Gold VS Silver

In this blog, we will be discussing the all-time-favourite precious metals: Gold and Silver. For the experts in this field, you would probably know the difference, while for the jewellery lovers who might not be as knowledgeable about the different metals, this blog would be perfect for you.

Before we start, let us give a brief definition of gold and silver. Gold, a chemical element, is a lustrous yellow precious metal. Silver, also a chemical element, is a shiny greyish-white metal. 

These elements are used for a wide variety of purposes, but one common use (which is also our favourite) is in the making of jewellery. Both gold and silver are mixed with other metals to form different types of gold and silver for jewellery. 

This part is kind of where it might get a little more confusing.

For gold, there are many percentages of how much gold are used. However, the most common mix would be 14K, 18K, 22K and 24K. The “K” stands of karat and is basically the parts of gold against 24K (100%). For example, 22K gold means that there are 22 out of 24 karat/parts of gold in the metal. In another word, there is 91.6% pure gold in it, which is why 22K is also commonly known as 916 gold. 

For silver, the most common type would be 925 or 999 silver. Similar to the way gold purity is calculated, 925 silver means that there are 92.5% of silver while 999 silver means that there’s 99.9% of silver in the metal.

For both metals, the higher content would make it more valuable. Do note that this does not mean it is the best for all users because it would typically mean that the metal is softer and therefore easier to be bent or scratched. 

When shopping for a piece you'll wear frequently, for example wedding bands, gold would be a much better choice. Gold is more durable, more scratch-resistant than sterling silver, and it doesn’t tarnish at all. However, keep in mind that the hardness of gold also depends on its purity/karats.

This brings us back to the fact that gold jewellery is generally more expensive than silver. This is mainly due to the rarity and durability of gold. Silver is also more likely to tarnish over time and may even cause an allergic reaction in some wearers. 

However, this is not to say that you should never buy silver jewellery. Apart from being much more affordable, Silver also has a nice shiny appearance and is relatively durable (does not rust!) compared to some other metals as well. 

Can you think of any other differences between gold and silver?