platinum or white gold 18k rings?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Rydges Hotel

I would say platinum since white gold has to be redipped with Rhodium every now and then which can be bit annoying.

Post # 4
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I went with 18k gold over platinum due to the cost but if cost is no issue I’d say platinum. My ring is only two months old and has some scratches so it needs to be replated in a few months. If you can avoid that with platinum I say go for it.

Post # 8
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

They should be exactly the same thickness regardless of metal type…

I have platinum and much prefer it.

Post # 9
592 posts
Busy bee


Platinum is more durable. Meaning over long stretches of time it can take more of a beating. When platnium is damaged, it bends. When gold (which is much softer) is damaged, it scratches away or flakes. Shouldn’t be any problem for you in your lifetime but some people prefer platnium when choosing hierloom jewelry.

Platnium is more grayish white than pure white. 18 k white gold is very white. And while most white gold needs to be redipped, there are variants the don’t. I’m not sure about what Tiffany’s offers in way of alloys, but I’m sure you could ask. Note that nothing is quite as bright as the plating though. 

I think most people can’t tell the difference though. Both are fine choices, which is why it’s really whatever appeals to you. 

Post # 10
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

glamachica45:  I chose 18k and I don’t really like he weight of platinum and they way it patinas over time. The 18k we got is a palladium alloy, so it doesn’t yellow as much as other types of 18k. 

Post # 11
450 posts
Helper bee

I love the heaviness of platinum and how it can be polished to look as good as new I hate how my white gold ring feels light and that it needs redipping every few months even though I don’t wear it all the time.

in fact I am looking at having my WG ring reset in platinum!

Post # 12
1201 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

Depends on the type of white gold you are talking about really. I love my ring but I wish it hadn’t come rhodium plated because I prefer the appearance of unplated (palladium alloyed) white gold, but it wasn’t very important to me compared to the design and we didn’t have to budget to get it custom made at the time. I hope under the rhodium it is a palladium alloy and not nickel, some day it will wear to my prefered colour!

If you want bright white you’ll need white gold plated in rhodium, this plating will show wear.

If you prefer darker get unplated palladium white gold (holds up pretty well) or platinum.

Platinum has the advantage that as it wears it is unlikely to lose any of its metal (it just gets scratched out of shape), but you will need it buffed fairly often if you don’t like the patina look (darker grey).

So there you have it:

Bright white gold needs redipping (rhodium plating)

Platinum needs buffing to keep it shiny

(in my experience) Unplated 18k palladium white gold only needs occasional cleaning

Post # 13
6789 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

glamachica45:  I like white gold better because it’s “brighter” white even though it does require redipping. I had a palladium ring and didn’t really care for the dark color of the metal or the possibility of the patina developing (which is similar to platinum). It really just comes down to personal preference I think.

Post # 14
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

There are lots of threads that have discussed this topic at length. Listed are a couple below. I prefer platinum and also had my ER made in a style similar to the classic tiffany solitaire. I prefer the heavier weight of platinum and its luxurious reputation. It is a soft metal and will scratch/dent more easily than WG, but the metal is pushed aside and not scratched off. No re-plating ever needed. Platinum does dull faster than WG IMO. But overall, I’m very happy with it!



Post # 15
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

glamachica45:  I have 18k white gold and I like how white it is. That said, I haven’t owned any platinum jewellery. When I get it dipped it looks brand new, which I like. Sometimes I wonder what platinum would have been like, but it’s all good.

I’m commenting because I believe Tiffany’s only makes their rings in platinum, if it’s a genuine one and not a replica. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a replica.) So perhaps they will make the decision for you. 

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