When it comes to investing in a beautiful jewellery creation, the question of whether to go for Platinum or 18K Gold invariably arises. Both precious metals are valuable and have their own distinct benefits, but aside from the visual preference in the metals, there are many other factors to consider when choosing between the two.
A traditional choice which is still very popular today, the gold that is used for jewellery also contains other alloys which fortify the metal which is too soft to use otherwise. We at Shimansky use only the purest 18K gold which our expert jewellers have tested and found to be sufficiently strong while still maintaining 75% purity.
GIVES YOU MORE COLOUR OPTIONS
Often the deciding factor when it comes to selecting a precious metal is your preference of colour and the other alloys that are added into gold allow manipulation of the natural yellow gold into white or rose gold too. Although white gold jewellery does require re-plating every few months to maintain their appearance, yellow and rose gold rings do not and the choice of three different colours allows for tailoring the jewellery to your skin tone, style and personality.
IS LESS EXPENSIVE
If you’re on a budget you’ll soon discover that gold is a less costly choice than Platinum. Although gold might require slightly more maintenance over time as the metal is softer and does wears down, as an initial outlay gold is a more affordable choice. However we do stress that you should not make your decision based on price alone but rather weigh up all the benefits and make an informed choice that is right for you and the specific jewellery piece.
DOESN’T SCRATCH AS EASILY
Despite being stronger and more durable than 18K gold, Platinum is also more brittle and scratches easier than gold. Although polishing of either metal will restore the appearance to near-new, when gold jewellery is scratched, that metal is worn away and lost, whereas a Platinum scratch simply shifts the metal.
As Platinum is a denser metal than gold, gold jewellery tends to be lighter than the Platinum equivalent. Although some do find heavier jewellery more comfortable and it is ultimately a personal preference, in general lighter jewellery is easier to wear, especially when it comes to larger pieces like necklaces or chandelier earrings which shouldn’t weigh down the wearer.
With Shimansky pioneering the use of this precious metal in South Africa, Platinum has taken the jewellery industry by storm over the past decade and is an ever-more popular choice, especially for pieces that are worn daily and should stand the test of time, like diamond engagement rings. Due to the hardness of the metal, Shimansky and most other reputable jewellers use 95% pure Platinum with a small amount of other metals used to make it more pliable for casting and less brittle.
DOESN’T LOSE ITS COLOUR
Platinum is a naturally white metal (unlike white gold, which is naturally yellow gold in colour) so no matter how often a Platinum ring or necklace is worn, the colour will not change.
IS STRONGER THAN GOLD
The safest setting for diamond and tanzanite jewellery, platinum is a strong and resilient metal which will secure the stones rigidly in place, without compromise. As Platinum does not wear away but rather shifts, claws that hold a gem in place are less likely to grow thin and weaken over time.
REQUIRES LESS MAINTENANCE
As Platinum is stronger than gold, does not wear down with use and does not require re-plating like its white gold equivalent, jewellery crafted from Platinum generally requires less maintenance. That said, all jewellery should be inspected, cleaned and serviced regularly to maintain its appearance and ability to hold diamonds and other precious stones securely in place.
At the end of the day, both Platinum and 18K gold are precious metals that have their own unique benefits for use in jewellery, and the decision is a personal one that needs to be made by carefully weighing up the advantages and disadvantages and deciding which works best for your tastes, your lifestyle, your budget and the actual jewellery piece itself.
For more information or advice, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or pay a visit to one of the Shimansky Boutiques across the nation.