Understanding Platinum, Gold and Other Metals Used in Jewelry in Coconut Grove

diamond-necklace-pendant-with-bowJewelry crafted from platinum is esteemed to be highly precious because platinum is extremely rare and typically one of the most expensive metals used in jewelry. Although some individuals consider the high price tag to be a negative selling point, there are multiple advantages to the use of platinum as compared to other metals used in jewelry making.

Platinum Positives

Three big reasons platinum is often chosen over gold are purity, durability and platinum is hypoallergenic.

  • One of the defining characteristics of platinum is that it is one of the purest metals. Platinum used in jewelry making is generally between 95% and 99% pure.
  • Unlike softer metals like gold, platinum lasts much longer in jewelry without showing significant signs of wear. Rings made of platinum require less repair over time as their prongs do not break, wear or easily bend. The diamonds or other precious gemstones placed into a platinum setting are safer and more secure.
  • Platinum jewelry needs much less polishing than other metals and allows (white or yellow gold) because unlike softer metals it is not as easily scratched.
  • Individuals who exhibit allergic reactions to gold and other metals absolutely love platinum because the high purity level of the metal does not cause allergic reactions. People who are allergic to nickel, which is often a key component in gold (to make it more durable), often find that 10-karat or even 14-karat yellow gold provokes skin irritations. No such irritation or reaction occurs when platinum is used.

White Gold

White gold lacks the purity of platinum and is really just a mixture of yellow gold and another white metal which is then covered with rhodium. The rhodium plating wears off over time eventually exposing the yellowish gold metal alloy layer underneath. When this occurs the value of your white gold jewelry decreases and necessitates having the jewelry re-plated to restore its condition and value. Re-plating often comes with a high price tag. Platinum, due to its hardness and purity of construction doesn’t exhibit wear problems which require any re-plating.

Silver Jewelry

While certainly more affordable than platinum, silver jewelry tarnishes and requires greater care. Silver is a softer and less durable metal so when you are choosing jewelry you intend to wear often, platinum is the clear winner.

Another problem with silver is that it tarnishes with time; you must clean your silver pieces more often. Silver’s redeeming quality is that it is much more affordable than platinum.

Tungsten Jewelry

Tungsten looks much like platinum but is considerably cheaper and won’t scratch as easily as platinum. Tungsten is difficult to cut and rings are not as readily resized when made of this metal. In addition, tungsten rings can only be engraved using a laser.

Titanium Jewelry

Titanium, palladium and platinum are very good choices for individuals suffering allergic reactions to metal. Titanium is lighter, more durable and more affordable than platinum, however scratches are harder to remove from it. Titanium is often preferred because of its light weight.

Palladium Jewelry

Palladium, also hypoallergenic, is lighter and cheaper than platinum while giving a beautiful look to any jewelry piece.

Jackie Abraham Jewelers Provides Free Jewelry Appraisals

If you are having difficulty determining what kind of metal or metal alloy combination has been used in a piece of jewelry, do not hesitate to call Jackie Abraham Jewelers. We are delighted to take a look at your jewelry and provide you with complete details of the metals used and the value of your fine or estate jewelry. For four generations the Abraham family has stood for integrity and fair dealing with clients. As a leading buyer of jewelry from the public, Jackie Abraham purchases jewelry, diamonds and watches of all qualities.

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Sell Estate Jewelry Coconut Grove

If you’re asking yourself, “where to sell estate jewelry,” we guarantee that if you’ll consider to selling your estate jewelry, gold and diamonds to Jackie Abraham Jewelers, it’ll be as easy as 1-2-3.

When you have estate jewelry, antique jewelry, gold, diamonds, engagement rings or other fine jewelry to sell in Coconut Grove, Jackie Abraham’s wants to make you an offer. Our store is conveniently located in Bay Harbor Islands and we would be happy to schedule a free consultation with you. Simply call or complete the contact form.


Jackie Abraham Jewelers not only sells pieces of jewelry but also buys them from you. If you’re looking for the most trusted place in Coconut Grove to sell estate jewelry, feel free to contact us.

We continually strive to give our Coconut Grove clients the highest possible return for any estate jewelry they have to sell. We have associations with a high-end retail jewelry providers around the United States which allows us to market your jewelry directly to our clients across the country. You benefit from this because this direct method allows us to cut out middle men and to pay top dollar for your estate jewelry.


We have certified and fully experienced gemologists to serve you when you sell estate jewelry. We give you a fair and thorough appraisal of your antique and estate jewelry. You will be provided a full consultation with a GIA-certified gemologist in which all of your questions will be answered. If you accept our offer to buy your estate jewelry, you will be immediately paid. There is never any obligation to accept our offer when you sell estate jewelry to Jack Abraham Jewelers.

In addition to estate jewelry, Jackie Abraham specializes in sales and purchases all types of diamonds, gold, platinum, watches and other fine jewelry. Don’t hesitate to call us or drop by our store.

Five stars doesn’t do this place justice! I was panicked and needed a large sum of money this past week. Unfortunately, I decided to part with the beautiful antique brooch my aunt had passed along to me. I called, emotional and panicking, only to discover that Jackie Abraham and his professional staff understood my situation. Jackie assured me that he could help me and told me to bring the brooch into the jewelry store. During the consultation I was given a thorough explanation of all the details that affect the value of my estate jewelry. I received a generous payout from helpful, trustworthy and caring people. If you want to buy or sell gorgeous jewelry in a store that has amazing customer service, call Jackie’s today.” – S. Huffington


If you are selling estate jewelry, gold, loose diamonds, diamond rings, earrings, or necklaces you don’t have to go anywhere else. We offer the highest possible rates in the business and we provide a team of certified gemologists. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation if you are interested in selling, trading in or trading up. Find out what your family and estate heirlooms are worth. We look forward to serving you.

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If you are going to sell estate jewelry it will be helpful to understand what estate Jewelry is. Periods of history that are usually included in “estate jewelry” include Early Victorian, Mid-Victorian, Late Victorian, Arts and Crafts era, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro. Each period had its own influences and styles.