Platinum, White Gold or Palladium – which one should I choose?

This is a question we are asked every day and as the three options available are all visually quite similar – it can be confusing until we explain the merits and properties of each precious metal, and also the different costs involved.

Platinum is the ideal choice as this beautiful metal is the whitest and strongest. It is also the rarest and heaviest – and if you have the budget it is excellent for engagement rings, wedding rings, eternity rings and diamond settings.

White Gold
Traditionally in recent times, the alternative to Platinum has been white gold. Many people think it’s mined this colour, but it is in fact an alloy created by mixing gold (which is yellow) with white metals such as Palladium and Silver. Correctly proportioned these turn the yellow gold quite a white colour, but the completed item still needs to be Rhodium Plated (a very white, thin but hard, precious metal coating) to give the white look of Platinum.
Depending on what alloy of white gold a manufacturer might use, the underlying colour beneath the Rhodium plate can vary greatly and we can explain the way to avoid issues with this to you.

We will also show you Palladium which is a very white precious metal; part of the platinum family.  This increasingly popular option has had hallmark status since January 2010 and is a very viable and more economical alternative to 18 carat white gold, as well as being whiter.

So to help you choose, call in and we will share our depth of knowledge and expertise to help you make the right choice.

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