Checking Out Your Chain Options: Gold vs. White Gold vs. Platinum

Whether you’re looking to accent your ensemble or invest in a new eye-catching centerpiece for your jewelry collection, the Cuban chain is nothing short of versatile.

The only question, then, is what kind of look you’re going for.

And if you’re not sure which material would be the most functional and aesthetically pleasing for your new chain, we have a breakdown available below for your perusing:

Pursuing Golden Goals

Traditional gold — also known as yellow gold — has been historically relied upon for its value, making it desirable as currency, jewelry, and more. The most hypoallergenic of all gold forms, including white gold and rose gold, yellow gold is the easiest to maintain and may only require occasional polishing.

That being said, gold does not rank high on the Mohs scale, meaning it is generally softer and more susceptible to denting or scratching. Thus, gold jewelry typically features alloys with copper or zinc to further strengthen the material.

“A higher karat amount means a purer gold content,” the Diamond Pro reports. “However, this also means a less durable metal. For this reason, usually 14K or 18K gold is used to mount engagement and wedding rings.”

Traditional yellow gold remains a highly popular choice for a chain and will doubtlessly please the wearer.

Why Consider White Gold

White gold’s primary difference from yellow gold is its color, as implied by the name.

“White gold was originally developed to imitate platinum (a naturally white metal),” according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). “White gold is usually an alloy containing about 75% gold and about 25% nickel and zinc. If stamped 18 karat, it would be 75% pure gold.”

Oftentimes, white gold falls in the same general price range as yellow gold, albeit it is harder to maintain and may need to be dipped every few years to renew its rhodium plating and consequential luster.

Thankfully, white gold — as a result of its varied alloys — is known for being stronger than traditional gold.

Achieving Perfection with Platinum

40% heavier than gold, platinum is a highly-lauded material known for its overall durability and appears nearly identical to white gold.

“Platinum jewelry has a high level of purity that makes it naturally hypoallergenic and, thus, the perfect choice for people with sensitive skin,” Jewelers of America explains. “In the United States, platinum jewelry generally contains 85- to 95-percent pure platinum.”

Platinum also usually comes at a higher price point, as it is rarer than gold, though it may require more frequent polishing and cleaning.

However, when all is said and done, there’s not necessarily any one “best” material for a chain — only what’s best for you.

But if you’re having difficulty settling on an option, or if you’d like to explore other jewelry styles while you’re at it, we can help! As Jacksonville’s #1 independent jeweler, our team is ready to help you put a new gleam in your eye.

So, are you ready to browse our online inventory or in-store shelves?

It’s time to contact Hemming Jewelers! From jewelry appraisal to engravings, custom design services, and more, we look forward to assisting you. Call us today at 904-354-5959 to learn more!