White Gold or Platinum?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2002

You will definiltey see a difference, especially since they will be right next to eachother.  In the beginning your white gold band would look brighter than your platinum, and over time as the rhdium wore a little, the white gold band would start to look a little yellow next to your platinum engagement ring. 

A better option might be palladium.  There is still a difference, but it won’t be as noticable.  And both metals will wear the same, so after time, the little scrathes and patina will match.  Palladium also stays white, it doesn’t require rhodium plating.  HTH! 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We are going band shopping on Saturday, to our original jeweler who did my e-ring. They explained that since the price of gold is so high, the cost of platinum is not significantly higher than gold. They also stressed they did not want me using WG for an e-ring or WB. After taking their advice, I wound up noticing the difference in WG & platinum on my friends, and after seeing WG after a few years, I’d never, ever buy it for an e-ring or wedding band. It just doesn’t wear the same, it turns totally yellow and who wants to get their rings dipped every year? I understand cutting back on costs, but the wedding band isn’t one thing I’d compromise on in terms of wedding day budgets. Platinum all the way-you will absolutely be able to tell. Maybe not immediately, but definitely within a few months to a year. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Prettysmile40:  I have a platinum e-ring with a white gold band – both family heirlooms so I didn’t specifically choose it that way.  They don’t look weird together at all.  If I study them, yeah, I can see a slight difference.  But it’s not anything I ever think about, and I’m 100% positive it wouldn’t occur to anyone else.

The only ring pic I have on this computer is this collage:

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Also, I really need to figure out what the deal with redipping is.  This ring hasn’t been dipped in probably 20 years and it’s still white?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Prettysmile40:  I don’t think you’ll see a noticable difference in the tone of the metal.  However, I would warn that platinum is a much harder metal than gold, and over time, will probably wear/scratch your white gold wedding ring.  Have you considered a plain platinum band, to be replaced with a blingy band at some marriage milestone in future?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

lolot:  I have an 18k white gold band that needs to be “dipped” after like a month of being worn because my skin chemistry is so off, but my e-ring looks just as bright white as when I first got it a year ago.

The white gold alloy makes the biggest difference. If your WG ring was alloyed with palladium/something in the platinum family, then you wouldn’t notice the need for redipping as others would.

Prettysmile40:  platinum’s patina makes it a darker greyish tone, compared to white gold’s bright white/silvery tone. If you do get white gold that needs to be rhodium-dipped occasionally, then the buttery tone of the ring will be noticeable against the cool grey of platinum. For a thin wedding band, the price difference between platin and WG shouldn’t be too high, so if you want a matching set, I’d stick with platinum.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

lolot:  White gold is plated electrostatically with rhodium to give it a bright, shiny finish.  Because of the intricate design on your band, you probably don’t notice it.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2002

flowercrowns:  platinum is actually softer than gold alloys.  It has a higher melting tempurature, and it’s more difficult to work with, so everyone thinks it’s harder, but it’s not.  It is more expensive and more pure, but you can actually dent a platinum band more easily than a gold one.  It’s still very hard and I love it.  My wedding set is platinum. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’ll throw my hat into the ring and say, if you can afford platinum, get platinum. i have my rings replated once a year, and though it’s a pain it did save us a lot of money.

it would have cost us a couple thousand extra dollars to have my set done in platinum, which we couldn’t afford. if you have the additional cash to burn, get the platinum.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Jeravae:  I think you replied to the wrong commenter, but regardless, platinum is actually “harder” than pure gold. However, since 18k gold is only 75% gold, the alloys used in gold for jewelry make it harder than 95% platinum (also used for jewelry).

Platinum is easy to scratch, which is how it develops its dark grey patina. Both WG and platinum rings will require maintenance, but platinum is more durable since it’s less malleable than gold. Many jewellers recommend a platinum setting on a white gold band so you have the durability of platinum for prongs, and the shiny reflective surface of white gold for the shank.

Personally, I dislike platinum and prefer an 18K gold alloyed with palladium for my skin tone and desire for reflective/shiney surface.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2002

I was replying to you.  Yes, pure gold is the extremely soft, but it’s not used for wedding jewelry.  That’s why I said gold alloys.  Platinum is softer than 14k gold and 18 karat yellow gold.

I sell jewelry for a living.  I know.  And the only reason jewelers reccomend platinum is because they make more money on the sale.  Plain and simple.  The only other benefit is the fact that you don’t have to rhodium plate it, and it’s heavier.

Jewelers don’t work on metal without heating it up.  Gold melts faster and is therefore more easy to work with, but at room tempurature platinum is softer.

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