(Closed) White Gold or Platinum?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Helper bee

I have an 18k white gold e-ring and I love it, my friend has platinum and her ring is gorgeous but I do notice it’s not as bright and shiny as white gold. Regarding the re-dipping, I’ve only had mine done once(was free within first year, didn’t actually NEED done but why not!)and it came back looking brand new, if I decide to get it done again in a year it’s only £30 max, which includes cleaning and checking my diamonds are all secure so not a big deal. White Gold will not turn ‘yellow’ even if you never get it re-dipped, at most it’ll lose that bright white brand new colour but definitely not yellow!

Post # 17
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Helper bee

Wish I’d seen this post earlier, I just made a post asking basically the same thing. Good info on this thread – thanks ladies

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Jeravae: It’s nice that you have an expertise in the topic at hand, but I don’t know why you replied to my post to clarify something I made no mention of. I know 950 platinum is softer than 18k and 14k gold – it’s common knowledge.

Post # 20
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

lolot:  I had this question, too, because my mom’s rings are white gold and have never been redipped in the more than 50 years since she’s had them.

I am by no means an expert on this topic, but what I learned from some other bees is that not all white gold is created equal.  Years ago, white gold was (often? usually? always? — I have no idea) made with nickel and was NOT rhodium plated, so it did not need to be redipped. However, due to many people having allergies to nickel, (maybe there are other reasons as well, I don’t know), in recent years, white gold is no longer made using this process but is rhodium-dipped instead.

Prettysmile40:  Although Lolot’s rings are gorgeous together, I would not, as a general rule, suggest mixing the metals unless there is a compelling reason to do so (as in Lolot’s case, she has two, beautiful, meaningful heirloom rings that look fabulous together), since the two metals look and wear so differently.

My e-ring and wedding band are platinum, and I love them.  I also have two diamond and white gold RHRs that look great on their own. However, the metal is clearly much warmer when I place them next to my platinum rings. Having them redipped would make the difference between the metals less obvious, but, since I don’t wear them adjacent to each other, and I don’t want to have to deal with the cost of having them rhodium plated a couple of times a year, I don’t bother having this done.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Prettysmile40:  To be honest I would not put a white gold band next to a Platinum ring. The platinum on your ring will become dented/scratched/displaced etc from the white gold band. If you are only wanting white gold so you can have some bling, then don’t do it. If you could put the same amount of money towards a plain platinum band it will be better on your exsisting ring. The only other suggestion I have is to have a palladium ring with bling. Palladium is much closer to Platinum in the spectrum of metals and they wont “hurt” each other.  

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Prettysmile40:  It is a metal that is in the Platinum family. It is not nearly as dense, but looks simular, is malleable like Platinum, but the same cost as gold. Sometimes even a little less expensive. Palladium is more durable than gold just like Platinum. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Prettysmile40: Have you looked into palladium? It would wear much better next to platinum, but it costs about the same as white gold (maybe a little more, but not nearly as much as platinum). 

Brielle:  I think that quite a bit of white gold in the US is still made with nickel, and is just rhodium plated. That’s how I found out I’m allergic to nickel- a white gold necklace I have (which was fine initially) started giving me hives on my neck. Nickel is banned in jewelry in the EU and I think there’s a movement toward palladium white gold alloys in the US, but the majority of white gold in the US is nickel-based because it’s much cheaper.   

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Prettysmile40:  it’s free, depending on the designer and store. i have a tacori ring and any authorized retailer will send it back to tacori for replating for absolutely free. unfortunately tacori will only allow their rings to be ‘worked on’ (including replating) at tacori headquarters, so it has to be shipped there and back once a year. it’s a little nerve-wracking, but so far no issues.

replating is where your ring is electromagnetized with rhodium. white gold is not 100% gold – it’s actually just yellow gold plated with rhodium, which is a platinum-like metal. over time your skin’s chemistry will cause a white gold ring to yellow (mine gets dingy after about a year). then you have it replated and it’s like new!

if your jeweler will do it (for free) it only takes maybe a day. but mine takes about two weeks because they’re tacori and have to be shipped to and fro. :/ if i ask mine to be done in-house or at a non-authorized retailer it 1) voids the warranty and 2) costs about $100.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

vermonster:  i have never heard of nickel in white gold, unless it’s a shady white gold i guess…i am allergic as well and have never had trouble with white gold jewelry (including my wedding rings, which i wear every day)

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have a palladium engagement ring and wedding band (get to wear the wedding band in three months!). In the uk palladium is the same price as white gold but is part of the same ‘family’ as platinum so looks the same as platinum and wears in the same way. I had platinum for my set from my last marriage and can tell no difference between platinum and palladium just by looking at them (neither could my jeweller who initially thought my current ering was platinum until I corrected her). There is a difference in weight between the two, but how often do you weigh your rings!

If I was in your position I would 100% choose palladium over white gold. It’s harder to find but lots more jewellers stock palladium now so it’s worth looking into. I personally don’t like white gold and have friends whose rings definitely look yellowish compared to platinum/palladium, but it’s just a matter of taste.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

TwoStatesBride:  It’s a big reason why many people choose platinum, myself included, and has been a frequent topic of discussion on the Bee! However, I would guess that your Tacori rings are made with a palladium white gold alloy. As I mentioned, there is definitely a movement away from nickel because so many people are allergic to it. 

“If the bride-to-be has an allergy to nickel, then platinum is the way to go. Nickel is often one of the white metals alloyed with yellow gold to produce white gold. Platinum, on the other hand, is purer and is considered hypoallergenic. (It may be possible, however, to find nickel-free white gold. Check with your jeweler.)”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ira-weissman/the-5-cs-of-white-gold-vs_b_3351028.html

http://www.foxfirejewelers.com/White-Gold.html

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

vermonster:  well how about that! they must not be made with nickel though or my skin would be freeeeaking out! haha

also at the price point these rings come at there had better not be any nickel in there… -__- lol!

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