14K Whit Gold vs Platinum

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would think with proper upkeep they would both look the same. Platinum will need to be buffed/polished if you want it to stay shiny, and white gold will need to be redipped occasionally.

If you did no maintenance the platinum will probably get a patina and a soft sort of matte finish on it, and the white gold will probablly warm eventually as the coating wears off.

Post # 4
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231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My e-ring and wedding band are platinum.

 

I’ve been wearing the e-ring since January 2012 and it has all kinds of tiny marks on it that you can see only really close up. From farther away, they have developed a  bit of the patina that platinum is known for. Still shiny, though. My band looks almost the same as the e-ring already, even though I’ve only worn it since October.

 

I have a white gold ring that I wear on my RH and it is way shinier. I got it redipped over the summer.

 

I prefer platinum for the lack of redipping and the strength.

 

I am not hard on my rings – If I am home, I do not wear them. I don’t cook, sleep, shower, clean or even lounge in them.

Post # 5
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@future-mrs:  My platinum ering is 40-50 years old – it was my grandmothers. Compared to the white gold wedding band (approx same age, I’d guess?) she wore with it, there is no real difference that I can remember/see. The band is more yellow, I think, as I don’t believe she got it ‘redipped’ or whatever in the last 5-10 years of her life… Can’t be for sure though.

I haven’t decided what to get for a band yet – either Plat or WG would be fine, I think. I’m not using hers, my sister and I split her set.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A lot is going to depend on your skin chemistry and on how hard you are on your rings. With proper maintenance, they will both look the same.

For white gold, eventually the rhodium plating wears off and the ring will look yellowish. How quickly this happens varies quite a bit. I know someone who must have had acidic skin or something because she had to redip her ring every couple of months (she eventually had it remade in platinum). Some people do it once a year and some people rarely have to do it at all. 

Platinum will develop a “patina” of the little scratches that come with everyday wear. They’re not really noticeable unless you look very closely. My ering is platinum and I had it polished after a little over a year of wear because the jeweler offered to buff it for free while I was looking at wedding bands (it took like 5 minutes).

One really interesting thing about platinum is that it never wears away- when it gets polished, it just pushes the metal back into place. Gold rings eventually have to have their prongs rebuilt and shanks beefed up, because over the years it wears away a bit. This is why old gold rings are often very thin in the part of the shank that faces the palm. 

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