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metals guide

precious metal options

platinum

Appearance

Platinum is a naturally lustrous silvery white, and because of its beauty and hypoallergenic status is a sought after metal for jewelry.

durability

Platinum requires very little maintenance, as it is corrosion resistant and does not tarnish. It is also less malleable than gold.

Price

Platinum is the most expensive of the precious metals, due to stunning appearance and superior durability.

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18K white gold

Appearance

18K white gold has a similar silvery white appearance to platinum, making it another stunning choice for jewelry. It is generally not suggested for those with a nickel allergy.

durability

Because it features rhodium plating, white gold must be re-plated with some regularity to maintain its color.

Price

White gold is more affordable than platinum, but requires more maintenance, so it may accrue more cost in the long run.

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14k rose gold

Appearance

Rose gold is a lovely alloy of gold and copper, with a lustrous blush-pink tone.

durability

The copper in the alloy lends strength to 14K rose gold, so it is a durable choice which does not require extra maintenance.

Price

Rose gold is more affordable than platinum, and has approximately the same price point as white gold and yellow gold.

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18k yellow gold

Appearance

18K yellow gold boasts the rich hue for which gold is famous, and its luster is beautiful.

durability

18K yellow gold is 75% fine gold and 25% alloys added to strengthen the metal, making it suitably durable for everyday wear.

Price

18K yellow gold is more affordable than platinum, and at the same price point as white gold and rose gold.

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recycled precious metals

As part of our commitment to social and environmental responsibility, all of Brilliant Earth’s jewelry is crafted using recycled precious metals. Precious metals mining has a history of environmental degradation and social injustice, and choosing recycled precious metals reduces demand for new mining. Our precious metals are re-refined to their purest state, and so are of identical quality to their newly mined counterparts.

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