The resale value of both the alloys, Silver Elite and White Lustrium is not compared that much to either gold or silver. The purchase prices are competitive, but the resale value of these alloys are not considerable for a few grams.
Metal variants and their combination in different proportions give us different alloys. These alloys are used variably in domestic, industrial, and commercial applications. Jewelry making is a field that has undergone major changes due to the use of these newly discovered alloys. Even better and flexible designs are now plausible due to these. Apart from the major noble metals such as gold, silver, and platinum, these metal alloys are capable of resisting any corrosion and maintaining its luster.
White Lustrium and Silver Elite are two such metal alloys that are extensively used by the jewelers to produce imitation jewelry due to their tough physical properties. High on durability and shine, these are generally used for producing class rings or grad rings.
White Lustrium, despite its name, comes in two textures that resemble both White Gold and Silver. The alloy is a combination of the two metals, Nickel (Ni) and Chromium (Cr). Finished White Lustrium products have a brilliant sheen and flattering durability. The finish of the alloy is so durable in itself that it requires no other coating to prevent external damage. However, the durability is non-comparable to that of gold or platinum jewelry. The metallic combination provides a high resistance to corrosion due to its low oxidation properties. Making class rings out of these is exclusive to Jostens only. Low at cost, this metal is an excellent alternative rather than spending a fortune over gold or platinum jewelry, as it costs half as much as 18k gold. Especially when going for decorative jewelry, these are worn for a very short period of time.
Silver Elite is the metallic alloy of sterling silver and platinum along with some other additives for the ease of manufacturing. The combination is roughly 77% silver, 3% platinum, and 20% other metal alloys. The name ‘Silver Elite’ is the registered trademark of Jostens. Instead of using just the sterling silver, this alloy gives better results when cast to make objects. As compared to the White Lustrium, it is even more expensive but is always less than 14k Gold. The finished jewelry out of Silver Elite is coated with a layer of rhodium. Rhodium is also an extremely hard metal and its durability is high. The jewelry coated with rhodium does not get tarnished easily. The rhodium coating makes the jewelry remain free of any corrosion and gives it the shine of platinum, which does not fade with its usage or the passage of time.
Which is Better?
When the budgetary allowance is low and the jewel requirements are classy, then these metal alloys are a good option to get pieces of jewelry customized to suit the need of the hour. Both the metal alloys, being widely adopted for class rings, can be used to design other pieces of jewelry too. White Lustrium may be favored for its low cost, while Silver Elite maybe opted for its higher durability.
Although customers love this as an option to gold jewelry, the jewelers do not. This is because resizing and repair of the jewelry made from these metals maybe quite difficult for the jeweler. Since they are alloys with high durability, they do not absorb heat quite well. Therefore, any attempt to repair or resize the jewelry would leave behind a gap or a mark that cannot be hidden.