(Closed) 18K white gold vs. platinum

posted 11 years ago in Rings
  • poll: which one?

    18K white gold


  • Post # 32
    2492 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I have 18K white gold and although someday I’d love a Platinum band for the “weight” I love my band 🙂

    Post # 33
    833 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011


    I own 18 k gold white gold rings and my e-ring is platinum.  Both metals are pretty & shiny, so there aren’t any obvious differences.

     The only negative thing I’ve found with my 18k white gold rings is that after having worn them every day for close to 5 years (1 on each hand)-they have both started to turn yellow.  Almost NO scratches on either ring.

    I love me platinum e-ring..But…I’ve already noticed tiny scratches all over the bottom of it..and I’ve only worn it for a little over 2 months. Only time will tell how/if the metal color will change.

    Not sure if this helps with your decision =)

    Post # 34
    2 posts
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I agree on all the other posters’ points about platinum. I also like its heft. I didn’t want my $10K ring to feel like costume jewelry on my finger! I also didn’t want to have to redip every few months. A friend of mine got white gold and she had to redip it after only 5 months. And even after that, I thought it looked more yellowy than white compared to the platinum. So far mine hasn’t scratched. I was told that any marks I see could be polished out anyway – they aren’t really “scratches”.

    THe jeweler also told me that platinum holds stones more securely than any other metal. At first I thought he was just trying to sell us on it, but then I heard the same thing at a BBQ from another jeweler (who had no financial interest in the ring we chose 🙂 )

    Post # 35
    3 posts





    White Gold 
    To achieve the silvery white color, gold is alloyed with white metals such as nickel, manganese or palladium. White gold is often plated with a hard element called rhodium, which tends to wear away over time and might require re-plating.






    Platinum is the strongest precious metal used in jewelry making, and it is often paired with diamonds. It has a white sheen that highlights the brilliance of a diamond, while holding it firmly in a setting.




    Due to exceptional durability, platinum does not wear away. Instead, over time, it develops a satin sheen called patina, which creates a unique look that many people find appealing.




    Most of our platinum jewelry is 95 percent platinum with 5 percent of other alloys such as iridium, palladium or ruthenium. For guaranteed quality in platinum, look for the marks 950 Plat or Plat.




    Care and maintenance




    •  Patina can be polished away by a jeweler, to restore the original shine.




    •  For at-home maintenance, platinum jewelry can be buffed with a cloth or soaked in warm soap water and gently cleaned with a soft brush.









    Post # 36
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    My engagement ring is platinum, but I also have rings in white gold. I really wanted platinum because my skin sometimes gets irrtated from white gold – 24k yellow gold does not bother me but something in the white gold gives my skin a rash. Knock on wood, I haven’t had an irritation with the platinum yet.

    I also love the weight of it as other people have described and something about the platinum feels more precious than white gold.

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