Help! White Gold or Platinum?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: White Gold or Platinum? Which should I get? (Cost not a problem)
    White Gold 14K : (8 votes)
    16 %
    White Gold 18K : (5 votes)
    10 %
    Platinum : (37 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 2
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    Newbee

    Some info from Gillett’s jewelers and Do Amore as I don’t have personal experience…

    When white gold rings are new, they are coated with another white metal called Rhodium. Rhodium is a metal very similar to platinum and Rhodium shares many of the properties of platinum, including its white color.

    The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look more white. The natural color of white gold is actually a light grey color. The Rhodium is very white and very hard, but it does wear away eventually. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately each 12 to 18 months. Most local jewelers are able to rhodium plate jewelry for a cost effective price.

    Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, so it does not need to be Rhodium plated like white gold.

    Platinum is very dense (heavy), so a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18ct gold ring.

    Despite being stronger and more durable, platinum is a softer metal than 14k gold. This means it will get scratched a little easier than 14k gold would. However, an important thing to note is when gold is scratched, the gold is lost and it looks like a scratch. When platinum is scratched, the platinum gets moved from one place on the ring to another, and it develops something called a patina finish (which looks like an antique or worn ring). A lot of people love and desire the patina finish.

    If you still can’t decide between gold and platinum, don’t worry. If you have the budget, go for platinum. If you don’t, then gold (or palladium) is still a very precious metal and is an excellent choice. At the end of the day, all rings require some minimal upkeep and maintenance so make sure you purchase your rings from a company that has a lifetime warranty and will re-polish, clean, and re-plate your rings for free for life.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  irina-noelle.
    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    It really depends on the properties you desire but also consider some of the following. To my understanding (setting accepted) platinum (and palladium, its cheaper cousin) requires a different skillset to modify (eg resize). To maintain that bright white rhodium plated white gold will need replating, platinum will need buffing. Not all alloys of white gold are created equal. If you prefer a softer finish a nice white alloy (eg gold with palladium) may not need plating at all. Other alloys may be more likely to cause irritation. I have a nickel sensitivity so I am wary of recycled white gold and especially older rings. 

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    As I’ve said before, much depends on the alloy used. 18kt Palladium white gold rarely if ever needs replating at least that is my experience. Then you can put more money into the stone. Platinum is more malleable, a thinner band can bend out of shape. I have two e-rings with center stones of 2-2.5 cts. No one has ever asked me if my setting was platinum or gold lol. And no stones have fallen out. 

     

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

     

    tanitorr:  you can also request different alloys of platinum. For my setting i requested 950 plat/50 ruthenium. it is extremely strong and much more scratch resistant.  My ring has barely any wear after 9 months.  It is extremely shiny, no patina yet (but i also like the look of patina!)

    here is a nice round up of all alloys http://www.pricescope.com/journal/overview_common_alloys_used_jewelry

    Post # 6
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    537 posts
    Busy bee

    tanitorr:  I’m honestly torn between platinum and 14k White Gold, so I did not vote. I would stay away from 18k gold personally, as it is more pure so it’s softer and more prone to thinning, breakage, dings, and even deformation since body heat naturally warms the metal and can eventually change its shape due to daily wear.

    I would think if you have it in the budget, to go for the platinum, but honestly either metal would work for me. I’m not a fan of the patina look, so I would probably have any scratches filled and buffed out, just like I’d dip my white gold ring when the rhodium starts to wear off.

    I’m sure your ring will be beautiful! 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    As someone who used to work in a jewelry store, here is my two cents: 

    Platinum is more durable but if you choose platinum, you need to like the look of patina.  Scratches don’t buff out of platinum easily like they do out of gold.  Deeper scratches usually have to be sanded out prior to buffing.  Any repair work needed will also be at a significantly higher cost, both for the cost of material and the labor since working with platinum is more difficult.  

    White gold is softer and most alloys will require occasional re-rhodium plating.  Gold is also more prone to thinning.  

    My advice is this: platinum head, white gold shank.  The head generally receives less wear so it stays shinier.  The platinum is also stronger and wears better so you will be less likely to have issues such as bent or broken prongs or worn prong tips.  I say white gold for the shank because scratches buff out easily and it is easier to resize should the need arise. 

     

    Post # 8
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    White gold!  My fiance was set on platinum until his friend who has been married for 10+ years talked him out of it because the amount of scratches he’s had to have buffed out of his wife’s ring!  The price point was higher and he told him that it really wasn’t worth it and it’s not as shiny as his own white gold wedding band.  He finally chose 18k white gold for my engagement ring and I love it!  I have a 14k white gold birth stone ring that i’ve worn since college (i’m 31 now) and it doesn’t have any real visible scratches on it unless you’re holding it directly under a light and look around the edges. 

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    My custom engagement ring is platinum. And I’m getting a custom RHR that’s white and rose gold with platinum prongs. Since my RHR isn’t finished yet, I can’t compare the two side by side. But I LOVE the weight of my engagement ring. And I like how I won’t have to have it redipped.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Platinum all the way. It scratches like all metal, but it just displaces vs actually losing metal as with gold. And it doesn’t need to be dipped, and is more durable.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

    I’ve had both and I found that I’m a bit too hard on my rings for platinum. I was constantly bending it out of shape. 14k white gold is what I chose for my set as well as his ring,  and we’re  both pleased. 

    Post # 13
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    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    tanitorr:  I do not like the patina look so I went with white gold. My friend has a platinum ring and she has said she was surprised how much it scratched it up and how quickly at that. I’m very pleased with my 14k white gold. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee

    tanitorr:  I would like to add that re-dipping white gold is not always a thing you’ll have to deal with, with a white gold ring.  It has a lot to do with the body chemistry of a person.  For example my boss had to get her rings dipped yearly and just eventually stopped so they are kind of yellowish now.  My cousin who’s been married for forever never has gotten her set dipped.  I wanted platinum, but couldn’t afford it and went with white gold.  I do wish I could have gotten to feel what a platinum set would have felt like, but then again I think I’d find it weird since I forget I’m wearing my rings sometimes it’s so light.

    Think about it like this:

    Your boyfriend CAN afford platinum, but if y’all save the money and go for white gold instead of platinum you could use it on something else.  Yes you may have to re-dip the set, but you may not.  You may have to buff the heck out of platinum all of the time you may not.  I think both metals are a good choice for a ring.  Is there a reason yellow gold is not in the picture?

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    tanitorr:  The first response from irina-noelle is perfect. I would suggest platinum. Platinum will hold the test of time. You will lose gold, but not platinum. Even though Platinum can be scratched easier, that doesnt mean that gold does not scratch. Every ring, especially a ring like an engagment/wedding ring that is worn every day will have knicks and need attending too every now and then. 

    Platinum is also better for the safety of your stones. If you were to hit your ring hard enough a prong could break off with gold. Now with platinum it would only smush and the stone would still be safe. 

    My experience is from my dad who has been a Master Bench Jeweler for 35 years. He would without a doubt say that in many many many ways, platinum is the better choice. 

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