Post # 1
We want our wedding bands to match and are unsure what metal we want to get… We haven’t purchased the e-ring, yet (even though we’ve picked a date) and want that to match as well.
I’d love to know what everyone thinks of these metals and why.
Post # 3
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
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
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
We’ve met at least 3 jewlers who have recommended a white gold band with platinum prongs.
Post # 7
I have white gold because I like gold but think silvery metals look better on my skin. Plus it was more affordable.
Post # 8
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
@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
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 # 11
Thanks everyone for the comments! It’s really good to know more about the metals.
I would love for our wedding bands to match and he has his heart set on platinum… I think I would like a yellow gold e-ring, though.
Does anyone know anything about two-tone yellow gold and platinum rings?
Post # 12
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.
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@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
White gold scratches easier, from what I understand.
Post # 16
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.