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Platinium versus titanium versus white gold wedding bands

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Platinum is very popular right now, nice but expensive.
Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, so it does not need to be Rhodium plated like white gold.
Platinum is very dense (heavy), so a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18kt gold ring.
Platinum is, however, very expensive. A platinum ring will be approximately twice the price of an 18kt white gold ring (excluding gemstone costs).
Sarah Moore (Princeton, New Jersey): I wanted you to know that both my husband and I have had our platinum rings for 3 years now, and the finish is very dull now. The platinum no longer shines like it did when we bought them. I actually brought my ring back to the jewelers to be cleaned and “re-shined” since the platinum was looking so dull. So, my point is that the platinum also loses that brilliant shine you had when you walked out of the jeweler with it for the first time. I think the only thing that always keeps its shine without having to bring it in occasionally to be rebuffed is yellow gold.

White gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium. White gold can be 18kt, 14kt, 9kt or any karat.
18kt white gold is made by mixing 75% gold with 25% other metals such as silver and palladium.
Traditionally nickel was used in white gold, however, nickel is no longer used in most white gold made today as nickel can cause reactions with some people.
When white gold rings are new they are coated with another white metal called Rhodium.
The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look more white. The natural color of white gold is actually a light grey color. The Rhodium is very white and very hard, but it does wear away eventually. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately each 12 to 18 months.
Gold has more value and possesses a much higher resale value than titanium.
if you plan on gaining some weight over the years, consider going with gold versus titanium, otherwise you might walk around with a very swollen finger.
Owning gold will cost more over time due to the fact that gold needs to have rhodium reapplied every 1 to 2 years to keep from having a dirty, tarnished look.
Gold can be worn for a longer time and retains a higher value over titanium.
Important: when buy white gold ring, check if they have nickel? Nickel causes allergy.
Check what alloy is the white gold?
Rhodium is tremendously reflective (more so than any other metal), it is very hard (which means it can support a very high polish), and it is absolutely brilliant white (whereas white gold is more dull and grayish or slightly yellowish).
Jane Christin (Chicago) said: Our jeweler, who is a family member of my husband told us that especially for very thin bands like mine platinum scratches much easier than white gold. He told us to go for white gold to avoid more scratches. I have had my ring for one year and so far so good. I know someone else who has a thin platinum band and she has a ton of scratches.

Titanium is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 99% pure).
Titanium is extremely long wearing. Titanium is so strong that airplanes use the metal for various parts of construction.
Its natural color is a gray color.
Titanium is very lightweight, so a titanium ring will feel much lighter than an 18kt gold ring and much lighter than a platinum ring.
Titanium is also 100% hypoallergenic.
Unlike other metals (such as gold, platinum and silver) titanium is a difficult metal to work with from a jewelry perspective. Titanium is a very hard metal which wears down jewelry making tools very quickly. Titanium also cannot be soldered (joined by heat).
Titanium is normally less expensive than white gold.
Titanium is a really durable material, but it’s more popular with men’s jewelery.

How is about the mix?
High quality white gold, especially from around a century or so ago, is an alloy of gold and platinum. Most platinum rings should be 900 plat. That means 90% platinum, and 10% iridium. Rings made from this alloy are much harder than gold rings, even white gold, which is harder than yellow. If you are going to have your own rings fabricated I would suggest, much to your jewelers chagrin, that you try the plat/gold alloy. It will be easy to care for, have a less yellow appearance than white gold, be solderable by nearly all jewelers (900 plat is not), and have a more reasonable price than a solid platinum ring.

http://www.chowtaifook.com has a mix ring of platinum and yellow gold.

Conclusion: old days jewelleries seem the best and most durable.

Our brilliant idea for the engraving:
God [love shape] [groom name] [love shape] [bride name]

References:
http://gilletts.com.au/information.php?info_id=26
http://www.preciousglow.com/read/8/278/white-gold-vs.-titanium.html
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5919516_titanium-white-gold-wedding-bands.html
http://gilletts.com.au/information.php?info_id=13
http://www.finishing.com/256/14.shtml (Note: I love this website)

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Written by blueroselady

January 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

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