Everyone knows the obvious discrepancies between Silver, Gold and the elusive Platinum, but there are many hidden facts that separate these precious metals. Here we will break down the differences between Silver and Gold, and then Gold and Platinum (we wouldn’t want to insult Platinum by even comparing it to Silver).
Gold vs. Silver
known on the Period Table of Elements as “Au”, with the Atomic Number 79.
Historically, the most popular in all forms of jewelry, especially in both men’s and women’s wedding rings. A huge plus is that it does not tarnish when exposed to the elements. Unlike chicken at McDonald’s, gold naturally occurs in nugget form. Gold has been used in coinage, jewelry and arts before recorded time. The term “the gold standard” refers to the monetary policy that was used all the way until the 1930’s.
Gold is classified in “Karats”, ranging from 9 to 24. All that these numbers actually connote is the amount of pure gold in the jewelry or item being described. For instance, a ring that is 24K is, in essence, pure gold. One that is 9K is mostly comprised of other metals, like silver or copper, and technically can not be categorized as “gold jewelry” (must be 10K or higher, by U.S. standards).