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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
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. Currently, due to the recent disproportionate increases in the price of Gold and Palladium compared to Platinum, some items that we are now quoting to produce are actually costing close to or less in Platinum than if they were made in 18ct White Gold or Palladium.

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 an off-white colour, so the completed item then needs to be plated with Rhodium; a very white, thin but hard, precious metal coating, to give it the very 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.

Palladium
We can also show you Palladium, another white precious metal part of the platinum family, but Palladium is slightly greyer. One great benefit over Platinum is that the same item made in Palladium would be almost half the weight so may be more suitable for say a large pair of earrings.  Palladium has had precious metal hallmark status since January 2010 and up until recently had been a more economical alternative to 18ct white gold, and Platinum but no longer, as at the time of this update (Dec 2019), it is now more than twice the price of Platinum per gram.

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


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