Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between platinum and white gold?
There are many differences between platinum and white gold. Platinum is a strong white metal that is heavily marketed by the jewelry industry. The cost of platinum is higher than most other metals used in the jewelry making process simply because there is much less of it on the earth. Because of platinum's rarity, you will find more disparity in the price of jewelry made with it than any other metal. Some of the physical properties that differentiate platinum from gold are the weight of the metal, the heat necessary to solder, and especially the effects of wear on the piece itself. Platinum is actually quite soft and will develop a patina (or actually more like a dented and scratched appearance) in a short time after wearing. White gold jewelry will hold a shine better, but could possibly need rhodium plating some time after extended wear. Rhodium is white, hard liquid metal plating that is used frequently on white gold as well as platinum jewelry.

What is the best way to clean my jewelry?
The best way to clean diamond jewelry is to use ammonia and water with a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Use a small brush (a soft toothbrush works wonderfully!). If your jewelry is very dirty, you can soak it in the solution to loosen up the dirt, and then scrub lightly with the brush. A clean, lint-free cloth will take off fingerprints. For jewelry with colored stones—and especially anything with pearls—ammonia may not be appropriate. It is safest to use warm, soapy water and a soft brush for any other type of jewelry.