Is platinum better than gold?


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Is platinum better than gold?
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Anonymous 2022-07-06T02:21:03+00:00 1 Answer 4 views 0

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    Both platinum and gold are precious metals highly prized for their appearance and value, but they do have some obvious differences.
    – First and foremost is the most obvious difference in color. Platinum is inherently white and silver in appearance, while gold comes in a variety of colors: yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. In terms of color appearance, white gold is closer to platinum in the short term. White gold is rhodium plated to give it a bright silver appearance like platinum, except that over time the rhodium plating flakes off to reveal the gold inside and loses its luster. Platinum, on the other hand, never does.
    – The second difference is the purity. The gold used to make jewelry is not actually pure gold, because pure gold is very soft and malleable, which can cause many problems when used in jewelry – such as not holding stones easily, scratching, denting or breaking. Therefore, when making jewelry, jewelers often mix gold with other metals to form alloys of varying purity, which can also increase the durability of gold as jewelry to varying degrees. The most common types of gold used in jewelry are 18k (75% purity) and 14k (58.3% purity). Platinum, on the other hand, is a naturally white metal with a purity of 95% or more, making it more suitable for use in jewelry making than pure gold.
    – Differences in wearing body feel. Although jewelers add various other metals to gold for durability when making jewelry, not all metals are as stable and less likely to cause allergic reactions as pure gold. One of the most notable offenders is nickel, and if your skin is allergic to nickel, then you may want to check the details with your jeweler before making a purchase. In contrast, platinum is a hypoallergenic metal which is extremely unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
    In terms of the weight of the finished jewelry, gold is lighter than platinum and therefore may be more comfortable to wear.
    – The difference in terms of daily cleaning and maintenance. While gold and platinum is durable enough to not break on everyday use. However, over time, fading, scratching and dulling are inevitable, even if you take great care of it. Unlike gold, which may need to be polished and re-plated in a jewelry store every few years to maintain its appearance, platinum does not lose metal to any scratches due to its unique chemical structure, which allows it to retain a flawless finish after a simple home cleaning. The maintenance costs are in order from lowest to highest: platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold.
    – The difference in durability and strength. Platinum, with its dense molecular structure and chemical composition makes it less likely to break and last longer than gold. While thanks to the addition of other metals, 14K gold exceeds the strength of platinum. In order of strength from lowest to highest, they are 18k gold, platinum, and 14k gold.
    – The difference in price. Since platinum is a rare metal with a higher density and purity than gold, it is almost always worth 40-50% more than gold
    All in all if you have the budget, I would totally recommend platinum over gold.

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