(Closed) The White Gold/Platinum Dilemma

posted 5 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

 

Hi,

We went with platinum. It started showing micro scratches after about a month. I’ve only had it since Feb 2016. For us it was worth the cost. My Fiance said no upgrades it’s a forever ring so we went platinum e color internally flawless etc… so I wanted to go all the way. πŸ™‚ I own white gold jewerly and at this stage my ering looks very similar no patina yet. Good luck.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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CaitlenW:  I wanted white gold but Fiance wanted platinum for both allergy and clumsiness reasons (he calls me Bam-Bam :p). The platinum is not as bright/shiny but I havent even noticed that now that it’s on my hand. Never had it buffed and there is a patina from all my clumsy moments, but I kind of like it that way. 

It does look more grey than white but I actually prefer that now that it’s on my finger. 

Oh yeah, I’ve had it since Dec 25, 2015.

*I’m attaching/writing this from my phone so hopefully it isn’t huge. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Ring is white gold (I have sensitive skin but no issues with it), I prefer the color to platinum, and it was how fiancée wanted to do it (he designed the ring on his own) with a diamond and sapphire side stones and alternating diamonds and sapphires in the band. I’ve never had it replated thus far but the jewelry store will do it at no cost every six months if I want.  I will have it done right before wedding as the wedding bands will be custom made in white gold and I want the plating to match.  I’m careful with jewelry so I was more worried about scratching and honestly if given the choice I probably still would have gone white gold because I love vintage jewelry and white gold in general   

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My rings are 18K white gold (my wedding band won’t be here for another week or so though – this picture was taken in the store).I’ve had my white gold engagement ring for about a year and a half now and haven’t needed it to be replated at all.

I was surprised I didn’t have any reaction to the metal because my mom has had issues with white gold, and I have had problems with nickle earrings. 

I wouldn’t switch to platinum if given the chance. However, my rings are Tacori and they use bletter alloys in their white gold (palladium, I believe. It helps the rings to look more gray, rather than yellow, when the rhodium starts to wear). They also provide a lifetime warranty to cover maintenance (rhodium plating if needed, stones in the wedding band, etc.). 

One of my friend’s wedding set is white gold too (I’m not sure what the specifics are) – she’s had the engagement ring for two years and the band for one year, and she hasn’t had to have it replated. 

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Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

my rings are 14k white gold.  I have a lot of allergies and have had major issues with nickle earrings, but no issues with my ring.  I’ve had it for 6 months and have had no issues with any kind of wear.  I do have free maintenance for lifetime on it though.  That covers cleaning, re-dipping, etc.)

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Simsbury 1820 House

Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Can’t you not resize platinum? I’m a gold girl (yellow gold).

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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SomethingBlue1009:  youre wrong πŸ™‚ can totally resize platinum.

My opinion: Platinum or bust OP. Its the luxury white metal of choice, hands down. The heavy feel and durability trump the price increase. And any metal gets fine scratches, thats not just a platinum thing. WG is too warm for me- I prefer the color of platinum as well. WG also just doesnt exist in nature… which should tell you something!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

14k white gold and the ering is 4 years old.

Both rings have only been replated once.

White gold stays shiny and develops a creamy color as the rhodium wears off which I prefer over the dark, cooler look of platinum as it ages. I have had worn platinum before (previous wedding set) and it wasn’t for me. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

( Psst! I bet if you post this on the ring board you might get more replies! )

I have a white gold set and I love it, this set is an upgrade/replacement for my original yellow gold set from 2003. I’ve only had it since November 2015 but my rhodium is wearing – the mirror finish was long gone within a month, lol. I’m okay with that as I like the patina of white gold in general. My husband’s ring is white gold and has never been re-plated with rhodium. His is definitely a different colour than mine, but he’s cool with that. I do love the look of platinum too though.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

I wanted Platinum, but it was SO expensive and there wasn’t a huge range to choose from. My Ring only came in 18K White Gold:

I’ve had it since September (so not super long) and it’s yellowed ever so slightly underneath. I wouldn’t say it is yellow, just a bit duller than before. I probably won’t bother getting it redipped until next year though.

I’ve not had any adverse reaction to it, but I don’t have any metal sensitivities. It’s a little scuffed as I work with my hands a lot in the day, but it polishes up lovely.

I wouldn’t switch to Platinum. Although I wanted it originally, I know a lot of people who are dissatisfied with their Platinum rings as they still aren’t entirely hard wearing. My SIL’s ring is Platinum and one of her prongs broke and her Solitaire fell out! Not worth the increased price IMO if you can still have issues.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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CaitlenW:  I much prefer platinum! I just like how heavy it feels and the durability. Mine is patina ‘d but it’s still very shiny IMO. Any metal band is going to get scratched up- the first few scratches hurt but then eventually it becomes the patina.

so for your questions, here’s my pic and I’ve been wearing it for 8 months now. I take a flannel cloth to it occasionally but have not had it pro polished.  I’ll get it buffed once a year when I take my solitaire in to be inspected. You don’t want to do more often than that because a pro buff makes it lose material each time.  I think it’ll cost 50$ and my place returns it with in a few hours. That’s going to differ jeweler to jeweler though. Mines from a luxury shop so I’m sure I pay more but I appreciate the same day service. I don’t regret paying more for platinum at all, this is my set for life and will be an heirloom so I want it to be durable! To me it looks shiny silvery even with the  patina. Excuse the crummy office lighting πŸ™‚ 

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