Post # 1
I went wedding band shopping with FI over the weekend.
My e-ring is platinum, center diamond with channel set side diamonds.
We found a platinum ring that matches my ering perfectly, a band with channel set diamonds. It was on sale, $1000 off because it was a custom order than no one picked up and is not part of their regular line. The only issue is, we will have to notch my ring so it sits flush.
Then we went to another store. That jeweler showed us a different style ring. I like the way it looked because it goes together but doesn’t match. The jeweler said, don’t waste your money on platinum, white gold is cheaper and perfectly fine. This ring was only $200 less than the first ring. And I won’t have to notch my ring because it sits low.
So what to do??? I thought platinum was better because it was more durable than white gold. White gold I hear you have to get filled all the time. I’ve been wearing my ering for about 3 months, haven’t cleaned it besides normal hand washing and it is still as sparkly as the day I got it.
Can anyone offer advice?
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
I’m at the 1 year mark for my white gold band and am getting it redipped next week (the week before the wedding), so it held up pretty well.
Post # 4
Platinum is heavier than white gold.
Platinum is a natural white metal with a rich, distinctive colour tone which, although not as reflective (shiny) as silver or white gold, will not fade or tarnish. To create white gold, yellow gold is alloyed with other metals to achieve a near white look and usually must be rhodium plated to maintain its brilliant white colour.
White gold will need replating to maintain its whiteness. I believe it is recommended that you do this every 6-12 months (depending on how quickly it yellows on you – it varies from person to person). However, I don’t think it is expensive to have your ring replated.
As you’ve got a platinum engagement ring, I strongly recommend getting a platinum wedding band. (I would say to get a white gold band if you had a white gold engagement ring – don’t mix metals!)
If you intend to wear a platinum ring next to a gold one, consider whether there is a way to prevent the platinum from rubbing against the gold so that no damage occurs. Signs of wear may start to show on your wedding band if you mix the two metals but you could get a spacer to sit between the two if you do opt for white gold to protect the band.
Post # 5
I have a white gold ring and I’ve never had to have it dipped/filled (I’ve had it for over 2 years). I wear it daily and I only take it off to clean it occasionally (I have a moissy so I don’t need to clean it often). I think platinum will patina though, so it might look different from the other ring over time. Also, depending on your skin chemistry, your white gold ring might yellow over time. If you’re getting a platinum e-ring, you should probably get a platinum band to match.
Post # 6
I agree with the bee above me saying don’t mix metals.
Post # 7
@ajillity81: Since your e-ring is platinum, I’d go with platinum if you can. I’m not positive, but I would worry that the plating might rub off faster if it’s constantly rubbing against platinum.
Yes, you need to re-dip white gold. I think the shine of the metal is also slightly different.
If you wanted to mix metals, I’d do something like platinum and yellow gold since they’re different enough… but not white and white since it would look weird to have two slightly different white metals if you know what I mean.
Post # 8
Also, I’ve read that platinum and white gold can begin to look different from one another fairly quickly. I like things to match so this would bug me. Platinum will pick up a kind of soft grey patina whereas most white gold jewellery will begin to oxidise and yellow with exposure to the chemicals released by the skin.
Post # 9
great idea not to mix metals, i knew you had to get WG filled but i wasn’t thinking of how it would look on my finger after a certain amount of time had passed.
@lunalyra: you also mentioned about not rubbing. will it be ok if the 2 rings are both platinum and they might rub together?
Post # 10
@ajillity81: I think so because they are a similar hardness. I believe gold to be softer than platinum, which is where the concern with the two rings rubbing against one another comes from.
Post # 11
My sister had a platinum engagement ring and white gold band, and they started to look different from each other. She ended up getting a new platinum band so they would match.
Post # 12
definitely agree to not mix metals. i have a platinum diamond eternity band and just got my white gold engagement ring. i thought i could wear them together but NOPE. you can distinctly tell the difference between the two metals. it looks very off which is too bad 🙁
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I agree with the others that mixing metals is probably not a good idea and you should go with the matching band.
As for white gold versus platinum I have heard each has its ups and downs as does anything. My best friend has had her white gold wedding set for 4 years now and never had it re-dipped. It looks beautiful, you can only now start to see a little yellowing on the back of the band so she probably will need it re-dipped soon. My white gold e-ring came with a lifetime warranty that included rhodium plating for free as often as I want. My jeweler said most women she works with have it done annually.
Post # 14
Platinum is softer, so it bends more, which means less chance of prongs snapping off but high risk of prongs bending. It also scratches easier and deveops a scratch “patina” quickly.
In color, platinum is a darker gray like lead (if it looks white, that’s actually rhodium plating on top that you’re looking at). White gold is whiter and brighter, and if unplated with no nickle in the alloy, may have a slight warm hue.
Post # 15
I’ll just echo what others said that you shouldn’t mix metals. I’ve heard a few accounts from people who mixed the two, and the platinum started to “eat” the gold and wear it away. Platinum wears quite differently than gold. Platinum is more durable, but it also scratches very easily.
Post # 16
I would not mix metals, if I were you. Keep in mind that any jeweler wants to make the sale, so their information is definitely biased.