THE PROS AND CONS OF WHITE METALS

Which white metal should I choose?

White Metal Colors
 
Pros Cons
Palladium

  • cool light gray
  • most affordable of the precious metals
  • 95% pure
  • lightweight
  • great for larger, bulkier designs
  • 95% wear resistance
    ("very good" wear resistance)
  • requires expertise in repairs
  • lightweight/low density not ideal for delicate designs
  • Vicker's hardness 125
    (140 special treatment available for additional cost/time)
Platinum
  • 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
  • most expensive
  • high density: heavy for bulky designs
14k White Gold

 
  • more affordable than platinum
  • very good for repairs
  • Vicker's hardness 150
  • our 14k white gold is nickel-free
  • not actually white
  • needs rhodium plating
  • "good" wear resistance
    (wears down over time)
  • only 58.5% pure
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