Differentiating white gold from platinum

Creating fine jewelry is all about the choice of the finest metals. It is essential to select the right pieces for the right project. In creating rings, the bands are the base or the foundation of the whole piece. To create intricate details just like hand engraving, it is important to select the right metals. White gold and platinum are the most popular of the bunch and rare used most of the time for rings. White gold is made of gold. This metal is yellow so it requires alloys such as silver and nickel to bleach out the yellow and make it whiter. However, sometimes there still is some yellowish undertone. The alloying process makes the composition like 58% gold and the rest is alloying metal. White gold can get a whiter appearance using rhodium when it is layered across the ring. Platinum, unlike white gold is a pure white metal. It is a rare metal. Platinum is also dense and heavy, making it more expensive than other kinds of metals. Platinum is usually used pure sometimes with only 10% of iridium. The metal is very luxurious and chic and is preferred by many since it does not need any rhodium to retain its white color. White gold requires a recoating or rhodium to maintain the white color if the rhodium fades. Platinum is easy to engrave although it is harder to manage this metal compared to white gold. White gold on the other hand is malleable and it is more adaptable to the more complex designs. If you are searching for a metal that will retain its color forever, platinum is the best choice. However since platinum is heavy, the price of a ring that is made from platinum could go from 2x to 5x the price compared to one that is made of white gold since it is much lighter. White gold is not an inferior metal. The pricing is based on weight and since platinum is used purely and is generally denser, it is more expensive. Depending on what the design project is, there will be designs that will best suite platinum and there are designs that will best fit white gold. It is all about choices and your budget. White gold has its unique identity and platinum as well has its appeal. Both are amazing ring metals so it is all about your choices that will make the difference.

Austin Ryder has a love for all things that sparkle. He has a large collection of diamond rings including diamond wedding bands, platinum wedding bands and many different kinds of earrings and necklaces. For diamond wedding bands, you can check out his store Modern Design Inc. His passion is in design, with wedding rings in gold and platinum and studded with pave or channel set diamonds there is nothing he cannot create with his hands

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