Precious Metals Comparison

Before selecting the kind of fine jewelry item you want, you must select a metal type. Gold, Platinum, Palladium and Silver are the most popular options. Each has its own benefits depending on your budgets and needs.

Read below to learn about the different precious metals and differences between them.

What is Gold?

Gold is a precious metal that has been used in jewelry since ancient times. In modern times, gold was even used to back up currency. Worldwide, gold is still the most popular choice for precious metal in jewelry such as wedding rings, engagement rings, and religious items.

For more information about Gold, visit our Gold Buying Guide

What is Platinum?

Platinum is a precious metal of great value. It is nearly three times the price of 14kt Gold. It does not tarnish or fade easily. It has an intense luster and is among the strongest precious metals available for jewelry.

For more information about Gold, visit our Platinum Buying Guide

What is Palladium?

Palladium, or 950Pd, is a rare and precious metal that has many of the properties of platinum while having the nearly the same cost as 14kt Gold. Even though palladium has a hardness similar to platinum, it has a much lower density than platinum. Palladium is also less abrasive than 14kt Gold as a precious metal. Palladium and platinum, which are part of the same metal group, are both hypoallergenic. Palladium wedding bands are very popular and of great value.

For more information about Gold, visit our Gold Palladium Buying Guide

What is Silver?

Fine Silver, or .925 Sterling Silver, is a relatively soft and malleable metal. It has a 92.5 percent purity and is often mixed with copper to make it more durable. It is often used for jewelry where complicated designs are needed. It is less commonly used as a metal type in a wedding band as opposed to other fine jewelry items, such as lockets and earrings. It is the cheapest option, although not comparable to quality of the other precious metals.

For more information about Gold, visit our Gold Silver Buying Guide

For a comparison of metal types, see the chart below. Quickly see the differences between Palladium versus Platinum and other precious metals. Such a guide will help you make a more informed decision about your fine jewelry purchase.

Metal Type Comparision

Palladium Comparision

Metal Type Palladium Platinum 14K Gold 18K Gold
Price About the same as
14K Gold
3x Price of
About the same as
50% More than
14K Gold
Color Grey-White Grey-White White, Yellow, Rose White, Yellow, Rose
White Luster
Precios Metal
Won’t Tarnish or Fade    
 Purity 95% 95% 58% 75%

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