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THE PROS AND CONS OF WHITE METALS

Which White Metal Should I Choose?

White Metal Colors

PROS

CONS

Platinum
delicate leaf wedding band with diamonds

  • cool light gray color

  • best all around metal

  • great for lightweight designs

  • excellent for repairs

  • "excellent" wear resistance
    (won't lose weight over time)

  • Vicker's hardness 130
    (150 special treatment available for additional cost/time)

  • 95% pure

  • more expensive than white gold

  • high density: heavy for bulky designs

14k White Goldafrican love symbol wedding band in natural white gold

  • more affordable than platinum

  • very good for repairs

  • Vicker's hardness 150

  • our 14k white gold is nickel-free
  • Can be rhodium dipped for bright white color (commercial standard)
  • Natural color is warm (shown on left)
  • not actually white

  • needs rhodium plating

  • "good" wear resistance

    (wears down over time)

  • only 58.5% pure

18k White Gold
18k white gold

  • medium gray color

  • excellent all around metal

  • great for lightweight designs

  • excellent for repairs

  • "very good" wear resistance
    (won't lose weight over time)

  • Vicker's hardness 130
    (150 special treatment available for additional cost/tim)

  • 75% pure

  • more expensive than 14k white gold

  • high density: heavy for bulky designs

 

Palladium

modern wedding band with vintage millegrain details

  • cool light gray
  • 95% pure
  • lightweight
  • great for larger, bulkier designs
  • 95% wear resistance
    ("very good" wear resistance)
  • Currently unavailable due to high expense
  • requires expertise in repairs
  • lightweight/low density not ideal for delicate designs
  • Vicker's hardness 125
    (140 special treatment available for additional cost/time)
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