Gold and Platinum Made Simple

When you have chosen your Bakker diamond and designed your ring with Peter, you will probably be wondering about the type of metal your jewellery should be made in. Platinum ,white gold, yellow gold and rose gold are the most popular. However, many people are unsure of the difference between white gold and platinum due to the fact they look almost identical in a newly made piece of jewellery. Here are some facts to help you decide.

Platinum is one of the rarest and most sought after precious metals. Most people do not realise how rare platinum is. It takes 10 tons of ore and a five-month process to make 1 ounce of platinum. It is very strong, heavy and dense and will secure diamonds and other precious gems very well in their settings.

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As with any and all precious metals including gold and silver, platinum can be scratched and marked, busy lifestyles and carkeys are the main offenders.

Platinum jewellery is one of the purest metals and our platinum jewellery contains 95% of pure platinum. On the other hand, 18 karat gold is only 75% pure and 9 karat gold is 37.5% pure gold.

Another advantage to platinum is that it will never tarnish or lose its rich white luster. Any type of jewellery set in platinum will be a rare classic and timeless piece.

If you prefer to have your Bakker Diamonds jewellery manufactured in white gold, the natural unplated color is actually a very light yellow color, it can be rhodium plated simply and easily to give the white gold a beautiful white lustre similar to platinum. By coating the white gold with Rhodium (another white metal belonging to the ‘platinum’ group of metals) we can make your jewellery beautifully white however it does wear away eventually. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately every 12 to 18 months. This process is simple and inexpensive.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on peter@bakkerdiamonds.com