(Closed) Gold vs. Platinum

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which is better?

    Gold (Explain, please)

    Platinum (Explain, please)

  • Post # 3
    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have platinum. Ultimately, it’s stronger than gold. Taken from a website: 

    Although more expensive, platinum makes an ideal substitution to white gold. Unlike white gold rings, which are made of only 75 percent or less precious metal, platinum rings are usually 95 percent pure. Platinum is also stronger than gold and because it naturally gives off a silvery shine, it is unnecessary to plate it with rhodium and will keep its brilliance forever.”


    Post # 4
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    Paltinum is more pure and harder than PURE 24k gold.  Most gold (yellow and white) used for rings is mixed with other metals to make it harder.  So ultimately, platinum is slightly softer than gold alloys.  If you are going for the white look, platinum looks the whitest, but where white gold remains shiny, platinum gets a patina over time and looks gray and matte.  But it can be easily buffed back to a shine.  I chose white gold because I like the shiny look over the matte look.  Totally personal choice!  Platinum is also 60% heavier so it will physically feel more substantial.  Platinum is more expensive, but right now the cost of gold is up so the costs might be similar between the two.  Good luck and have fun in your ring search!!

    Post # 5
    1175 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I picked white gold for my ring because at the time I was under the impression that it was stronger then platinum, and that platinum would dull over time, where as with white gold I could dip it every 6 months – 1 year and it would keep its brilliance and shine. I’ve always had white gold and I always loved it. I don’t know anything about platinum and I don’t know if I own anything thats platinum. =)

    Post # 6
    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We’ve met at least 3 jewlers who have recommended a white gold band with platinum prongs.  

    Post # 7
    1617 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I have white gold because I like gold but think silvery metals look better on my skin. Plus it was more affordable.

    Post # 8
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I voted white gold, because  a jewler explained to me, that while yes, platinum is technically stronger, the metal is more unforgiving when it is damaged, his example was if you have two similiar rings one in white gold/yellow gold and one in platinum, both same style, same shank size, and scratch them, you can get rid of the scratch in white gold, by redipping or buff it out in yellow gold, where as the sratch in platinum will stay there unless you do major work on it…. (this is from a guy who has been in the jewlery business for 50 years this year actually, and sells alot of platinum….and has alot of customers come in very upset about scratches in their platinum ring that wont come out when they send it to be cleaned…..so i went with white gold, because i know my rings will inevitably get dinged and scratched, and gold will be gold and become malleable, but i like the option that not only can i get it fixed, i can readily afford it….

    Post # 9
    595 posts
    Busy bee

    @ForeverAndEverAfter:  I agree with this. Platinum scratches more easily, so if your band is platinum it will show wear faster. But platinum is also stronger, so you want it in the prongs to be made of platinum (to hold in the diamond) so that you don’t need to replace them as often.

    Post # 10
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We too had the same debate.

    As my E-Ring is quite a sparkly one (cocktail ring style) … and therefore I can’t wear it everywhere… I want my W-Band to be durable and relatively plain (no diamonds)… something that I can wear 24/7×365 Days a Year and NEVER take it off no matter what I am doing (including Household Chores, Gardening, Snorkelling etc)

    We went to a local Jeweller (albeit a highend place) because we were in search of Platinum (not everyone carries it here) and wanted to “see” the difference and ask Questions.

    My E-Ring is 18K White Gold… at the Jewellery Store we looked at both Platinum and various White Golds (10K – 14K – and 18K) options.

    The White Gold bans were shiny like my E-Ring… and because Gold is more durable, and less costly… we’ve decided that is the route we’ll be taking for my W-Band (10K because it is the most durable)

    Lol, it didn’t hurt either knowing that the price difference was STAGGERING… they wanted $ 250 for a 10K White Gold 2.5 mm band, and $ 1250 for a Platinum 2.5 mm band.

    That made the choice that much easier to make (at least in regards to which metal to pick)

    Sadly, we’ve also discovered that my ring has sort of a Cathedral shape to it… more arched than a perfectly rounded circle… so the metal is thickest at the top of my ring… and therefore would look best with a Custom W-Band alongside that isn’t lost against the E-Ring.

    So it is “literally” back to drawing board for us.


    Post # 12
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Neither, I’d get palladium.  platinum you pay for the 1.7times heavier weight.  palladium is just as strong 95% pure too, and doesn’t need rhodium either.  its more precious than gold and maybe even more rare than platinum.

    Post # 14
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @lass:  although i know several girls who have palladium bands and they are because its a hypoallergenic metal….or so ive been told….

    Post # 15
    4913 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    White gold scratches easier, from what I understand.

    Post # 16
    8375 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I wanted and have platinum rings because I love how heavy and substantial platinum feels. I also love that the metal is so white.  I have two anniversary rings that I received last fall, and the bottoms of both (the tops are covered with diamonds) are starting to show a much warmer tone than my platinum wedding band and e-ring.

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