(Closed) 14k, 18k or Platinum

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What did you choose for your ring?
    18k gold : (28 votes)
    23 %
    14k gold : (34 votes)
    28 %
    10k gold : (0 votes)
    Platinum : (59 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 16
    3611 posts
    Sugar bee

    Sephiroth:  Yup – the overall durability of platinum vs. white gold (plus my laziness in not wanting to get my ring redipped) is why I chose it. My dad has a 22k gold wedding band, and a fair bit of it has worn away over the 30+ years he’s been wearing it. It’s noticeably bent out of shape too…no idea what he does to it, lol. Anyway, it kind of turned me off to gold, although I realize that’s not completely fair because I would have gotten a white gold setting, so it would have been an alloy and more resistant to wear than soft 22k gold.

    Post # 17
    781 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    This article sealed it for me (although ultimately I didn’t really have a choice as we used my grandmother’s setting which is 14k white gold and lasted her lifetime) and I would’ve chosen the white gold 14k anyway because of the price difference

    Unless you have a severe allergic reaction to either metal-the choice is mostly preferential. Both metals have strengths and weaknesses, however there are a few variables to be considered when making your decision.

    First, it’s important to understand that while virtually all Platinum Jewelry is 95% Platinum, Gold comes in a variety of mixtures. The most common are 10k (41.7% gold), 14k (58.3% gold), and 18k (75% gold). 24k (100% gold) is too soft to use for jewelry. Also, all Gold is yellow. There is no such thing as natural white Gold. Gold is made to look white by alloying (mixing) it with white metals, then plating it with Rhodium (in the Platinum family).

    The main difference between Platinum and white Gold is price. Pure Platinum costs roughly twice as much as pure Gold. And because there is a higher percentage of Platinum used (95% versus 75% for 18k gold) in making jewelry, the same design can cost more than twice as much in Platinum than it does in Gold.

    So, beyond price-what is the real difference between white Gold and Platinum?


    Both metals have different benefits, and determining which set of benefits is most attractive to you is largely preferential. So, here is a breakdown of the real differences:

    Platinum wears better than Gold. When you scratch it, you’re actually just rearranging the metal as opposed to removing it. You can wear a Platinum ring for 80 years, and it won’t wear out. You may have to repair a Gold ring to add material where it has worn off over time.

    BUT, Platinum is softer. This means that it will bend and scratch easier than white Gold. And because it’s softer, Platinum will lose its polish and appear dull faster than white Gold.

    You’re more likely to bend the Platinum prongs holding a diamond than if they were made of white Gold. However, you will need to have your white Gold prongs re-tipped over time as they are more likely to wear down than Platinum prongs- TOUCHE!

    Platinum is naturally white, while white Gold will need to be Rhodium plated every few years to maintain it’s bright white appearance. BUT, because white Gold is harder, it will maintain that shiny polished look longer than Platinum will. THRUST-PARRY

    As you can see, there is no clear cut winner in this contest. Personally, I give the edge to white Gold-but only because affordability is one of my main priorities. If your priority is longevity without wear, you might select Platinum. If maintaining a shiny polish is more important than maintaining a bright white color, Gold may be the way to go.

    So in conclusion, the answer to this age old question can only be:

    Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

    Post # 19
    684 posts
    Busy bee

    Mine is 14k because that’s what my jeweler was working with. He mixes his with rhodium so the white gold never has to be replated.

    Post # 20
    2573 posts
    Sugar bee

    18k because most Verragio settings are 18k.  I don’t care for platinum because of how it looks over time I would rather have my ring redipped.

    My ring is quite durrable I have knocked it a couple of times including tripping in Paris and it hitting the cement. It didn’t even scratch! 

    Post # 21
    237 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    womanofsubstance:  that’s what we went with too!

    I did a lot of research on different metals and what they were alloyed with, 19k is an awesome option when it’s alloyed with palladium. Platinum is great too, but 19k has the characteristics I wanted, which platinum also has, at a slightly lower price point. 

    ETA: 19k is also called “super white gold” and doesn’t need to be re dipped, it is as durable as platinum but without the patina that some people don’t like. (can you tell I’m a fan? :)) 


    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  robin2015.
    Post # 22
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    The top of my ering is platinum the band ring is white gold to make sizing easier. My wedding band is platinum, it just came That way.

    Post # 23
    9284 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Mine’s platinum but I didn’t have any choice in the matter. I might one day switch the shank to 18k yellow gold (but the head/crown would still be platinum) just because all my other jewelry is yellow gold. But the longer I wear this all-platinum one, the more attached I get to it, so who knows. I don’t have any complaints about the platinum so far, I love how it feels so substantial.

    Post # 24
    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I got platinum for my engagement ring because the place where my Fiance bought it from only uses platinum. I’m happy with the decision though, as my ring has micropave and I’ve never felt the need to worry. I’ll be getting platinum for my wedding band too, as I don’t want to mix metals. Fiance will likely be getting 18k white gold without rhodium plating.

    Post # 25
    1529 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    robin2015:  lol – yes I can tell you’re a fan! I’ve had my ERing for over 3 years (had the original remade because the 18K yellowed). I just love the fact that it will never need to be plated. I’m not sure why 19K hasn’t taken hold of the industry. I’m absolutely thrilled that it’s as white as ever so many years later.

    Post # 26
    1189 posts
    Bumble bee

    Platinum for me. I really didn’t want to have to deal with rhodium plating and the fact that platinum is less likely to crack or break than gold helped in choosing it, too. 

    Post # 27
    783 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2003

    My husband chose 14k white gold because I didn’t like the weight of platinum. I only have had my ring re dipped a few times in 12 years. but it’s all personal preference I guess. 

    Post # 28
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We chose platinum, because of overall laziness with having to get it redipped. We still haven’t chosen the metal for the wedding rings yet. Most likely mine will be platinum. My Fiance is looking at getting Tungsten Carbide for his wedding ring. The metal is super strong, so strong it shouldn’t scratch and you can’t get it resized. However, they are so cheap that my Fiance will just buy another one if he needs to get a bigger one as he ages.

    Post # 29
    6034 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My original ERing was 18K yellow gold. Yellow gold because that’s pretty much all that was available, metal-wise, when Darling Husband and I got engaged. (We couldn’t afford platinum back then.) I got 18K because I have a metal allergy. It had always acted up with any type of yellow gold below 14K, but my doctor told me to get 18K or above just to be on the safe side, allergy-wise. My original wedding band is also 18K yellow gold, with 18K white gold in the middle of the band. Oddly enough, I’ve never had an allergic reaction to silver, so I guess it’s not a nickel allergy but a reaction to something else in the gold mix.

    My anniversary ring is platinum. Platinum has always been my dream metal. It’s my favorite of the metals, both for its heft (love the slightly heavier feel of it on my hand) and for the steely gray sort of color it gets over time. Also because I don’t have to worry about any type of allergic reaction with it. However, Darling Husband and I initially planned to get white gold because of the cheaper cost. The setting I fell in love with at the jewelers was platinum, and they gave us a great deal on it. So … I ended up with my dream metal, after all! (yay!)

    Post # 30
    5188 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    MeandMyLouboutins:  I chose 14K because it’s more affordable than platinum and more durable than 18K. I’ve had my rings dipped once in 2 years. It’s not the hassle people make it out to be and the warranty covers it free for a lifetime. 

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  Aquaria.

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