Are you one of those who love the shine and the silvery look of the jewels? You don’t always have to use silver; you can also use platinum and titanium. Today, more people are even using it as wedding rings or bands.
Notice though that they will look almost the same as your silver with one metal being pricey and hard to come by while the other is readily accessible and affordable.
I know it can be hard to choose the metal you like between them if someone presented them to you. This is especially true if you are a beginner on the jewelry scene. As such, we are going to help you understand this topic best.
Understanding these metals
This metal has all the better, mainly because it’s abundant and mine in the earth’s crust. It comes in grey silver color, and yet it’s one of the few metals that you can anodize to form other colors of the metals.
Here you, therefore, have an abundant metallic element that you can make perfect jewels with. Notice, though, that they are readily available.
These metals were first founded in Greece in the 18th century then named after the titans. A significant characteristic of it is that it’s a transitional element in the periodic table.
One thing about it though, is that it has a strong with perfect appearance but still cheaper than most precious metals.
Since the ancient years, ‘ people have used platinum as part of their most valuable possession. If you go back to history, you will realize that this metal was used 5000years ago in Egypt. However, by the 19th century, the use of platinum in most jewels increased. This was also when it was categorized in the list of the most precious kinds of ornaments.
You ought to know that about 60% of the jewels are from South Africa. Nonetheless, it’s important to mention that of all the metals; it’s one of the rarest to come by. This is why people are considering using it in their wedding rings or even engagement rings.
Even though it’s rare, it has all the real goodness; it won’t tarnish or corrode, and yet it’s a tough metal, which makes it also durable. One thing to mention though is that since the minerals are scarce, you will not have the pure form of the platinum on your jewels. Often it comes in the form of an alloy, or sometimes it’s used just to coat the base metals.
It’s easy to know the amount of platinum in the alloy. Just like other metals like silver, you will need to check the hallmark. Here’s what you expect to see.
- 950 Plat- that shows that it has 95% platinum and 5% alloy.
- 900 Plat- that has 90% plat and 10% alloy.
- 850 Plat – it has 85% plat and 15% other metals.
- 800 Plat – it has 80% platinum and 20% other metals.
When it has no label- it says the platinum is less than 50%.
In most cases, though, you will have the platinum coming in at 850 Plat or 950 Plat, which has a high level of platinum in the jewel. Notice that platinum below 95% isn’t considered pure platinum will be given an alloy name.
What are the differences?
Titanium comes in a deeper shade of silver-grey. But remember, you can anodize titanium to come up with several colors. If you like colorful jewelry, then you will find this type to be useful since it will deliver different colors. You can even have it coming in black color, you know.
Platinum, on the other hand, is going to come in a whiter silver color than your titanium. For those who like the whiter jewels, then platinum is the best choice. Also, considering it’s a precious metal, you can use it for any event.
The good thing though, is that the platinum and the titanium will retain their colors through the time you have them. Just make sure you take care of them anyway.
We just have to ask this since most jewels have a tarnishing problem.
Titanium, in its pure form, will never tarnish. It’s one of those non-reactive metals; therefore, it will maintain its color. Even the permanent black titanium will never tarnish, and this goes to show you that it’s a safe jewel to use.
Platinum doesn’t tarnish either. Remember, we mentioned above that it will maintain its color. Over time, however, it will develop a better layer of patina, and this is not tarnishing remember.
Are they hypoallergenic?
Most people think that they are not, but these metals are hypoallergenic, especially in their pure form. This is the one feature that they have in common, and yet it’s a great feature since most jewels today will cause skin reactions.
Anyone with skin sensitivity should consider either of the two because, for the first time, you may wear a metal without having to think twice about it. They don’t have any reactive metals in them, and mostly even when you form a platinum alloy, it still won’t have the nickel in the metal.
Titanium medics use it for surgical implants, and that goes to show you that it’s one of the best options of jewel anyone can ever use.
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Let’s talk about metal strength.
The truth is that both metals, in this case, are durable. But platinum though said to be strong, is not a strong as titanium. In fact, when talking of the hardest metal in the world, titanium tops the list.
It appears to be like three times the hardness of steel. This has all the good in it since it will not dent easily or even scratch. Also, it won’t bend easily, and this is a significant factor for its durability.
Because of this hardness, if the titanium is scratched, it’s hard to restore it to the original shape. Compared to the platinum, you can restore its unique stature with ease.
On the downside, the hardness means you can’t resize the titanium. If you, for example, got a bigger ring, it won’t be easy to alter the size. If you had platinum through, you will easily resize it if you need to. I mean, it’s too hard to change its look even a little bit.
It’s important to talk about this topic because everyone wants to buy metal that they are sure will last longer. We have said before that both metals don’t corrode or tarnish, which is a plus for them.
Platinum is just as durable as titanium is, although titanium may last even longer due to its hardness. It will stand the tension, and nothing can ever tamper with the metals. Titanium is, therefore, more durable.
You know titanium is not listed as one of the most precious metals even though you still think it should be on it. As such, titanium is cost-effective when you compare to platinum. Platinum is one of the costliest metals, and you should understand that it’s for the following reasons.
Platinum is denser than other precious metals like silver and gold. It’s about 60% denser than a regular 14K gold. This is the number one reason why it’s costly.
This one would be obvious because platinum is much rare than other metals in the list of jewelry metals. Remember, we said earlier that finding gold is even much easier than finding platinum, thus increasing the need and ultimately value.
The jewels that platinum makes have a higher level of purity. Notice that unless the jewel is 80% pure platinum, it’s not considered a platinum jewel. On the contrary, for gold, you can have even less than 75% gold, and it’s still considered a type of gold.
It’s more work to craft the platinum jewel than it is to craft any other metal jewel. You will also need a very high temperature to make it work.
Although titanium is harder it’s lightweight. I know most people can’t understand how this is possible, but it’s the case. On the other hand, platinum is like the heaviest jewel metal in the market.
The design creativity
Of course, even though you may need to be creative to make some of the best jewels, you need the right metals. In this case, the best metal is platinum. Remember, it’s softer compared to tough titanium and, at times, even harder to manage. You can use platinum for different styles of necklaces, bracelets rings, and anklets.
Finally, which one should I choose?
In the end, we have the answer to the question you may ask. Of course, they offer you different goodness. So if you don’t mind the price, you should choose platinum that can create a unique jewel of your dream. However, if the cost is an issue for you, you can select the titanium that will last longer, and it can come in different colors too.