(Closed) Metal Differences?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is my lay opinion on WG v. PLAT.

White Gold:

Pros: lighter (personal preference), cheaper

I would prefer white gold if I had a solitaire setting, because I don’t care for patina and I think WG looks brighter and shinier (after a rhodium dip).

If I were to purchase a custom WG ring, I’d ask that it be a gold/palladium blend.  Then you wont have to worry about allergies or replating as often.


Pros: less maintenance required, weight (personal preference), naturally white metal, stronger

If you’re not used to wearing rings, platinum may be uncomfortable.. I only say this because it took me a while to get used to my ring.  It’s quite heavy and I wasn’t a fan at first.  That being said – I am very color sensitive (don’t like the warm color of unplated WG), so I like the fact that my ring stays a consistent white “silvery” color.  I think for my ring platinum was about $1000 more than WG, but I think it differs by jeweler and setting.

Good luck!  🙂

Post # 4
1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I prefer white gold, but there is more up keep with certain qualities (ie: 10k vs. 19k) compared to paltinum. My ring is 19k white gold with palladium mixed in to make it stronger and more durable. I love it. It’s very light, shiny, and has a beautiful tone to it. I’ve hardly noticed any discoloration in my ring at all and I have been wearing it every day for almost 1.5 years. I doubt it will need to be dipped to freshen up the color anytime soon, whereas my mom’s 14k white gold ring has to be done once a year or so.

You can always go into a jewelry store and have a jeweler or metal smith explain the details to you. I always find it more reliable to make a decision if I’ve seen the differences myself. Sneak off one day and go try some on and compare. Ultimately it will have to be your personal preference.

Post # 5
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Garden of the Gods

White gold: has to be replated (redipped) about once a year, or it will start to yellow. Scratches easily, when gold scratches, it loses metal. Some places will include the replating in their warranty, so shop around if you decide to go with WG. If you have allergies, WG isn’t an option. Have you worn WG in the past on a daily basis to know for sure?

Platinum: high cost, but low-maintenance. Platinum has a clay-like composition; when it scratches the metal just displaces and can be polished back to new-like shine without replating or adding metal back to it.

Have you looked into Palladium? My e-ring and band are cast in Palladium. It can be harder to come by in brick and mortar shops, but has the same durability and lossless composition as Platinum with a very white color. It is hypo-allergenic, lighter than Platinum. And it costs much less than Platinum. Look at 950 Palladium (95% Palladium, 5% Ruthenium).

Blue Nile has a great reference for the differences in all three. This link will take you to the page where you can click on any of the three in the sidebar. Good luck!


Post # 6
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@playingdaisy: or you can get palladium. I hear it has the properties of platinum, but is not as expensive. do some research though, I don’t know that much about it.

platinum very white, very durable and is the best choice if you want your ring to be passed down in the family. however, it apparently loses its high polish and develops a “soft” sheen over time. I personally would like that very much. I’m not one for super high polishes.

as for gold: I have an 18K white gold ring and I wish it was 14k. 18k is softer and can scratch more easily, and it’s a warmer color when it doesn’t have rhodium plating.

some girls like 10K white gold because it’s more durable than 14k and whiter, but you really don’t see it very often in fine jewelry. it has a higher amount of impurities, which means it can eventually tarnish. I think that would take a long time though. you tend to only see rings with 10K gold on the more affordable retail sites like JC Penney or Overstock.

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