Metal vs. Metal: White Gold vs. Platinum

It’s not just the diamond, the cut or the setting that makes any piece of jewelry unique and elegant, its metal band also plays an important role in its beautification. With the choices of white gold, yellow gold, platinum, silver, titanium etc. it becomes almost impossible to pick one. The two most readily-available and admired are White Gold and Platinum.

But which to pick?

Metal vs. Metal: White Gold vs. Platinum

White Gold vs. Platinum

Before we get on with the battle of the metals, let’s start with knowing a little bit about them in depth.

Platinum is a harder, rarer and heavier white metal. It is a naturally occurring metal and is used in its purest form, making it slightly more expensive than other metals.

White gold on the other hand, is an alloy of gold, slightly yellowish in color and comes in a number of different weights based on their purity. One can purchase a white engagement ring in 14, 18, or 9 carat gold.

Differences in Costs

Although, you may not find much difference in the prices of both, platinum is a bit pricier than white gold. There are several reasons for it; for starters, platinum is denser than white gold which means more material is used to produce it. Secondly, the alloy used in platinum is purer, in fact, 95% of alloys are platinum itself. An 18-carat white gold band uses only 75% of white gold. Thirdly, platinum is more difficult and delicate to work with, it can easily burn which is why a skilled jeweler is required for the job. Lastly, platinum can’t be reused or re-melted like white gold. All the scraps from the ring must be sold to a refiner.

Difference in Durability

A Platinum engagement ring lasts longer and is much stronger compared to a white gold engagement ring. Why? It’s because platinum loses less weight after day to day wear and doesn’t get covered in a yellow hue as white gold.

Difference in Serviceability

White gold is easily serviceable –meaning almost all jewelers will be able to repair, resize or re-polish this metal. The risk with re-polishing platinum jewelry is that it can easily burn or cause damage to the center stone. However, if one wants a ring that doesn’t require plating and re-polishing every few years, platinum is what they should opt for.

Difference between Comfort and Fit:

As we have already discussed, platinum is denser than white gold, the density makes it an ever so slightly heavier metal to wear. Many prefer the heavy weight as it keeps reminding them of the love that the ring holds but there are also some who prefer wearing something light. The level of comfort solely depends on the wearer and her personal preference.

Platinum is slightly stronger than White Gold:

Since white gold is an amalgamation of several different metals, it isn’t as strong or durable as platinum. When we say stronger and more durable we mean that the prongs on a platinum engagement ring won’t break or loosen,therefore increasing the chances of the center stone breaking free.

Platinum Is More Likely To Be Scratched:

Since platinum is a softer metal than white gold, it can be stretched more easily as compared to a 14-carat gold metal engagement ring. But keep in mind that when white gold gets scratched, the gold is lost forever. In comparison, when platinum gets stretched, the platinum just shifts from one place to another, causing a patina finish.

Final verdict:

Although both metals bring charm and elegance to the finished piece one can see that platinum is a more superior metal for a reason. It is still cost-efficient, yet durable and stronger compared to white gold. Therefore, if we were to pick a winner, platinum wins the battle by just a few more points.

Now that you have decided which metal you will opt for when going to choose a ring for her, here are some ideas to ensure the proposal is a success.  Read: The best proposal ideas that will make an impression.


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