White Gold or Platinum?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 16
2804 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Another vote for Platinum. I have white gold, and it was just dipped last week, and it still has a yellow tint to it. I know the tint isn’t noticeable to anyone else, and it does look nice overall, but I notice it when I stack  my extra sterling eternity with it. 

Post # 17
12651 posts
Honey Beekeeper

One more vote for platinum. 

Post # 18
6708 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I prefer metals that are natively the color they present and aren’t alloyed or plated in ordert to change the color. So while I generally prefer high karat yellow gold, I do have a few pieces in white metal and I always prefer platinum for them.

Post # 19
659 posts
Busy bee

Platinum bends, true, but that is the exact reason that it’s often recommended for prongs, even when the shank is gold. Hit white gold hard enough against a hard surface and a prong might completely break off, meaning you will have to replace the prongs and might lose a diamond. Hit platinum hard and the prong will bend out of place, meaning you have a loose diamond and need to re-tighten the prongs. 

Platinum is softer than alloyed gold so dulls much faster than white gold. Open a door with your left hand and it will leave tiny micro scratches on your platinum ring. A white gold ring will be just fine. The nice thing though, is that you can get platinum repolished whenever you want to make it shiny again. You won’t lose any metal during this process. Meanwhile, if you fall often on the sidewalk and scratch your white gold a bit (though platinum will fare worse) you’ll lose a bit of the white gold in the fall and even more if you want to repolish it to get rid of the scratches. 

These are the reasons why when you look at vintage platinum vs vintage gold jewelry, the platinum rings are often dull looking and not perfectly round in shape and the white gold rings have thin shanks. So what’s important to you? 


White gold pros:

Stays shiny longer


Easier for a jeweler to work with

White gold cons:

Needs replating every few years if you’re into the super white look

Might need re-shanking after a couple of decades depending on usage and the original thickness 


Platinum pros:

Low maintenance (if you don’t mind the patina)

Stays white

Bends, doesn’t break

Platinum cons: 


Looks dull relatively fast 

Harder to find jewelers to customize/repair


Post # 20
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

l vote for platinum! 

Post # 21
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I got platinum and I love it. It can be polished to be shiny again. I like that it won’t lose any metal whereas white gold chips off and has to be replated every so often. Platinum will push in and dent and move around but it won’t be lost. I’ve worn much e ring 1.5 years so far and it’s still shiny.

Post # 29
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

Platinum! Has a lovely weight to it as well!

Post # 30
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Michelle Bin :  No platinum is strong, the ring shouldn’t bend easily. I think if you don’t wear it to lift weights, etc. you should be okay. From what I’ve heard, it’s pretty durable. The prongs may bend a little over time, but you can have that retightened, etc.

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