(Closed) Is platinum worth the extra $?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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SunnierDaysAhead:  Platinum develops a patina overtime. If she likes the look of that patina and doesn’t want it polished from time to time (which would mean dropping off at the jewelers, much like redipping a WG ring), they should go with that. WG does need redipping (I hear) but I’ve been wearing my WG ering for over 2 years and it looks great.

I really think it’s about personal preference and overall desired look.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Platinum is rhodium plated just like white gold – so they look equally shiny when first bought. The difference is that when the plating starts coming off, white gold will likely take on a creamy color (this will vary with each ring) and platinum will take on a more metaly look. If you google, images will help you see the difference.

Honestly, unless you have a super active job or lifestyle, I don’t think it matters which you get. Also, platinum is not indestructible, so it’s not like you are guaranteed 100% safety over gold. 

Also, I look at price per wear in determining whether something is cost effective. And if you have the funds, the difference isn’t that much over the long run. Ultimately, it’s just what you like better. Does she have any opinions one way or the other?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

For my e-ring, I just liked the low maintenance of platinum. The patina doesn’t bother me, and I enjoy the weight and heft of the metal.

I also have a family heirloom engagement ring from the 1920s, which is white gold, and it looks just fine. Its unplated white gold however.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have metal allergies and the nickel in white gold irritates my skin. We went with platimum mainly for that reason. I also like the low maintenance of it.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I had a platinum solitaire when I was engaged to my ex and I honestly don’t like the color of platinum. It’s more gray than white gold, scratches, and dents easier. Platinum has to be buffed and polished every so often to avoid a patina (brushed matte look) which some people like. White gold is polished every time you have it rhodium dipped but it would take years and years to lose a significant amount of gold. So it’s a matter of preference both 18k,14k white gold and platinum can be forever rings.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have a platinum e-ring and white gold RHR. I much perfer the weight of the platinum. You really can’t see the metal on my e-ring cause it’s covered in diamonds, so the metal is on the inside of my hand. I’ve had it for 6 months and I can’t tell a difference in color.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I absolutely think it makes a difference and after having both WG and Plat, I would never go back to WG.

I love the weight of the platinum and the feel of it. It feels like quality and I love that it will never discolor. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Platinum is rarer than gold. It has a heavier, more substantial feel. I would do platinum over white gold if given the option.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I haven’t had anything in white gold, so while I can’t make any useful comparisons there, I must say that I really love the extra heft of platinum. And while I’ve only had my e-ring for 6 months now, there isn’t a single scratch on it that I can see. I was planning on having it buffed out once a year or so since I love the new/shiny look and it’s free, but at this rate, I doubt I’d need to that often.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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LilRhodyGem:  Really? That doesn’t sound right that platinum would be coated with rhodium. The patina that develops over time gets buffed back to a high shine. It doesn’t get “dipped”. I mean – I’m no expert at all. I could be wrong. But it doesn’t sound right to me.

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SunnierDaysAhead:  I think it’s worth it if you’re color sensitive. It bothers me that my white gold ring is so yellow. Now other people might not notice that it’s yellow at all, but I can see it. I wish it was platiunum or palladium. All that being said though, white gold is still a forever ring. This ring is not going anywhere. It’s gonna hold up to being worn every day. So in the end – we couldn’t justify the price ourselves. I wish I had the money, but I don’t. So even though I say it’s “worth” it, it wasn’t for us. And it may not be for your friend either. They should think about what they could spend the money on. Are there other things that are bigger priorities? Or can they afford to spend a little extra and get a ring that holds its color? Is the color of the ring really so important, or is the diamond more important?

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

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SunnierDaysAhead:  my wedding set is platinum, and I have several white gold rings. I personally prefer platinum. The main differences are the colour (platinum is darker/greyer than white gold which is ‘whiter’ and shinier); durability (platinum is more durable; tends to bend rather than break (so better for prongs), and doesn’t lose mass whereas gold does); the fact that white gold has it’s colour from plating which will need to be done anything from every 6 months depending on the way it reacts to your skin (some people find it yellows more quickly than others, how you wear it (eg how often  you take it off), and how much the colour bothers you; and ‘heft’ (platinum is denser than gold so a ring of the same width in platinum will be heavier than the same in gold). 

With regards to the patina, you can actually polish your ring yourself routinely, you don’t have to take it in to a jeweller. Also, while mine has developed a patina, it has only developed it on the underside (palm side); the rest of the ring is still very shiny, as shiny as the day we got it (been wearing the engagement ring for 20 months and the wedding band for 8 months continuously). 

It really is personal preference.I wouldn’t say either is ‘better’, they’re just different. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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SunnierDaysAhead:  I have a platinum e-ring and wedding band and I think it was 100% worth the extra money. I don’t mind having to get a ring polished, but continuing to have to get it redipped would’ve driven me nuts. Especially because I am not a fan of gold at all and would’ve hated the look of seeing a yellow tint at all on either ring. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Speaking from personal experience, I would always choose platinum over white gold. Why? Allergies. I had a white gold ring a couple years ago and while it was fine for a while, I developed a severe reaction to the nickel content (go ahead and Google pompholyx/dishidrotic eczema if you’re feeling brave). This seriously lasted for years after I stopped wearing the ring. I was heartbroken at the time and I can’t imagine if it had been my enagement ring that I couldn’t wear anymore. Platinum is hypoallergenic because it doesn’t need to be alloyed with any other metal. It’s hard enough and the correct color as-is.

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Helper bee

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koi424:  I’ve run into a few jewelers who say sometimes platinum is rhodium plated so that it’s extra shiny and new looking when first purchased. I/they could be wrong! Or maybe just sketchy jewelers do that lol

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