(Closed) 18K white gold vs. platinum

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: which one?
    18K white gold : (49 votes)
    44 %
    platinum : (62 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    we chose white gold because it was way cheaper.  i wanted platinum initially but it was way too far out of budget.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Hm. Not sure about the platinum being more easily scratched than 18K Gold.

    From what I understand it is VERY hard to scratch platinum and even when you do the metal gets pushed to the side. Whereas with gold it gets scratched off.

    In the same realm it makes platinum very hard to work with so any work you need on it in the future will also be more expensive.

    I’m a highly destructive person so FI chose platinum for me and my band will also be platinum. Expensive, heck yes! But worth it!

    If my ering was white gold I will probably go with white gold band as well.

    Post # 5
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    11328 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I have a platinum set and initially i really thought my fi kind of wasted his money on it because i couldn’t tell the difference between that and white gold. Now? I am SO glad he got me this. First, the weight of it is really nice. I can’t really tell you why, but I just really like how substantial my ring feels. Also, it DOES scratch/patina…. but 1) its super easy to get buffed out every year if you want to keep the shine and 2) I actually like it. It turns into more of a brushed grey metal rather than supershiny white.. and I feel like it makes the diamonds in the band really pop. my e-ring is 8 months old and my wedding ring is still unworn… i actually prefer the look of my e-ring!

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I vote for platinum. As others have mentioned, it doesn’t need replated like white gold does; and it doesn’t lose metal when scratched.

    I also like the “heft” of platinum, it is heavier than white gold.

    My setting cost $400 more in platinum than white gold.

    Post # 7
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I personally prefer gold of any kind to platinum–it just has a warmer feel. White gold will have to be resurfaced every 10 years or so, and if you wear a gold ring long enough, you might have to add some more gold to the band if it wears down. To me, this is just a part of the natural malleability of gold.

    Either way, you can’t go wrong! Both are beautiful.

    Post # 8
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I may have choosen white gold for the cost savings (not 100% sure since ultimately I didn’t have a hand in picking my ering), but FI went with platinum cause he liked how much more weight it had to it.  After comparing it to a 18k white gold ring I have, I def prefer the whiter/greyness of the platinum band.

    Post # 9
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    988 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have 19K white gold and LOVE IT! hahaha sorry I am no help 🙂

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011 - The Viceroy

    If the shine is more important to you go with the white gold, if the white/grey color is more important to you go with the platinum.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Also my 19k ring is whiter than 18k looks more like platinum!

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    If your setting is going to be delicate, consider 14K white gold.  It looks the same as 18K white gold, but it is stronger.  Platinum is more bendable than both white golds, and as a result it’s not as good at holding its shape in delicate settings.  Our jeweler showed us very delicate white gold and platinum rings, and the platinum rings were all bent.  While white golds, especially 14K, are quite bend resistant, they are more likely than platinum to wear away with time.  However, if you have a nice deep band made, that won’t be a problem.

    I also could have afforded platinum and I initially wanted platinum, but because I wanted a delicate and detailed setting, I chose 14K white gold.  If you want something more substantial, it shouldn’t matter.  Platinum has the advantage of being quite hefty feeling, if you like that.  And 18K white gold is heavier than 14K white gold.

    As far as wear, platinum “patinas” and white gold loses its rhodium plating with time.  I think patina is ugly just like I think white gold that’s lost its rhodium is ugly.  Both just need yearly or biyearly care.  Platinum can be buffed out, and white gold can be replated.  Neither is a generally a deal breaker.  My white gold rings generally only lose their rhodium on the underside where you can’t see it anyway.

    Post # 13
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    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Like others have mentioned, unless you like the “worn” look of either (duller/grey for platinum, or slight yellowing for white gold), you’ll have to get the ring replated about once a year for either.  So if price isn’t an issue, I’d say pick based on which “worn” color you can deal with better.

    I have 18k white gold setting, chosen primarily on price.  My “tiffany” setting (white gold with platinum prongs) was like $350 at the time – the platinum version would have been like $600 for the same setting.

    I’ve had the ring over a year and I notice some slight yellowing on the “palm” side of the ring where it gets more wear and tear.  The top and prongs still look silvery.  It’s nothing that anyone else would ever notice, but I can tell.  I’m going to have it replated.  It’s not that big a deal, I can drop it off and pick it up the same morning.

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have platinum for my wedding band, because it matches my e-ring. But that’s really the only reason…my FI is getting white gold for his band because it is more durable than platinum, which shoes scrapes and bangs more easily (although as pps stated, those can be buffed out).

    Post # 15
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    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My ring is 18K white gold.  I have had it for seven months and the bottom is definatly turning a goldosh colot, but I will just have them replate it!  We orginally wanted to go with platinum, but our jeweler talked us out of it saying its more expsensive and no one can really tell the difference!  I love my ring

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I prefer white gold. Honestly I tried on some platinum rings and just didn’t like the feel of it on my skin. Plus it was cheaper and the jeweler said it actually dings less than platinum, however I’ve heard conflicting things about that. Either way, I don’t think it makes a real difference.

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