(Closed) Platinum vs. yellow gold?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Platinum scratches easier, but it’s also easier to have the scratches buffed out since you won’t lose any metal.  I don’t think the maintenance is much different though.  Rhodium plated white gold is the one that has different maintenance requirements due to the redipping.

I mix metals all the time, and I don’t think it looks weird at all.  I say go for the one you like best.  Wedding sets match everything, no matter what.

Post # 3
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a platinum e-ring, and wear yellow gold earrings, bracelet and RHR.  I don’t think it’s weird.  Both are just as durable imo (I’ve worn gold rings my whole life, e-ring is only plat piece I have) so I’d just go with which ever one you like most and not worry about ‘matching’

Post # 4
1329 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

LOVE my yellow gold. i think it’s making a comeback and i’m partial, so i say get that one 😀 

Post # 5
162 posts
Blushing bee

A pretty big pro for platinum is that when force is applied to a prong, platinum will ‘bend’, since it’s less brittle than gold. Gold is more brittle, so it’s more prone to breaking off. Reminds me of an old moral I heard as a kid, that a strong flower bends with the wind while a rigid flower will snap.

I’d take a bent prong over no prong at all any day of the week. It’s the reason why some jewelers make a white gold ring with platinum prongs.

Post # 6
5397 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

You can get platinum rhodium plated if you want to keep it looking bright and shiny. The appeal of either platinum or yellow gold to me, though, is the fact that you DON’T need to do much maintenance. Of course it won’t look brand new, but the scratches and the “dullness” most people refer to when talking about the aging of platinum or yellow gold are actually very minor and cannot generally be noticed by anyone except the wearer. PLatinum doesn’t actuall get “dull”; it just develops slight marks from being worn. There is no question that a worn platinum ring is still shiny to most people. Likewise with yellow gold, sure they scratch, but they still glow and shine. Neither needs to be regularly polished, IMO, and in my eyes either one can go a lifetime without being polished and still look beautiful.

As for mixing metals, I have no issue with it when it involves an engagement ring or wedding set. That would be like worrying about what colour you are wearing because of the colour of your eyes. An ER to me becomes part of a person, and it doesn’t matter if it matches anything else at all. It simply IS, and therefore it goes with everything.

Post # 7
1404 posts
Bumble bee

Platinum is stronger and I like the silver color (white gold requires too much maitenence so I wouldn’t go with that). Plus plat. is worth more.

Gold is beautiful but doesn’t stand the test of time quite as well…Gold is more vintage. Platimum rings look nice and modern. idk what look you’re going for though.

My current ring is gold. I’m getting my boyfriend a thin gold ring for an engagement ring. I love the gold in my ring and love little gold rings…but for my future ering and wedding band, i want platinum for the reasons i listed. 


Also, it’s totally fine to mix metals…especially if they’re not rings. I never really see the ering as part of the whole outfit, it’s just a permanent fixture. like brown eyes or whatever, you know? not really something i would worry about coordinating. no one will notice. most people look at your face not your hands.

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Post # 8
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

TheGridMonster:  i have a yellow gold ering because everything else i own is yellow gold, aside from liking it more which is a personal thing my setting was $1700 in 14k yellow gold and $3200 for platinum. The diference was almost double.

Post # 9
1191 posts
Bumble bee

Platinum is a stronger metal than gold, so theoretically your gems will be in a sturdier setting with it. When gold scratches you’re actually slowly losing tiny amounts of your metal, when platinum scratches the metal is kind of just moved around the ring, but you’re not actually losing parts of your metal over time. Also something to consider is that over time, your platinum will get scratched up and create a patina. You can look up pictures of patina platinum to see if it’s a look you enjoy. That being said, both metals can be polished to look brand new. One good thing about both is that they don’t ever need to be rhodium plated like white gold. It really all boils down to a preference in look and potential durability.

Post # 10
2508 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Platinum is stronger than pure gold but jewlery is not pure gold.  There are alloys in it to make it strong.  Personally if you wear yellow gold usually I would get 14k gold.  Higher karats of gold will be soft and bound to deteriate over time but 14 k gold is pretty strong.  Plus, I personally don’t like the look of the gray tone of platinum.  i wanted a white metal so I ended up with white gold.  The tone is prettier to me even though it is a slight pain to maintain

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