Platinum or White Gold, the age old question!

 

 Platinum vs White Gold

You’ve decided on your ring style and diamond shape, now it’s time to pick your metal!

If you are a white metal wearer, chances are you’re going to select either platinum or white gold for the setting of your ring. While similar in appearance, the two metals are quite distinct materials with very different properties and wearability.

Which to choose though? Here we dive into the pro’s and con’s of each metal:

White Gold

Surprisingly, white gold does not naturally exist – gold only comes out of the ground in the standard yellow colour. To achieve the white colour, the gold is mixed with alloys (other metals) such as palladium and silver, then to further improve the lustrous white shine, it is plated with a liquid metal known as rhodium. Overtime, rhodium plating will wear off (usually within 12-18 months) and your setting will reveal a very dull yellowish tinge. As the plating is not a permanent solution, white gold does require a bit of TLC through maintenance and upkeep to ensure your metal is always looking its best!

 

Platinum

Platinum is a natural occurring white metal and is a beautiful option if you want something with a nice weight and durability to it! Platinum is an incredibly hardy material, and instead of losing metal particle when scratched, the metal is moved and bruised, which is known as patina. Platinum is the way to go if you live a busy life and are quite hard wearing on your jewellery. While still requiring a touch up here and there (think every 5 or 10 years) all that is needed with platinum is a nice buffer and polish to achieve the natural lustre and bring vibrance back to the metal

 

A quick comparison:

 

Platinum

White Gold

Purity

95% pure platinum

(Pl.950 hallmark)

18ct Gold, or 75% pure gold

(750 hallmark)

Colour

White, with a slightly darker almost charcoal undertone (when compared next to White Gold)

Naturally a very dull yellow tinge, combated by rhodium to achieve the beautiful shiny silver colour

Maintenance

Little – polish is usually all that is required

Frequent – every 12-18months the plating needs to be reapplied

Cost

$$$

Slightly higher upfront cost, with little to no maintenance required

$$

Lesser upfront cost but does need re-rhodium plating which is costly and time consuming

 


Keep in mind, whichever you decide to go with for the engagement ring is also what you should stick to for the wedding band (of course, if the engagement ring is 18ct White Gold, you could also mix it up and go 18ct Rose or Yellow Gold too) but best not to do one ring in platinum and the other gold as they do wear differently.

While platinum is a more expensive metal than gold, it is also the better investment, especially as there are no ongoing maintenance costs.

Hopefully this has helped you decide which metal is best for your lifestyle.

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