(Closed) Mens wedding band. White gold vs Platinum.

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
446 posts
Helper bee

Gold and platinum can both get scratched, but with gold you lose (albeit tiny amounts) of the metal–with platinum, the metal just displaces. There’s tons of good info online comparing the the two metals.

I have a platinum ring, but my fiance will get white gold because he just likes the silvery color and wanted a traditional metal that wasn’t too expensive.

I have white gold rings and my skin eats away at the rodium plating, so my white gold has a buttery color. Not my thing, that’s why my e-ring is platinum. 

Post # 3
44 posts

Men hate having to rhodium plate their wedding rings every 6 months to a year unless they’re obsessed like us women with things like that.


Men who take more pride in their appearance = white gold is fine (so long as your warranty covers regular plating)

Men who are manly men (rough handymen, etc) = platinum, they don’t want to be in the jewelry store more than they have to

Post # 4
264 posts
Helper bee

Have you asked him if he has a preference? Has he tried on both metals? We’re going with platinum for his ring because he personally hates the bright silver color of white gold and really likes the patina on platinum.

Post # 5
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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miztydon :  My rings are both platinum, but we went with 18K white gold for DH’s, because he was overly concerned about losing it and didn’t want to pay the price of platinum. A year later, the ring looks good from afar, but up close, it’s pretty scratched up. Granted, we got a matte finish on the ring, so that adds to the appearance of scratches, but it’s pretty dinged up. I’ve had my e-ring for almost three years, and my wedding band for the same amount of time as he’s had his (obviously) and it’s barely scratched at all (my rings also have a matte finish). Someday, we might replace his ring, but it doesn’t seem to bother him yet. He’s incredibly low maintenance, though! I think if your guy cares even a little bit, the extra cost of platinum might be worth it.

Post # 6
2345 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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miztydon :  my husband loves his plain platinum band. In one year, it did get a few scratches, you’d have to look for them to notice though,but it looked brand new again after a free quick polish at the jewellers I bought it from. They offere a free annual service and check on rings for life.  

I love the heft and longevity of platinum. It’s also hypoallergenic.  

Post # 7
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My dad has a platinum band but I think its his third as he has lost two over the 45+ years he has been married. I’m certain he has been wearing this one for 25 years and its a little scratched up but it has that nice patina that platinum gets after many years of wear.

We went for white gold for hubby because platinum was too expensive for his massive size 13 finger…. Hehe. His ring has worn well considering he forgets to take it off when working on mechanical stuff like his car. We have got it dipped once in 3 years and it looked brand new. Both choices are lovely but I would stay away from white gold if your Fiance has skin chemistry that eats away at the  rhodium plating. Some people need white gold dipped every six months and it can be annoying and expensive over the years.

ETA: my dad was an office worker so the wear on his ring is minimal. My hubby has a 10k white gold band which has helped in longevity and minimizing dings and dents. 18k gold is way softer so I would factor that into longevity if your fi works with his hands or has hobbies that can cause it to get more dinged up.

Post # 8
1610 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

Hubby has white gold and loves it. The lightness was a benefit to him ( compared to the weight of platinum) because his band is 8mm in a size 13. Still perfectly white and shiny nearly 2 years later despite the fact that he has never taken it off. He is very hard on rings and white gold works well for him.

Post # 10
6243 posts
Bee Keeper

My husband has a plain platinum band. He chose it for two reasons. 1) my rings are platinum and we like the idea of matching metals and 2) once it’s done it’s done – as pp have said, it never thins or needs replacing. After one month of wear it’s certainly dulled down a little bit but we both like that. For us there was no question that we’d go for platinum. 

Post # 11
510 posts
Busy bee

Partner is getting platinum because he, nor I, like the idea of having to re-dip white gold every year or so. That’s too high maintenance for us. 

Post # 12
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Platinum all the way. My DH loves that it’s dulled to a nice patina without taking on a yellow color (not a shiney ring guy). It also doesn’t weaken/thin over time. Not sure I would pay extra for Tacori for a dude.

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