platinum vs white gold?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Is platinum or white gold better?
    Platinum : (94 votes)
    66 %
    White gold : (49 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 3
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We personally went with white gold for a few reasons:

    1) it can be redipped to keep it’s original beauty (my jeweler does it n/c for the life of the jewelry)

    2) the lower price point allowed my FI to afford a larger diamond 🙂

    3) My friends who have platinum like it, but says it does scratch/ get banged up more easily and it’s hard to buff out.  For the money I feel it isn’t worth it.

    That being said- the colors do look different, so you may just have personal preference for one over the other.

    Post # 4
    7192 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I chose white gold because of the lower cost and because I don’t really care for the patina that platinum gets over time.

    Post # 5
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I have white gold, and I find it really annoying to go and get it redipped a few times a year.  Then I’m without my ring for a week each time.  I wish I had chosen platinum. 

    Post # 6
    1266 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’m allergic to white gold, so it was necessary for me to get platinum.  I like that it’s low maintenance – no re-dipping, no worrying about dents or deep scratches, very little degradation over time.  I know it will last forever.


    Post # 7
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013



    If only for the fact it’s a pain in the ass to be without your ring every year or two while they re-plate white gold. Low maintenance is great.


    Platinum is also more expensive… more prestige, and more durable.


    Post # 8
    1255 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

    Platinum! I have rings that are both white gold and platinum and the platinum rings have held up better and require less maintenence than my white gold rings.

    Post # 9
    2460 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My rings are platinum and I’m very happy with them. Low maintenance, I love the weight from the platinum and I prefer the white look of it. 

    Post # 10
    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We went platinum largely because I love how soft the metal looks after long wear. Our rings (they match) will physically reflect our time together. Its durability and the fact that it doesn’t need regular maintenance played a role as well. Price was not a factor in our decision.

    Post # 11
    1170 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2002

    @bnamrs4evr:  I would have chosen platinum if it had been in my budget for two major reasons: 1. No dipping and 2. It’s heavier, and I just like that.  

    Post # 12
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m allergic to nickel so I really had no choice, but I would choose platinum again in a heartbeat. I love that it doesn’t ever have to be redipped, it doesn’t lose metal when buffed or scratched, and it’s nice and heavy.

    Post # 13
    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’m allergic to gold so the only other option for me is platinum. I love it, no scratches or dings, and it cleans really nicely (the patina it develops over time is VERY easy to remove yourself). It’s always shiny 🙂  And it doesn’t have to be redipped like other plated metals (white gold, 14 or 18 k yellow gold, etc). If it does get scratched, none of the metal is actually lost unlike gold (if you scratch gold it flakes away. Not good!). So scratches can be buffed out, with some effort though.

    Palladium is also another option if you like white metals, and I think it’s a little cheaper then platinum because it’s not traded as a commodity on the stock markets like gold and platinum are. It’s from the same group of metals as platinum, so shares a lot of the same properties. And like platinum it is hypoallergenic so if you’re allergic to some metals, this one is safe for you.

    Wow, I’m so nerdy. I don’t think I’ve thought about either of those metals since I took chemistry class, lol.

    Post # 14
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I have white gold and I really like it. I’m allergic to nickel but my white gold was made with Palladium and contains no nicklel. So I’ve had no problems. My redipping is free for life at the jeweler we got it from too. I’m not opposed to platinum but I was trying to keep the cost down for FI and I was anxious for my ring which was only in stock in white gold at the time. 

    Post # 15
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Depends- if budget is not an issue- platinum.

    Or, have you considered/does the jewler work with 19k white gold? All the benefits of white gold, including a lower cost than platinum, but without the rhodium plating because of the special alloys

    Post # 16
    689 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

    @musical-lady:  Someone else mentioned palladium! I actually had my jeweler custom smelt (talk about nerdy) the metal for my set, so it’s white gold, and instead of the additives that cause the yellower appearance, it has palladium. 2 years running, and no need to plate. There are some scratches on the bottom of the finger side…but the rest looks shiny and new. I am planning on comparing the e-ring to the band that’s been sitting in the safe to see!

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