(Closed) Gold or platinum

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have an 18ct white wedding ring and a platinum engagement ring (upgrade) My wedding ring is channel set with diamonds and so from the top they look the same colour but underneath you can really see the difference in the metals. Our plan is to upgrade my wedding ring to platinum eventually anyway and so i knew it wasnt going to bother me long term but its worth bearing in mind. The other thing to consider is tha the platnium is harder than the white gold and so it will over time wear away the white gold next to it.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I understand that white gold loses its colour and needs replating every so often? Because of that, I would suggest platinum. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have tried to show the colour difference in these two pics but not sure it is that noticeable on a picture! Sorry if they are huge………

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ill be honest, i think if you can, go with platinum for your wedding ring and upgrade your e-ring setting later down the line as the constant replating of the white gold is already a pain and the colour differecne after 3 months is already noticable as you can see. It doesnt look as bad in that pic i dont think either. Personal choice obviously!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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kannj2007:  I got platinum for my rings and I’m soooo glad I did. My reason was that a lot more people worked with it and my skin chemistry tends to make my white gold rings dull and/or yellow quicker than most so I didn’t want to have to keep parting with it to have it dipped. Now i’m glad I did it, because I recently started having a skin irritation to my white gold right hand ring.

For my wedding I got my husband’s grandmother’s engagement ring and my grandmother’s wedding ring that I wear together on my right hand. My husband’s grandmother’s ring is platinum and my grandmother’s ring is white gold. I’ve never had a problem with any of my other white gold jewelry giving me rashes or anything like that (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc…) but for some reason, after a few months of wearing it, my finger started to get super itchy and a rash broke out. I took the rings off the other day to give my finger time to heal and figure out what to do with the ring. I may have the plating taken off so I don’t keep having this reaction.

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I was completely set on platinum rings, but I wanted an antique ring and the particular one I wound up falling in love with is white gold.  So now I am almost certainly “stuck” with a white gold band as well, since the harder metal will wear on the softer over time and with an old ring in particular I just can’t have that.

If you are the sort of person to “upgrade” in the future, I would get the platinum band and pan on swapping out the engagement ring in the future if it starts to suffer.  But if your original set is important to you, you should probably stick to white gold.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Pick white or platinum based upon the look you prefer as it wears. I’ve personally worn white gold rings daily and have never had to redip yet, though I understand if you have sensitivity to gold, your chemistry may yellow the metal faster.  

 

Platinum will patina to a grey while white gold will remain shiny.   Redipping gold is WAY less time consuming and cheaper than getting your platinum polished.  

 

As for mixing rings, the more metal on the surface it will be apparent that the metals are different as they wear.  For example a pave band/plain band vs 2 plain bands.  Also you need to understand what amount of contact your rings have with each other.

Platinum is softer than gold.   It will smoosh or move when banged around and you will not lose metal vs gold which is more brittle and will knick.   This is why they say your stones are more secure in platinum.   You will less likely lose a stone where the prong bends vs breaks.  If you have platinum prong tips rubbing up against a gold basket, the tips will smoosh down over time. And if the other way around, the golf prongs will wear a notch in a platinum basket.

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have Platinum and rose gold (but it’s because I’m allergic to the nickel they put in white gold).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - The George, Christchurch

I have a solitaire platinum engagement ring. We just had my wedding band made with 1/2 eternity and we chose palladium. The e ring and wed band look exactly the same.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I love the look of worn white gold. I will get my e-ring polished but never replated. If I wanted the bright white look forever, I would have preferred platinum.

I would be worried about the platinum ring degrading the gold ring though.

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