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Gold, Platinum, Palladium??

Posted: November 6, 2012

 Ever wonder what the difference between Platinum, white gold and silver is? Here is some basic information from our education section on our website. If you have any questions please come in and see one of our experts!!

PRECIOUS METALS

Platinum

Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold and it takes almost ten tons of ore to produce just one ounce of platinum. Platinum is known for its brilliant white lustre, hardness, density and hypoallergenic properties. These characteristics of platinum are due to its relative purity; most platinum jewellery is 95% pure. This purity allows people who have allergies to other metals the opportunity to still wear beautiful jewellery, while ensuring that the jewellery can be polished and not fade or tarnish.

Gold

Pure gold is known as 24 karat gold (24k), but most jewellery is made from 18k swiss replica watches, 14k, or 10k gold. Pure gold is not often used in jewellery as it is a relatively soft metal and does not wear well. Because of this gold is usually alloyed with other metals to make it harder and better able to stand up to everyday use. Depending on the alloy used, omega replica watches gold can be manufactured in many different colors including: white, pink, green, and chocolate.

Silver

Silver jewellery is most often composed of a particular alloy of silver called sterling silver; 92.5% silver with 7.5% of another metal (usually copper). Sterling silver is harder than pure silver, making it more suitable for jewellery and tableware. Less costly than gold rolex replica watches, silver is often used as a practicing material for goldsmith apprentices baby care tips and for more artistic or unusual jewellery pieces. Silver is often plated with pure silver or rhodium to give it a bright, shiny finish and to keep it from Rolex Day-Date Replica Watches tarnishing. Tarnished silver pieces can be cleaned easily with liquid or paste cleaners or polishing cloths, many of which are commercially available.

Palladium

Palladium is a relatively new metal to the world of jewellery. It belongs to the platinum group of metals and shares many of the same characteristics as platinum. Like platinum, palladium is a silvery white in colour and is used in a relatively pure form (95%). Palladium is less dense than platinum and less expensive, making it a popular modern jewellery alternative.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular metal for use in contemporary jewellery. Long an industry standard in watch bracelets and cases, stainless steel is currently becoming prevalent in bold, fashionable jewellery pieces. Modern stainless steel is extremely durable, corrosion-resistant, hypo-allergenic, and affordable.

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