(Closed) platinum vs white gold?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Use the same metal as your engagement band.  The wear on one won’t be consistant as the other.  The gold will need to be redipped every now and then, and when you do that, they will look very different.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

between the two white gold is "lighter" in color and as niki posted, white gold will need to be re-dipped.

are you cool with maybe getting it in 10K white gold so it’s "harder" than 18K or 24K gold??

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

There are loads of sites out there that explain the difference pretty clearly.  Basically white gold is made by mixing gold (naturally yellow) with a "white" alloy like nickel (pretty rare since some people are allergic) or palladium.  So you can’t ever have 24k white gold.  White gold is also "dipped" in Rhodium, a shiny white metal which gives it a really nice shine.  People say that you have to get white gold "re-dipped" every 5 years or so, but my friend inherited her ring from a great-grandmother and it has never been re-dipped and looks lovely still.

 Platinum is used in its pure form, which is why it is so expensive.  Also, because it is harder it will actually scratch easier, but any scratches are easy to polish out.  However, white gold will wear away any kind of engraving over time.  Also, white gold is easier to work with so re-sizing is cheaper and quicker than platinum. 

Basically, over a long period of time both Platinum and White Gold require about the same amount of maintenence, so really you should pick based on what you think looks nicer against your engagement ring!

 Here are some links:

 http://www.goodoldgold.com/SettingSearch/Platinum_WhiteGold/

http://www.tradeshop.com/master/plat-gold-compare.shtml

 Don’t believe everything you see or hear from jewelers either, platinum is much more expensive so they will try to convince you it is the only obvious choice.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think (and my jeweler says) that how often or whether you get your white gold replated just depends on how picky you are.  I think it also depends on your style of setting.  My mother’s white gold setting has been replated twice, and looks really lovely still.  Both her wedding and e-ring are very rounded bands.  My e-ring is a very wide band that is not rounded on the back – the surface ends up looking almost like a mirror – and therefore it shows little scuffs more easily than if it was rounded like my mom’s.  The first couple of little scratches I got on my ring drove me absolutely crazy – now I hardly see them.  Still, the jeweler replated the ring when I had it resized, and I could definately tell the difference – it looked brand new.  Since I am notoriously picky, I will probably have it replated again just before the wedding.  That was both the e-ring and the wedding ring will look equally new…

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My e-ring is white gold (also from Kay’s). I got in on Christmas Eve and about a week later I noticed some yellow gold showing through under the prongs.  I had to get it resized anyway, so I have them replate it at the same time.  When I got it back, it looked great.  The saleswoman told me most customers with white gold bands get them replated ever 3 or 4 months.  Giving up my ring that many times a year doesn’t sound so great.  We are thinking of changing to a platinum setting to cut down on the maintenance. 

If you do go with Kays, be sure to get the protection plan so you get lifetime resizing and replating.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I agree – go the same metal as your ring! No exception 🙂 You won’t be happy if it looks different, adn it will.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I would say the same thing, stay with what your e-ring is, unless you would change it to platinum. my FI got me a platinum e-ring since the setting i wanted needed the durability, but i love it and it still looks great (got it in june). the only thing i would worry about with the white gold is the replating, seems like alot of upkeep.

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2008 - The Fountainhead

I agree with Niki and Sweeney2Be – use the same metal as your engagement ring if you plan on wearing them on the same finger.

When I was doing my platinum vs white gold research I was surprised to learn that although platinum is a stronger metal, it scratches more easily than white gold.  So over time, platinum tends to develop a patina (some people love the patina on their platinum jewelry but if you don’t like it you can get it polished and it’ll look good as new).

The other interesting thing I found is that when platinum is scratched the metal just displaces….while when white gold is scratched you actually lose a part of the metal that is scratched away.

White gold may or may not need to be redipped to maintain the white-ness of the metal….it all depends on your body chemistry and the way the gold was plated.  I’ve read of instances where it needs to be redipped every few months, as well as stories where it never needed to be redipped.

Lastly, there is the weight – platinum is a lot heavier than gold.  I personally liked the more substantial weight and that’s one of the reasons I decided to change.

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