(Closed) White gold ring beside a platinum ring, whats the verdict? Help please!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have a white gold band and my e-ring is Palladium (pretty much the same thing..) and it looks fine. You can’t even tell the difference!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@napabridekelsey: Same but opposite, white gold e-ring and palladium band!

OP – I think it’s totally fine.  The only issue I could see is if you haven’t had your white gold ring cleaned and replated for a long time (several years) – it may start to look yellow next to the palladium.  But otherwise I really don’t see a problem.  I don’t intend to wear my e-ring every day, so I wanted a more durable and less finicky metal for my wedding band (that I’ll wear daily).  Plus, lucky me, my e-ring has a pave band, so you wouldn’t notice yellowing of the metal anyway.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I don’t know much about rings, so I’m not much help. But I think the OP was asking about how platinum, not palladium, looked against a white gold ring. Two different things! 😉

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve had my engagement ring (white gold) for almost a year.  It’s getting pretty yellow.  I’m actually going to go in and get it switched to platinum.  I have a solitare so I think platinum is better.  However, if you’re engagement ring has a lot of side diamonds I doubt you’d really notice a difference. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Personally I wouldn’t do it. They look fine together when new but over time you will notice that your white gold ring will turn a little yellow. Some platinum bands tend to look slightly grey and not as “bright” intially when next to a white gold band.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@aquawater: Platinum and palladium are almost identical (at least in appearance, I think platinum might be harder).  But the point I and napabridekelsey were making is that mixing metals has worked fine for us, so it may work well for the OP.  I never even considered platinum because it’s so expensive, but I was thrilled to find a cheaper alloy that retains its best features.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Miss OBG: thanks for explaining that! I loved that I could find a platinum alternative that was half the price!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m pretty sure OP was more concerned with the wear and tear issue of mixing metals, rather than what they look like together, at least that’s the way it read to me. To answer that question, the short answer is, it’s not a good idea. Platinum is a soft metal (not to say it’s not durable, whole other issue), compared to a white gold alloy, and what it will do is pick up tiny microscopic bits of debris over time, turning the metal into sandpaper essentially, scraping away at the gold band. The difference in the two metals is that gold sloughs off metal over time, while plat will just scoot metal around as it scratches, which can be smoothed/polished out (this is why it looks gray over time, it’s reversible with buffing) without losing metal. So basically, your plat band will eat your gold one. No good. 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Lou947:At first, it will look great and you wont know the difference, however- platinum shows age (which is one of the things thats so special about it- it shows how long you’ve been together) and white gold does NOT. So for now, you’re okay. 5-10-20 years from now, they’re going to start looking noticeably different and continue to look more and more different

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Lou947: Absolutely.  My mom’s wedding bands are white gold and after 32+ years it still looks great.  And she’s a nurse which meant a LOT of handwashing throughout the years!

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