Platinum and silver are both very commonly used metals in jewelry. They look almost identical, which can be very misleading. Because once you go beyond their similar appearances, it's clear that these two metals are completely different. But for most, this can be confusing and lead to a difficult choice on which one to get for their jewelry. As we discuss the differences, we'll make it more clear which metal is best for your jewelry.
As we already mentioned, both metals look strikingly similar with a silver-tone. However, silver is often a dull color and does not stand out. Platinum, on the other hand, tends to shine and have a more aesthetically pleasing tone.
Platinum is the clear winner here. Being one of the toughest metals, platinum doesn't tarnish or corrode. It also has a ridiculously high melting point making it perfect for holding gemstones safely. All it needs is a professional cleaning every 6 months and it'll continue to shine and look brand new.
Silver is much less durable in comparison. It can lose shape and is prone to tarnish or turning black due to the hydrogen sulfide in the air. Silver needs to be cleaned every 2 months to keep it in good shape. While it's definitely manageable, platinum is simply easier to maintain.
Both metals are hypoallergenic and can be worn by people with metal allergies. However, 800 and sterling silver can often be mixed with other metal alloys such as zinc or nickel. These metals can often lead to irritation for those with skin allergies. It's always best to figure out what metals are mixed in with your jewelry before purchasing it.
With all these categories going to platinum's favor, it's no surprise that it comes at a premium. Platinum costs over 40 times as much as silver in the markets. And due to its toughness and high melting point, platinum is one of the most expensive metals to make jewelry out of. Silver's low price makes it much more appealing for costume jewelry, or for those looking to stick to a budget.
So Which One Do I Get?
We've gone over all differences and how they stack up to one another. Platinum lasts longer, is easier to maintain, and has more of a shine to it. But it will also cost more for those reasons. Silver however, can still be maintained, and it is much more affordable. In the end, it comes down to what you want from your jewelry and how much you can afford to spend.
But because both metals look so similar, people often tend to mix them up. If you're not sure what metal you have, you might get only a fraction of what you should be getting if you decide to sell! We can quickly and safely identify your metals and let you know exactly what the real value is for them!