White Gold or Platinum?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
6931 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I can be sensitive to some of the metals that form white gold alloy–primarily nickel–causing scaly, itchy skin over time so platinum was an easy choice. Plus, I love that it can be polished again and again without losing metal as gold does and know I would never be on top of re-plating on any sort of regular basis. 

Post # 3
80 posts
Worker bee

Admittedly, I’m not all that knowledgable in regards to jewelry.  I’m almost positive that platinum is stronger than gold though.  It’s denser/heavier too.  

I was gifted my grandmother’s white gold wedding set a few years ago and the back of the bands were so incredibly thin from wear that I probably could have easily cracked them with my fingers.  I had the bands soldered together to maintain their integrity (and beauty!). 

When I went to the jewelers to discuss the upcoming design of my wedding band, I asked them about having my new rings soldered and they assured me that kind of breakdown doesn’t happen with platinum and wouldn’t be necessary. 

Bonus: The price of platinum is pretty low right now so it might actually be an affordable option for those who previously thought otherwise.  This was the case for us.  When designing our wedding bands, I knew I wanted the same metal as my e ring-platinum, my Fiance wanted a similar color so the designers quoted us in platinum and palladium and the difference wasn’t significant enough to go with the less expensive option.  His platinum ring is REALLY heavy though.

Post # 4
4094 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

If I was going for a cool metal, I would definitely go with Platinum. I like the patina and the durability and the fact that it doesn’t have to be plated. Ultimately, I chose rose and yellow gold because they look better on my skin. But with white gold vs platinum I’d say platinum all the way. 

Post # 5
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would go with platinum- that patina it develops is really beautiful and you never have to redip it! 

Post # 6
2568 posts
Sugar bee

I went with platinum.

My ering and wedding band are both 1.5mm micropave.  I’ve been wearing my ering for a couple of years now and it’s held up quite well.  However, I do baby my rings so it might have something to do with that as well..

Post # 7
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My mom has white gold and it’s not plated and has thus never needed to be replated. It’s been thirty-five years and her rings still look lovely. When I went to pick out my engagement ring I brought up the possibility of getting platinum and the jeweler scoffed at me and said there was absolutely no reason to get platinum aside from paying more for it. I followed his advice and went with 14K white gold. I’ve only had my ring for 6 months, but I have no regrets about it so far. Most of my friends actually think it is platinum and I’ve had to tell that it’s actually gold!

Post # 8
8634 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Michelle Bin :  platinum will be more durable and it doesn’t bend even though it can scratch. I’ve had white gold rings mold to the shape of my finger but that’s never happened with platinum. 

Post # 9
1739 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Platinum always. It is more durable. It is stronger.

Post # 10
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’d pick platinum – it’s a stronger metal and doesn’t tarnish. If you’re sensitive to metals, the platinum is less likely to cause allergic reactions than 14K gold which has stuff mixed into it.

I have both my rings in platinum and have been happy. Here’s a good article: https://www.doamore.com/gold-vs-platinum-metal-for-your-ring/

I think if you can afford it, go with platinum, it will last longer.

Post # 11
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My fiancé went with platinum for my ering and wedding bad.  Not sure why other than he prefers it over white gold lol

Post # 12
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

If I could afford it, I’d choose platinum. The durability is better. I have my great grandmother’s white gold e-ring, and it wore down too much to even be worn anymore (the diamond had to be reset). 

Post # 13
4560 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Michelle Bin :  it really depended on your skin chemistry. I’ve been wearing my engagement ring for five years and I’ve only had it dipped once and it was only the plating where I got my ring resized that wore out. I got it plated at a better jewelry store and the plating is still good after 3.5years.

I would go up to platinum only if your skin reacts and eats plating on white gold. I would also make sure that if you do go white gold you pick a setting that is heavy on gram weight. You want good quality to last a lifetime.   

Post # 14
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m 100% platinum. I love the color and patina.

But, if you dream of a high-gloss shiny ring – white gold is a better choice. If you like more subtle color – platinum or palladium is a better choice. 

Platinum is dense and soft. Gold is less dense and hard. Palladium is similar to platinum except in weight and a slightly grayer color. Palladium and platinum are hypoallergenic; platinum is less chemically reactive than either palladium or gold. 

~platinum does not lose thickness over time because when you scratch it, the metal is smushed away. Think of pushing your finger through play-doh, you leave a rounded furrow, because you pushed the play doh away from the furrow.  This soft quality is beneficial when setting stones because it is easier than gold to work and when a prong is damaged, it is more likely to squish and keep holding the stone while gold is more likely to crack and fail. This softness is why a platinum ring will become matte finished over time and is more likely to bend/torque than gold. Pave is often worked in platinum because it is better had holding those little stones. For platinum, the most durable alloys are 90PT/10 iridium, PT95/5 Rt. PT95/5IR is very (too) soft. Platinum will always become matte over time. You would need to get it polished annual to keep shiny (but why?).

~gold will lose thickness over time, because when you scratch and wear it, the metal is removed. Think of dragging a pencil through play-doh, you leave a sharp furrow and remove material curls along the sharp tip of the pencil. This hard quality is useful for other kinds of settings. This hardness is why a gold ring will bend less than platinum. A damaged gold prong is more likely to crack than the same prong in platinum, which is why gold setting should have 6-8 prongs (or thicker 4-prong settings).  The higher the karat of gold, the softer the ring is as gold.  Gold wants to be shiny and will always head to shiny.

~palladium is a platinum family metal that is a bit greyer a metal than platinum. It is less dense than palladium and will feel more like gold in weight. It is about 12% harder than platinum. It shares many of the platinum characteristics, but it can be harder to have worked on locally as it is ‘newer’ to the trade. 

White gold is an alloy of gold, silver and nickel (US) or gold, silver and palladium (UK). Then, they plate the ring to make it that very shiny color using rhodium. The plating will wear over time exposing the underlying metal. This may happen in months or years depending on how the ring is worn and what it contacts. But, the bottom line is there is maintenance and replating. Replating costs $50-100. Also, some (many) react to nickel and can develop a reaction. If you react to ‘cheap’ earring or jewelry, there is a good chance you react to nickel. Stick with platinum and palladium (palladium 950) if this is the case.

Post # 15
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

sparkosity :  “I brought up the possibility of getting platinum and the jeweler scoffed at me and said there was absolutely no reason to get platinum aside from paying more for it.”

In my experience of ring shopping and then dealing with my own very experienced jeweller, jewellers who scoff at platinum scoff at it because they aren’t experienced enough/are too lazy to work with platinum. We had so many jewellers tell us outright lies about platinum purely because they’re either lazy or don’t know what they’re doing.

I went with platinum as it’s more durable than white gold, doesn’t get that yellow look and doesn’t wear down like gold. I would go platinum every time.

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