(Closed) White Gold Vs. Platinum

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

When white gold rings are new they are coated with another white metal called Rhodium; which is a metal very similar to platinum and has many of the same properties including its white color.

The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look more white. The natural color of white gold is actually a light grey. The rhodium is very white and very hard, but it does wear away after a while; to maintain the bright white color, you need to get it replated every couple of years.

Platnum on the other hand is almost always pure.  It’s long lasting, so it’ll look better over time without the need to constantly maintain.  It’s also quite a bit denser than gold, so it’s heavier in jewelry. But the biggest deciding factor for most is the cost– platnum will cost almost double what gold does. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Platinum is supposed to be more durable and hard-wearing than white gold. I have platinum but I also know lots of people who’ve chosen white gold and I don’t think there’s any reason to worry about it’s durability. I’ve never heard them complain!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The difference that stands out to me is the scratching.  They’ll both scratch, but gold will lose metal over time where platinum doesn’t…it just gets ‘dispersed’ if you will.  When you bring your ring in for buffing, they can shift the platinum back and no metal is lost.  With white gold, the buffing and dipping process takes gold away…so over time your ring will lose more and more metal where a platinum ring won’t.  If you choose not to dip your white gold rings, they will take on a yellowish / warmer hue.  If you don’t wear a lot of jewelry, you likely won’t even notice the color until you hold it up to something new.  

If you like the idea of platinum with the price tag of gold, I’d suggest palladium.  It’s a ‘cousin’ to platinum, so they are very similar, but it’s not *as* popular yet, so the price isn’t as high as platinum.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Gold and platinum are different elements and possess different physical properties, such as hardness and density.  Check out these links, the info on Mohs hardness is on the right-hand side.

For reference on the Mohs hardness scale, a fingernail is ~2.5, quartz is 7, and diamond is 10.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platinum

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Fun fact regarding platinum prices: right now platinum is quite cheap. The price premium (when your jeweler isn’t trying to pull a fast one, hoping you assume Pt is supposed to be ungodly high) is actually from the labor involved in working with it. It’s tough, as everyday jewelry should be! It’s a good time to entertain the thought of Pt over WG, if you can. While shopping, I saw Pt be $1000 extra, and I also saw it for only $300 extra. Worth it to shop around!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Platinum isheavier, but softer.  Platinum is naturally white. Gold is naturally yellow. rhodium makes white gold white

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Platinum is way expensive!!  I dont think its worth it, my moms white gold band and ering was her mothers setting and its still beautiful!  I went with White Gold too, just dont think platinum is at all worth the extra expense

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have palladium, because I didn’t want to spend so much money on platinum, but also didn’t want to have to replate.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Platinum is great! I totally went for it because I’m an engineer so I wanted a metal that didn’t require replating every year or so and that was almost pure. Most gold jewelery is an alloy, especially for rings as pure gold is to soft. White gold will require you to get it replated regularly I’d guess depending on how much hands on work you do with your rings on.

This is a good description on the differences between the two. http://gilletts.com.au/information.php?info_id=13

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I went with palladium because it was not much more expensive than white gold and I knew that I would be far too lazy to go to the trouble of having my white gold replated.

I do have white gold jewellery, though, and I must say it’s perfect if you like the very pale tint of yellow gold as the rhodium wears away.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I picked white gold because my two friends with platinum have had trouble with their pave falling out.  I also like how white gold has a higher shine to it.  I know people claim that white gold needs to be redipped to stay white, but it really has to do with body chemistry.  I have had several pieces of white gold for years and they all look brand new, where as others I know must take theirs to a jeweler every few months.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My FI and I went with platinum for my e-ring. I didn’t think we would be able to afford it, but our jeweler was so adamant that we chose platinum over white gold, they came down in price so much that the different between the gold and platinum was minimal. She told us that since the price of gold is so high, there really isn’t a huge difference. She said to us that white gold is fine for earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, but e-rings need to be platinum. I’ve only had it 3 months but have already nicked it in a couple of spots, and with platinum, the metal isn’t lost-it’s just displaced. So, when we took it to get polished, any little marks that I had on it, were gone. Our jeweler also said that white gold is usually only about 70% gold, and 30% nickel and other fillers, and platinum is the most pure. I have a few co-workers with white gold rings that are only a couple of years old, and the wear and tear on theirs vs. other friends w/platinum is crazy. I also knew I wasn’t interested in getting my ring dipped at all, so platinum was always the most desired metal for me. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went for white gold. I was interested in platinum but all my friends with platinum rings warned me about how scratched up they get. Most of them take their rings in to get buffed out about once a year, which is about how often I imagine my white gold ring will have to be dipped. So if they both require the same amount of care, I thought white gold was a better choice because of the price. Plus, I’ve had right hand white gold rings for years that still look shiny and new, so I guess my body chemistry works well if white gold. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I prefer platinum or palladium in general. In Europe, it’s not such a problem but white gold in the USA is generally a nickel-based alloy and that’s highly allergenic.

I have my grandma’s platinum engagement ring and the setting still looks as good as it did the day my grandpa proposed (although the diamond is slightly chipped).

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