Platinum vs. White gold

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@cbj9:  I have a platinum e-ring and wedding band. DH chose the e-ring specifically because he knew I was allergic to so much stuff and he didn’t want to take the risk. I love it. Have been wearing it since June 2012 and it’s still looking like new.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

If I had a nickel allergy I would do have it reset into the platinum setting. Personally though, I prefer the look of white gold. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I like my platinum ring, personally I like the look a bit more than white gold (it’s not a huge difference but I feel like it’s a bit brighter).  That does seem like a really good price, usually the difference between the two is higher from what I’ve seen.  Since you have the allergy issue it might be worth it to do it now, instead of possibly having to do it later at a higher price.

Do you have any other white gold pieces or one you can borrow from someone?  That way you could test out if it irritates your skin or not.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you have an allergy to gold I would for sure get it in platinum!!! I got my wedding band in platinum ( Id on’t have an allergy) but I didn’t want to have to keep getting it rhodium plated to keep it white looking.  Plus, platinum holds up better over time.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@cbj9:  Honestly I’d only get a platinum ring if I had an allergy to nickel.  I perfer the look of white gold and with my body chemistry I haven’t needed to replate my ring in 18 months.  However you may want to ask your jeweler how much it would be to reset your ring in palladium.  

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

A possible alternative, if your jeweler works with it, is palladium. It is very similar to platinum (I believe it is an alloy of platinum), hypoallergenic, doesn’t need to be replated, strong, and costs about the same as white gold. I have a palladium ring, and even though I’ve only had it for about 5 months, I love it and am very happy that I won’t need to take it to be replated.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

If allergies are a concern, I’d definitely have it set to platinum or palladium.  Since your jewellery will do it for just $500, I say take advantage of it!  (Because sometimes it’s hard finding jewellerys who can/will work with palladium in case you have sizing issues down the road.)

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@cbj9:  I have an allergy to nickle… and paid A LOT more than $500 for my platinum ring… I believe my setting was $2,000 more to be set in platinum. I say, get it in platinum and feel at ease. My allergist told me to ONLY go with platinum or risk having an itchy finger

Post # 12
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Newbee

@cbj9:  I would if I were you, just so that you have the peace of mind knowing that you won’t have any skin reactions to it.  My ring was available in different types of metal as well, but for the difference between the cost of gold and platinum, it was worth it to go with the platinum ring and not have to send it away for re-rhodium plating (I’m not sure if I exactly have an allergy, but once every month or so, if I wear a gold band, my finger gets really red and itchy and looks almost “burnt”).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@cbj9:  while I prefer the look of white gold, if you have a nickel allergy, I’d definitely pay a bit more now for platinum. You don’t want to risk not being able to wear your engagement ring!

I got a palladium alloy white gold because my skin chemistry wears away rhodium plating and I didn’t want the hassle of having to redip. I also have sensitivity to white gold earrings, so I didn’t want to take the chance on a nickel alloyed white gold ring I’d be wearing daily. I’ve had no problems with my white gold (with palladium alloy) ring, so if that’s an option, it will be cheaper than platinum with the same shiny look of white gold.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@cbj9:  I LOVE my platinum e-ring.  Do it!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I also have a nickel allergy, and the ring we chose is platinum. I just know that I am too lazy to have it redipped every 6 months or so, and it would probably be more often for me because I have extremely oily skin. The RHR my SO gave me is white gold, and I can’t wear it for more than a few days without swelling, itchiness and puffiness. I think the $500 is definitely worth it vs. having to have it redipped all the time. I think $500 is a great price, actually, and platinum holds up really well vs. white gold!

Post # 16
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Busy bee

I think you should do it.  It’s not a huge cost considering the piece of mind it’ll give you. Plus, you won’t have to pay for redippings.  At $30 a pop, those redips can add up quickly.

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