Platinum and white gold: Make the right choice so you don’t have to sell jewellery for cash later

Many Festive Season shoppers are stuck between two jewellery choices – platinum and white gold. Both these modern metals can be an excellent choice for everything from earrings to bracelets to rings and every jewellery item in between.

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Now the question remains, which one to choose? You don’t want to make the wrong decision and then end up having to sell jewellery for cash. Here are a few of the key facts you should bear in mind when deciding between white gold and platinum. However, if you do end up making the wrong decision, we buy gold and diamonds as well as other jewellery items in a secure environment.

Let’s start with white gold. First off, there is no such thing as pure white gold. White gold is a mixture of yellow gold with other metals such as silver or nickel. It is often coated with rhodium to make it whiter and shinier but this coating eventually starts to wear away. White gold jewellery needs to be re-dipped every couple of years so that it can maintain its white colour. This may seem like a bit of a hassle, but the process is not expensive and most jewellers do it for free.

Platinum, on the other hand, naturally has a greyish white colour but this does fade over time and become more yellowish. Add to this the loss of shine and you end up with almost the same problem as you would encounter with white gold. In order to get shine back to your platinum jewellery items, you will need to have it professionally shined and this can often cost quite a bit of money.

A second factor to bear in mind is that platinum, in general, is more expensive than gold as it is a rarer substance than gold. It is also heavier than gold and this provides a nice solid feel to platinum jewellery that is often missing from white gold jewellery. White gold is available in 14K and 18K versions. The 18K version is more valuable than the 14K version, but it is also a lot less durable.

In terms of allergies, platinum is generally hypoallergenic while white gold, which is often mixed with nickel, can cause allergic reactions.

If you have already made a purchase and changed your mind, we buy gold and diamonds as well as other jewellery. Take a look at our how to sell jewellery page and sell your items in a safe and secure environment today.

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