(Closed) Difference between white gold and platinum?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m at the 1 year mark for my white gold band and am getting it redipped next week (the week before the wedding), so it held up pretty well.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Platinum is heavier than white gold.

Platinum is a natural white metal with a rich, distinctive colour tone which, although not as reflective (shiny) as silver or white gold, will not fade or tarnish. To create white gold, yellow gold is alloyed with other metals to achieve a near white look and usually must be rhodium plated to maintain its brilliant white colour.

White gold will need replating to maintain its whiteness. I believe it is recommended that you do this every 6-12 months (depending on how quickly it yellows on you – it varies from person to person). However, I don’t think it is expensive to have your ring replated.

As you’ve got a platinum engagement ring, I strongly recommend getting a platinum wedding band. (I would say to get a white gold band if you had a white gold engagement ring – don’t mix metals!)

If you intend to wear a platinum ring next to a gold one, consider whether there is a way to prevent the platinum from rubbing against the gold so that no damage occurs. Signs of wear may start to show on your wedding band if you mix the two metals but you could get a spacer to sit between the two if you do opt for white gold to protect the band.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have a white gold ring and I’ve never had to have it dipped/filled (I’ve had it for over 2 years).  I wear it daily and I only take it off to clean it occasionally (I have a moissy so I don’t need to clean it often).  I think platinum will patina though, so it might look different from the other ring over time.  Also, depending on your skin chemistry, your white gold ring might yellow over time.  If you’re getting a platinum e-ring, you should probably get a platinum band to match.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with the bee above me saying don’t mix metals.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@ajillity81:  Since your e-ring is platinum, I’d go with platinum if you can. I’m not positive, but I would worry that the plating might rub off faster if it’s constantly rubbing against platinum.

Yes, you need to re-dip white gold. I think the shine of the metal is also slightly different.

If you wanted to mix metals, I’d do something like platinum and yellow gold since they’re different enough… but not white and white since it would look weird to have two slightly different white metals if you know what I mean.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Also, I’ve read that platinum and white gold can begin to look different from one another fairly quickly. I like things to match so this would bug me. Platinum will pick up a kind of soft grey patina whereas most white gold jewellery will begin to oxidise and yellow with exposure to the chemicals released by the skin.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ajillity81:  I think so because they are a similar hardness. I believe gold to be softer than platinum, which is where the concern with the two rings rubbing against one another comes from.

Post # 11
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400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My sister had a platinum engagement ring and white gold band, and they started to look different from each other. She ended up getting a new platinum band so they would match.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

definitely agree to not mix metals. i have a platinum diamond eternity band and just got my white gold engagement ring. i thought i could wear them together but NOPE. you can distinctly tell the difference between the two metals. it looks very off which is too bad 🙁

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I agree with the others that mixing metals is probably not a good idea and you should go with the matching band.

As for white gold versus platinum I have heard each has its ups and downs as does anything. My best friend has had her white gold wedding set for 4 years now and never had it re-dipped. It looks beautiful, you can only now start to see a little yellowing on the back of the band so she probably will need it re-dipped soon. My white gold e-ring came with a lifetime warranty that included rhodium plating for free as often as I want. My jeweler said most women she works with have it done annually.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Platinum is softer, so it bends more, which means less chance of prongs snapping off but high risk of prongs bending. It also scratches easier and deveops a scratch “patina” quickly.

In color, platinum is a darker gray like lead (if it looks white, that’s actually rhodium plating on top that you’re looking at). White gold is whiter and brighter, and if unplated with no nickle in the alloy, may have a slight warm hue.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ll just echo what others said that you shouldn’t mix metals.  I’ve heard a few accounts from people who mixed the two, and the platinum started to “eat” the gold and wear it away.  Platinum wears quite differently than gold.  Platinum is more durable, but it also scratches very easily.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would not mix metals, if I were you.  Keep in mind that any jeweler wants to make the sale, so their information is definitely biased. 

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