(Closed) Can you tell the difference between platinum and white gold on brand new rings?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Other than weight a spanking new white gold band still appeaars yellower next to platinum.  It has a tinge of color in it because platinum is so white.  Aren’t your bands marked for platinum tho?

Post # 4
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009


Platinum scratches extremely easily. I had my e-ring for less than two days when I looked at the bottom of my ring and saw all of the scratches. I was pretty upset at first, wondering how I had damaged it. Also, platinum also loses metal when buffed, but not when scratched.

Post # 5
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

There should be a mark in the inside that tells what it’s made of. Just looking at them you can’t always tell. If white golds is rhodium plated they can look the same. My e-ring is rhodium plated white gold and my band is platinum and they appear identical even after several months. 

Post # 6
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

They should be stamped on the inside indicating what type of metal they are. This is a helpful grid to show what the stamps mean: http://www.jewelry-secrets.com/Jewelry/Marks-Stamped-Inside-Rings/What-Do-The-Marks-Stamped-Inside-Your-Ring-Mean.html

The main difference I’ve noticed just by looking at 18K white gold vs. platinum is that platinum is usually a little darker while white gold is lighter or whiter looking. Of course, after time the white gold starts to turn yellow so it’s more obvious, but in a jewelry store I can usually spot the white gold because it’s super white.

Post # 7
6359 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes, platinum looks grayish, like lead…and is heavy, like lead. It’s not my favorite metal, personally.

White gold is gold, and if it’s freshly rhodium plated, or mixed with nickel (the old way of making white gold), it’s a bright white metal…and has the weight of gold (neither lead-heavy nor costume-jewelry-light). Once the rhodium plating wears off new white gold, you can start to see buttery hints of gold gold underneath… personally I like that look, though gold gold is my favorite.

Post # 8
9690 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a couple of white gold rings that are very  similar in color to my platinum wedding set. I really can’t tell much difference, to tell you the truth.  Even my rhodium plated silver right-hand rings (I have several) look just as silvery and shiny as the platinum and white gold rings do.  I take very good care of all my jewelry, though.

Post # 9
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been able to tell simply by the weight so I’m surprised that he couldn’t tell.  I also think that white gold looks much whiter than Platinum.  I was thinking of getting white gold for my band but it doesn’t look right next to my engagement ring (which is Platinum)

And it should be marked on the inside as well.

Post # 12
4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The weight and stamp are really the only giveaways I can think of if the rings are new and unscratched.  Even my tiny 2mm platinum band feels super heavy.

Post # 13
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Burtongirl:  my platinum ring has the stamp PLT inside it for platinum. you can also tell by the weight. as far ad the scratching though, it is something to be expected with platinum. although it wears well, platinum is a soft metal that is prone to scratching. this is what develops the patina of platinum over time.


Also, my jeweller told me that platinum should not lose metal when it is buffed. 

Post # 14
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

I can’t tell a difference by just looking. my rings are unplated white gold, and I think they look really white unless I hold them up to another metal. 

the salesperson was probably just being lazy and assuming it was gold without thinking. they should have looked inside the band before shelling out advice. 

Post # 15
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Is your ring white gold or platinum? I have heard that platinum scratches easier than white gold. I noticed that that wasn’t true in my case. I have a platinum ering and there are no scratches. I’ve only had the pleasure on wearing it for a 2 days, it’s back in the jeweler there was a bit of uneveness to it. I actually accidentally banged it on a post and wall a few hours after I got it. I have been doing other things and no scratches so far. Which is great. I’ve had problems with white gold rings before and after that experience, I am sticking to platinum for rings.


Post # 16
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Maybe not at first, but white gold eventually starts to turn yellow/gold, so you will need to get it replated every so often.

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