Precious metals, including all gold, platinum and palladium, will be scratched in a very similar way. Based on our experience with thousands of rings, 18-carat yellow is the most striped and 14-carat white (which we prefer not to wear) is the least scratched, with palladium and platinum in the middle. The concept of “wear and tear” with respect to jewelry is interwoven with the individual characteristics of hardness, durability and resistance to scratches. While one metal may be harder than the others, this doesn't necessarily mean that it will last longer than other metals.
Platinum is known for its “durability”, meaning its ability to stand the test of time. The inherent qualities of metals in the platinum family, including palladium, allow the metal to remain relatively intact when damaged. Platinum wears much better than gold, because when the metal gets scratched or dented, it simply moves instead of getting lost. However, it is softer than gold and will show scratches more quickly.
Platinum is more durable than gold in the long term. Because of platinum's density, scratches tend not to wear it out. This is because scratches tend to deform, but not wear down, metal. Therefore, scratches do not affect the color of platinum.
Pure silver is relatively soft, very malleable and is easily damaged, which is why it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The silver we use consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% alloy. Next on the scratch resistance list is silver. Silver ring straps have been very popular for a long time because of their brilliance and relative affordability.
Silver rings are the least expensive precious metal. Affordability is a vital factor if you're on a tight budget, but it's better to invest in a ring made from more durable materials. Silver rings are beautiful, but they should be reserved for evening and relaxing dates to minimize the risk of scratching and dents. For comparison, 14-carat white gold, which has been alloyed with stronger metals to turn it into jewelry and make its normally yellow color white, becomes a harder metal than platinum.
If hit against a hard surface, white gold may leave a small part of itself on the harder surface and show a scratch on its surface. The scratch will be very fine as the hard metal resists the hardest surface. The platinum band that is scratched against the same surface moves and its scratch may appear a little deeper. This is because metal is softer.
Their response to the surface is to give in, to get out of the way. But because of its density, it doesn't leave a little of itself behind. Now you know which metal is the most scratch-resistant for rings, but you might be wondering where to find these rings. This X-ray fluorescence technology can be used as a quick, simple and non-destructive solution for the analysis of precious metals.
The best way to accurately assess whether a piece of jewelry is made of gold or platinum (or some other material) is to use an XRF precious metal analyzer. These metals offer varying degrees of protection, so it's important to know which one is the most durable when it comes to scratches. Tungsten rings come in several colors and styles; there is a lot of variety on the market, and the best part is that this metal is very affordable. However, when scratched or worn, the metal is lost and is therefore not considered to be as durable as platinum.
When white gold is prepared for the manufacture of jewelry, adding alloy metals, for example, 14-karat gold or 58% purity, its hardness increases to 3.5-4.What the MoHS scale doesn't show is how the metal chosen reacts to the toughest obstacles when they collide. While it can break under pressure, it's generally more durable than any other metal ring you can buy. Despite the cost and luxurious reputation of platinum, this shiny precious metal is scratched over time. It can measure the content of all gold, platinum and other precious metals, as well as determine the presence and concentration of other trace elements, alloying elements and hazardous heavy elements, which could affect the health and valuation of the pieces, not to mention how shiny or shiny they may have.