2. May cause skin irritation if you are allergenic to nickel.


14karat rose gold: 58.5% pure gold mixed with copper (redder tone - more copper)

18karat rose gold: 75% pure gold mixed with copper (lighter rose tone - less copper)

Pros

1. More durable than white & yellow gold because of the copper alloy contents

2. Does not require Rhodium plating therefore less maintenance compared to white gold

Cons

1. May cause skin irritation if you are allergenic to copper

2. Not as widely available as Platinum, White or Yellow gold.

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