14k White Gold vs Platinum

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: 14k White Gold vs Platinum?

    14k White Gold


  • Post # 2
    1613 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    I was told not to get platinum because it was softer and would become dull easily which would require dipping to get the shine again. 

    My first wedding set took years to wear off the 14k white gold plating. Less than a year seems really odd to me. 

    Post # 3
    1646 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

    Platinum is harder than white gold, but scratches more easily. I personally can’t wear white gold, so I got palladium which wears similarly to platinum, and I love it. You can see some scuffing on the underside of my ring, but it doesn’t bother me. 

    Platinum never requires dipping. If you like a high shine you’ll need to get it polished every so often, but it is the same color throughout, so it will never need to be replated. And when it scratches, it just moves the metal as opposed to when you scratch white gold, it scratches the plating off. 

    Post # 4
    971 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Platinum doesn’t get dipped it has to be polished 

    I have a platinum band purchased in April and have already had to have it polished

    So I personally won’t be buying platinum again

    Post # 5
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2021 - Schoharie, NY

    My mom’s set is platinum and it definitely looks pretty scratched up after decades of marriage. I didn’t have an option when it came to my set, it was only offered in platinum, gold, and rose gold. I have a white gold promise ring and it has held up well over the past 4yrs. No noticeable scratches and I wear it through everything (no plating done either, just one jewler’s cleaning). It’ll be interesting to compare going forward.

    Post # 6
    7968 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    My skin chemistry is such that plating wears away abnormally fast for me. I normally wear yellow gold, but the white metals I have are platinum. Much like yellow gold, yes, it develops a patina of scratches and wear so it isn’t high-shine forever. But the color itself never changes. Additionally, gold bands of any sort can actually wear away over the years and become thinner/narrower because gold can wear away. Some gold is removed everytime it is polished and replated, too, though a negligible amount. That isn’t the case with platinum. Platinum gets pushed around, but not worn away. Platinum is also a higher value metal with a satisfying weight. If they’re offering a free upgrade to platinum, you would be a fool to turn it down, IMO.

    Post # 7
    577 posts
    Busy bee

    My e-ring is platinum and I haven’t noticed any scratches so far. Granted, I’ve only been wearing it for 3 months, but still. The great thing about platinum is that when it does get scratched, the metal just gets moved around, not scraped off like gold. So all you have to do is take the ring to a jeweler to have it polished, and it will look like new again! The jeweler basically polishes the scratches away by buffing the metal back into place. It’s not something you can do at home though.

    Post # 8
    1644 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

    I wear platinum thanks to metal allergies. My engagement ring is about a year and a half old at this point and my wedding ring about a year old. There’s definitely some slight wear on the shanks where they rub together but so far I don’t see a ton of scratching on the bottoms. I do somewhat baby my jewellery though. Not a ton. Just some. I don’t work out or do heavy lifting/cleaning in them. I wear gloves for cooking and dishes but other than that I wear at least my wedding ring. So i am not sure if that accounts for not seeing much on the bottoms of my rings just yet. 

    Post # 9
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    My platinum ring warped so I switched to white gold. I’m sure it was the alloy used 950 Plat/Ir or the way I just wore the ring bc I was rough with it. It was also absurdly heavy. I got it switched to 14K white gold and it’s so so much better. I like how the white gold feels weightless 

    Post # 10
    5464 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I like 18kt or platinum. For 18kt white gold I like palladium white gold. It stays pretty white and doesn’t have nickel which many people are allergic to.

    18kt palladium white gold, never plated, platinum.

    Platinum is definitely more prone to warping, but neither of mine has ever done this and I’m not gentle on my rings. I think that hand-forging helps. 18kt palladium white gold is what Cartier and Tiffany use in their jewelry. They don’t use 14kt, neither do European fine jewelry makers.

    Platinum and gold are nearly equal in price at this point. Here with 18kt yellow gold.

    Post # 11
    33 posts

    I got platinum because my ring has a ton of micro pave diamonds & I read platinum tends to be better for holding them. Since platinum is cheap right now, it was only a few hundred more. The platinum “patina” is a nonissue, since there’s no real visible metal on the top side of my ring. 

    My set from my first marriage was white gold, and it was fine. In 11 years, neither ring needed to be replated. 

    Post # 12
    1496 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    Same as PP my ring is Verragio which has tons of scrolls and pave so I need the sturdiness of platinum prongs. I don’t mind the weathered patina look so I don’t feel the need to get it polished, and it never needs dipping so zero maintenance!

    Post # 13
    2352 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I hate my white gold engagement ring. If I had known then what I know now I wouldn’t have gotten one since the damn thing needs to be redipped constantly.

    I decided that wasn’t happening with my wedding band and I bought an Edwardian platinum band probably around 1918 or so. Mine is engraved. I do not see any issues with it, and considering its nearly a 100 years old I’d say we are good. 

    Post # 14
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    So I got the 14k white gold ring in and it is so much better than plat so far. It has no scratches underneath and is weightless. Not to mention that there are no signs of warping what so ever.. They also made my wedding band in it as well. I can hardly feel my rings when I tried them on together which is SO nice considering I never wore jewelry before getting engaged. Here’s a pic of the set if anyone is interested! I also put a close up of the ring itself in the new metal. I seriously couldn’t be happier I made the switch!


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