(Closed) platinum vs. white gold

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Difference, yes, but not really big enough to go change your semimount. White gold needs upkeep because it is yellow gold mixed and dipped in rhodium for the white color. White gold is softer than platinum and gets easily scratched, and if used in abrasive chemicals often (dish soap counts) the rhodium coating kind of wears off after a while and looks a yellow tingey color.

Platinum is exactly that and only that. It is a heavier metal and sturdier. BUT expensive… If you have the money, go to a local jeweler and see if they can re-set your ring in platinum. Also look on bluenile.com or ice.com for settings… you can order the setting alone and have your center diamond placed in the semimount. Then take the two small stones and have them made into earrings or something like that, as you are unlikely to find a reasonably priced semimount with no side stones as well as no center stone. 🙂

Eventually there would be a difference due to the gradual discoloration of white gold.

I used to sell jewelry and am totally aware of the difference, but I felt that platinum is not in our budget right now, so I have a white gold e-ring and will have a white gold wedding band.
I’ve already ordered FH  a satin/brushed titanium carbide band for three reasons: 1. it is silver in color and will match mine close enough but the satin/brushedd appearance is more his personality than polished, 2. It scratches less than white gold and is more sturdy, as he is in law enforcement and uses his hands a lot and needs something light in case he gets in a fight or whatever, 3. is much more cost effective than white gold or platinum. I got his 8mm brushed/satin titanium carbide ring for 45 dollars on overstock.com. I shopped around for that price, but the titanium was still less expensive than white gold or platinum when we were shopping at jewelry stores (starting at about 50-80 dollars less for his size band) and it was exactly what he wanted to order from the jewelry store, but we found it online and scooped it up.

Eventually after I finish grad school and can afford the extra few thousand for the platinum, I might eventually trade up, but for now I’m happy with what I have. And white gold is honestly just as precious a metal as platinum.

Anyhow, all that being said, you have to do what you like and prefer best.

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i would say get the platinum band and just upgrade your setting later to platinum, hehe.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah.  My friend’s white gold wedding band is only about 2 years old, but it’s no longer white/silver. 

There are also different compositions of Platinum bands.  Search on plat950 (950/1000 part platinum), plat900, etc.  Depending on what the other metal is used in the alloy, it is more/less scratch resistent.

The other advantage of platinum is that scratches usually have no metal loss – it’s just pushed to somewhere else, so you can polish it back.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

A good platinum alternative is Palladium. Not as expensive as platinum, but very similar.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have a platinum band and trying to talk FH into just getting a white gold band. He’s insistant upon me having an actual band, whereas I’m ok just using my e-ring to save a little money bcause my ring was already so much in the first place and the band alone for JUST the platinum would be $1200, with out the diamonds in it that we both would really like.

He refuses, he doens’t want me to bang it up, have it wear differently. He says that though I really was strong on the "don’t get me platinum, it’s too expensive"he did it because he knows I’m not one to trade in and upgrade the whole thing (maybe my center diamond size some day) and he didn’t want it to fall apart.

Personally, I know pleanty of people who have white gold or gold and hadit for years and year…they don’t seem to be falling apart to me.

On the flip side, he won’t let me get him platinum….how stubborn can you be?! LOL.

I have no idea how this helps your post….lol sorry! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom

Here’s a comparison from good old gold.com:

Platinum

– Inch for inch heavier and denser metal. When both are put in your hands you can feel the weight difference of the platinum.
– Scratches easier.
– Wear~ability factor many times that of gold. 50 years from now the platinum ring will be as thick as the day you bought it.
– Maintains it’s white color forever.
– Price is 3x to 4x as much as gold.

White Gold   

– Inch for inch lighter
– Maintains it’s sheen longer than platinum. After polishing white gold will look shinier for a longer time than platinum will.
– White gold wears thin over time and the shank may have to eventually be replaced
– May eventually tinge to a very light yellow. Over time the acids in your skin may cause the white gold to slightly tarnish causing it to change color
– Price is very inexpensive compared to platinum.
   
Comments:
– When considering the total cost of an engagement ring, the small amount more for platinum is deemed by many as insignificant in relation to the total cost.
– Over time, long term maintenance on platinum involves visits for repolishing.
– Over time, maintenance on white gold rings can include repolishing, replating (rhodium finish), and/or eventual replacement of shank.
   
Neither metal will always look new.  Both need eventual maintenance one way or the other.

Hope that helps!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Excellent post, eggplant! Very informative.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Platinum and white gold are visually indistinguishable from each other, so wearing a mix won’t be a visible faux pas. But wearing metals of differing strengths can cause one to wear away at the other when worn side by side for decades. The weaker metal band can become so worn that it becomes wire-thin and can eventually snap. So if you’re going to wear them on the same finger, have your jeweler solder the two together at the bottom to prevent rubbing.

Post # 13
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Newbee

not really advice, but two points in case you decide to go w/the white gold.  My mom’s e-ring is white gold, and she’s never really done any upkeep on the band- it still looks great!  And… my husband got me a white gold e-ring because I wanted an antique-y looking ring.  We ended up getting very plain palladium wedding bands, and if you look really closely, you can see the difference, but it really is negligible.  Good luck with your decision!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Rancho del Cielo, Malibu, CA

i had a white gold ring from my parents that i’d been wearing for many years and it turned a slight tinge of yellow, but when i took it to a jeweler and had him polish it, it looked white and completely brand new again!  since then, it’s stayed the white color b/c i’ve been taking care of it more (i.e. not getting it wet as much, drying it immediately and completely as soon as it gets wet, cleaning my ring about once a month, etc.)  i think as long as you are careful and don’t wear it in the shower as much, it tends to last pretty long.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

 Francine, I wouldn’t worry about wearing it to work, white gold is still a very storong, lasting metal. Also many  jewelers will re-rodium your ring anytime you want, if you get in warranty or insurance on it. I’ve had it done once already, and it made it look brand new when I got it back. 

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