Precious Metals Comparison

Precious metals, like platinum, palladium, and gold, have wonderful properties that make them desirable for creating unique and beautiful jewelry. In addition to their positive qualities, all of these metals have limiting properties. No single metal has all of the positive qualities and none of the limiting qualities. Here are some comparison tables and a list of pros and cons for each of these metals. We hope this information will help you choose your perfect wedding band.

 

Precious Metal Comparison

Metal
Hypo-Allergenic
Scratch Resistance
Weight 100% Comparison to 14K Gold
Alloys & Purity
Platinum
(Bright white)
Yes
Low
170%
Ruthenium
95% Pure
Palladium
(Bright white)
Yes
Low
95%
Ruthenium
95% Pure
18K Yellow
(Rich yellow)
No
Moderate
119.2%
Copper, zinc, silver
75% Pure
18K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
No
Moderate
119.2%
Copper, zinc, nickel
75% Pure
18K Rose
(Rich rose)
No
Moderate
119.2%
Copper, zinc
75% Pure
14K Yellow
(Bright yellow)
No
Moderate
100%
Copper, zinc, silver
58.3% Pure
14K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
No
Moderate
100%
Copper, zinc, nickel
58.3% Pure
14K Rose
(Bright rose)
No
Moderate
100%
Copper, zinc
58.3% Pure
10K Yellow
(Standard yellow)
No
Moderate
85%
Copper, zinc, silver
41.7% Pure
10K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
No
Moderate
85%
Copper, zinc, nickel
41.7% Pure

 

In addition to comparing each precious metal, each metal has several pros and cons. Considering each may help you determine the best metal to meet your lifestyle.

 

Platinum

Pros
  • Considered the “King” of metals
  • Long lasting, maintains weight over lifetime
  • 95% pure
  • Naturally white, never requires plating
  • Hypoallergenic, tarnish and corrosion resistant
  • When scratched, metal is moved aside or displaced rather than lost
  • Substantial feel (70 % heavier than gold)
Cons
  • Scratches easily, faster than other metals
  • Most expensive

 

 

Palladium

Pros
  • Long lasting, maintains weight over lifetime
  • 95% pure
  • Naturally white, never requires plating
  • Hypoallergenic, tarnish and corrosion resistant
  • When scratched, metal is moved aside or displaced rather than lost
  • Member of platinum group metals
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • Scratches easily, faster than other metals

 

 

Gold

Pros
  • Most scratch resistant precious metal
  • Most traditional and popular jewelry metal
  • More affordable than other precious metals
  • Available in multiple color options: white, yellow, rose and green gold
  • Available in different karats: 10K, 14K and 18K
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • White gold needs occasional rhodium plating to look its whitest

 
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