Post # 1
Hey, I heard that over time, platinum and white gold will wear differently. My engagement ring is made of platinum, it’s a three stone with a nice band. Can I get an eternity or semi-eternity band in white gold? Will it end up looking terrible together? What if I polish the platinum and re-coat the white gold with rhodium? Anyone know the answer?
Post # 3
It should be fine. My e-ring is yellow gold and platinum and my wedding ring is white gold. When they’re polished there isn’t a difference! Do what ever you like. It’s your wedding ring!
Post # 4
I’ve had several jewelers tell me not to do that because over a long period of time they’ll wear a lot differently, particularly when you recoat hte white gold (b/c it will look new and the platinum will look worn).
That being said, I’m thinking of doing white gold, instead of platinum, as well, despite the fact my e-ring is platinum.
Also, one jeweler said that the price of gold is so high right now that there isn’t too much of a difference between gold and platinum. I don’t know how true that is though.
Post # 5
They do wear a lot differently over time, even if you take care of them. It just depends on how picky you are and if you choose to afford platinum.
Post # 6
They wear differently but I cant tell the difference on mine yet. My biggest concern is having to get the white gold re-dipped but I think they look nice together and unless you know your stuff you cant tell the difference.
Post # 7
One of the factors that apparently affects how they wear together is body chemistry, and I was just too anxious to see if in 10 years my wedding band and engagement band look like crap next to each other. I opted to go for platinum for both since the antique e-ring we found was platinum.
Post # 8
Yes, they will wear differently because of the different densities. You’ll have to replate the white gold more because the platinum will wear it down faster and can actually damage teh white gold.
Post # 9
I had that problem too. Ultimately I went with a platinum band to match the e-ring. Looking back, I think it was a good decision.
Post # 10
It is also said that if the white gold is worn directly against the platinum, the platinum itself can start wearing the white gold thin, and you would have to get it re-dipped, regardless if your body chemisty acts against it or not.
Post # 11
Just wanted to mention that while the price per ounce between gold and platinum is not that much different right now, it will still likely cost a bit more for platinum since it’s heavier and technically you’ll be paying for more platinum (weight wise) then gold since the gold weighs less. So if you were comparing two settings that were exactly the same except one was gold and one was platinum, the platinum setting would be heavier in weight, thus more costly. I’m not sure I articulated that well, hopefully you guys understand what I’m saying.
Post # 12
I just went to my jeweler tonight to get my platinum e-ring cleaned and inspected and had this conversation. I was told that it doesn’t matter if I choose white gold or platinum, unless I want to solder them together of course (which I don’t). I asked if the rings would look different from each other over time, and the jeweler told me they will, but it will take like 50 years for that to happen. Still, I have decided to go with platinum because I’m weird and I would be bothered knowing that they aren’t the same metal.
Post # 13
So many factors can go into this scenario. Your body chemistry (which can vary depending on the climate you live in), the quality of the rhodium plating on the white gold ring, how well the rings fit together, etc. Most importantly, how particular are you about seeing the slight difference between 2 rings over time, and how much upkeep do you want to spend money on. Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong, and it’s definitely your choice. A good jeweler will do his/her best to help you find a solution you’re happy with, not what he/she prefers. 🙂
Post # 14
i actually have an acquaintance who when i got engaged and showed her my palladium white gold engagement ring, told me that she mixed metals for her band and engagement ring. her engagement ring was platinum and her wedding band was white gold. she told me how upset she was about not getting both the same metal. she did have a half eternity band and although you couldn’t tell from the top, she showed me the metal difference and it was pretty striking. i really want a platinum half eternity wedding band, because i’ve discussed getting a platinum anniversary ring some day with my fiance and i want to have a nice set of the same metal at some point. i didn’t want to set my fiance back on an expensive ring now, so i asked for white gold. i have compared my other friend’s platinum rings with my palladium and they match well enough for me now!
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery
I’ve been wondering about this too. Every jeweler I’ve asked claims you can mix the metals and it won’t be a problem. I wonder if they’re just doing that to try to sell me the more expensive platinum (I have a white gold e-ring).
Post # 16
Bean, just get what you have already, the white gold. My jeweler said it does matter. So did many bees. Better safe than sorry. We want our rings to last longer than 50 years like our marriages and our families! Rings are an important symbol. I wear my grandmother’s and great grandmother’s rings as well as the beautiful ones my husband gave me. The jewelry has lasted. I want to pass on my jewelry to my grandchildren in good shape.