Platinum or gold? Which one and why/not?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: PLAT or GOLD?
    I have gold and I love it : (30 votes)
    47 %
    I have gold; I like it but wish I had picked a different karatage/colour : (0 votes)
    I have gold and wish I had picked platinum : (3 votes)
    5 %
    I have platinum and I love it : (25 votes)
    39 %
    I have platinum but I should have chosen gold : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Neither - I have a different material and prefer that (silver, titanium, wood etc) : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Neither - I have a different material but should have chosen one of the above : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    276 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @glue_stick:  I have an 18k white gold setting and wish I had gone with platinum. I work at a grooming salon and am constantly getting my hands wet or using the force dryer and it’s killer on the rhodium plating. I’m considering switching to platinum once we upgrade. 

    Post # 4
    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have 14k white gold and it’s perfect! Gorgeous, shiny yet durable. I don’t like the patina that platinum gets. To each their own!

    Post # 5
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @glue_stick:  Mine is palladium.  I prefer it to platinum because of the slight color difference, price difference (!), and and the fact that it’s SO light.  My ring is 1.25 tcw and I can barely feel it’s there most of the time!

    I’d say platinum if you can afford it.  Gold if you like the softer look!  Palladium if you want platinum but can’t afford it 😉

    Post # 6
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I have 14k yellow gold and I totally love it!  For me personally, warm metals work better.  That said, I would rather have platinum than white gold, due to rhodium issues.  In my experience, friends with platinum rings look better on a more consistent basis than friends with white gold, but you do pay a premium for platinum.

    Post # 7
    6158 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    platinum is more durable in the long run than gold, it is a stronger metal.

    Post # 8
    12870 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Platinum, doesnt need replating, nice heavy feel to it.

    Post # 9
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    @glue_stick:  I chose I have gold and I love it because I haven’t had any problems with it.

    Post # 10
    4638 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Mine is 18k white gold. I merely chose it out of convenience. My ring was purchased outside of the country from my parents’ jeweler so at the time he didn’t have the setting I wanted in platinum.

    I only take my ring off to shower and have not noticed even the slightest change in color/ quality since I got it in July. I’m pleased with it so far.

    HOWEVER.. I realize that now while looking at the wedding band I want (Cartier, platinum) the metals will rub against each other.. with the platinum breaking down the gold because its softer. So that’s something to consider..

    (I don’t have a pic because I’ve recently wiped my phone of all pics.. I’ve posted it here before somewhere if you reeeally want to see it.. but its a simple 4 prong, round brilliant solitaire, in white gold. I don’t have a wedding band yet.)


    Post # 11
    725 posts
    Busy bee

    I have platinum and am definitely glad we chose it for its strength/durability. I think platinum is a better bet when there are a lot of small diamonds on the ring. And mine has a lot of pave so it wasn’t really a question of gold vs. platinum for us. 

    Post # 12
    5482 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I got platinum for no real reason other than it sounded luxurious (lol) and wouldnt have to be replated. The patina does bug me though. :-/

    Post # 13
    2129 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I have 18k white and yellow gold on my ring. I personally prefer white gold to platinum, because I like that when it gets redipped it looks brand new again whereas platinum patinas with wear.

    Post # 14
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee

    I have platinum, and I love it! Although I love the shiny look of white gold, the white gold pieces I have need to be replated a lot, and I didn’t want to deal with that. 

    Post # 15
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I look better with white metals. I have platinum. Luxurious and don’t need to re-dip!

    White gold annoys me because you need to re-dip it. I just paid $60 to have my white gold RHR re-dipped. I don’t have a lifetime warranty that covers it or anything (like some people who have engagement sets) so it’s an out of pocket expense, and a pain in the ass to drop it off and pick it up from the jewelers, not to mention I have to be away from it.

    I’d hate to be without my wedding set for ANY length of time… let alone one or twice a year. That alone made the price of platinum worth it!


    Post # 16
    1154 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I like platinum and yellow gold, it really depends on what you like in terms of color! I don’t love white gold, especially since it is plated with rhodium (why even have gold if it is completely covered by another metal? It doesn’t make any sense to me and I don’t like the “mixes” that are used to make white gold white, it isn’t really even gold anymore it’s a tye-dye type mixture with another metal completely painted on the top, wtf).  I do understand the price difference with “white gold” but I wish they would call it something else since it isn’t really even gold anymore and unplated white gold can have a buttery appearance I don’t particularly care for.  Anything other than 24k gold is mixed with something but at least yellow and rose gold still look like gold and aren’t plated.  My wedding set is platinum because I like the weight and color, and although it can patina it looks like new again once you get it buffed out (which you need to do MUCH less often than re-dipping white gold).  When you scratch platinum you also don’t lose metal like you do with gold, it simply gets “moved” so you never really lose metal and again, it looks like new when you get it buffed (if you ever even need to).  

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