(Closed) Platinum or White Gold?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I told Fiance that I was fine with White Gold, but he ended up getting mine set in platinum.  It’s harder and will show less scrapes from daily use.  Platinum is 100% platinum as white gold depending on what karat it is is a mixture of other types of metals, which can slightly alter its color and definitely alter its strength (higher karat of gold makes it softer and more succeptible to scratches).

White gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium. White gold can be 18kt, 14kt, 9kt or any karat. For example, 18kt yellow gold is made by mixing 75% gold (750 parts per thousand) with 25% (250 parts per thousand) other metals such as copper and zinc. 18kt white gold is made by mixing 75% gold with 25% other metals such as silver and palladium. So the amount of gold is the same but the alloy is different.

When white gold rings are new they are coated with another white metal called Rhodium. Rhodium is a metal very similar to platinum and Rhodium shares many of the properties of platinum including its white color.

The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look more white. The natural color of white gold is actually a light grey color. The Rhodium is very white and very hard, but it does wear away eventually. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately each 12 to 18 months. Most local jewelers are able to rhodium plate jewelry for a cost effective price.

Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, so it does not need to be Rhodium plated like white gold.

Platinum is very dense (heavy), so a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18kt gold ring.

That said, I have a platinum engagement ring and wear it next to a white gold eternity band that I had when I feel like pretending I am married!  I like looking at the bling together!  Honestly, I can’t tell the difference in color, but the eternity band is fairly new.

If you can afford platinum go for it, but if you can’t don’t let it bother you.  Both are beautiful and are so similar in appearance if you care for them properly that you can’t tell the difference. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I prefer white gold. Included in my insurance/warranty is rhodium plating every 6 months when I take it it to be cleaned, checked, and make sure the diamonds are okay.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have platinum for both rings and I love it! My college class ring is white gold and it looks dirty next to my e-ring. The platinum has a clean, sparkly look, whereas white gold has more of a classic, vintage look. However, platinum prongs are the way to go no matter what.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mine is a white gold band and the diamonds are set in platinum prongs. I like white gold but feel safe with the platinum prongs.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

DON’T get white gold.  I’ve had two people had their rings chip.  One girl at my work only had her ring for less than a year before she found out it was chipping! Now she has to have her white gold rings dipped for life! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There are definitely pros and cons to both.  Platinum is obviously more expensive, but it is also much harder and more expensive to fix.  My ring is 19k white gold, which is a newer alloy compound that is supposedly more durable, has less need for re-plating, but is still cheaper/easier to fix than platinum.  Unfortunately it isn’t offered many places because it needs to be worked individually instead of in bulk (like other gold with a lower karat).  But since you are basically making your own ring, it might be an option for you!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i like both honestly. i have had my wg right hand ring for four years and haven’t had any problems at all with it as long as it is cleaned well. i haven’t really compared it to another ring, but i like the look of it (it’s a vintage design) and it tends to look more authentic now than it first did.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I like platinum because it’s hypoallergenic and I don’t have to worry about redipping my ring ever, whereas with white gold you have to because it starts yellowing. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My e-ring is platinum and I have no complaints so far.  I love how shiny and purty it is!  Wink

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

You can get platinum rings at Costco for a great deal.  I priced out Costco’s rings to local retailers, and only 2 mom and pop shops could come close.  The rest of the retail chains said they couldn’t come close (I think mostly because the people I spoke with worked on commission).

Post # 13
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436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

My ring is white gold and I am very pleased with it. It always looks shiny (platinum scratches more easily and looks dull after a while). I’ve had it for 8 months and have had no issues with it yellowing or anything. I also love how lightweight it is. I see the benefits to platinum but for me, white gold has worked out fine!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My vote is PLATINUM.  The first reason is the cost-value right now is incredible. Gold prices are at an all-time high or close to and platinum prices are lower for several reasons.  So, as our jeweler told us, this is a great time to purchase platinum if it’s the metal you’re interested in. Yes, it is still more expensive but it’s at a more affordable cost and with gold being so high it’s less of a price difference. The second reason is that we don’t have to worry about having the platinum re-plated and it’s harder, less likely for me to damage. 

I too had many questions about platinum or white gold and posted “Pave in Platinum or White Gold.”  There are several really informative and helpful posts which really helped me, if you have a sec look over them.

Good luck with your decision and Congratulations!

 

 

Post # 15
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Newbee

Platinum definitely seems to have more pros and less cons than white gold. It’s white to begin with, it’s purer, and it’s more durable. That means no dipping, no allergies, less wear over time, and much less of a chance that a prong will break in the first place. I personally think all those things makes it worth the extra expense.

I’ve actually heard when you scratch platinum, you don’t lose any metal. Can anyone verify that? I think that would make the scratching issue something of a moot point.

It sounds like the ring has held up pretty well over the years in platinum. I say keep the tradition alive! 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You might consider Palladium.  I know it sounds weird, but it is in the Platinum family but it less expensive.  I have found on average it is just slightly more than White gold.  

Thisoldmachine – Like Platinum, Palladium will not loose metal when scratched like WG does. It just needs to be polished like Platinum.   

It also does not need to be rhodium plated like WG which is a big issue of mine.  

Good luck!

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