gold & platinum
The difference between 14k and 18k
is the amount of gold used in the metal.
14k is the American standard and is
harder and tends to have more durability for hard wear. It is
just over half gold and can take on more of the color when selecting
a fancy colored gold (pink, white or green) Pink gold in 14k is
a strong pink to red color. White gold is a white/silver color
in 14k. Green gold is 14k is a pale green color with a silvery
18k is the European standard and is
softer and heavier. It is three quarters gold and tends to have
a stronger gold tint to it. Pink gold in 18k it is a peach pink.
White gold in 18k is a white/silver color with hints of gold.
Green gold in 18k has more gold tone.
Platinum is a different metal altogether.
It is made up of 95% platinum and weighs more than the same ring
in 14k or 18k gold. The color of platinum when shined is like
a silver mirror finish similar to chrome that has been wet. The
platinum finish dulls to a steely gray which gets a pretty patina.
It can be refinished to get the high sheen again.