Are you deciding between a white gold and platinum engagement ring setting?
One major step in choosing an engagement ring setting is deciding on the type of precious metal to use. Both platinum and white gold have been popular choices for engagement rings and wedding bands since the beginning and continue to be best sellers. Both are known to let white diamonds really shine because they reflect little to no color interference.
The big question is what is the difference between platinum and white gold. The two look almost identical but we’re breaking down the differences to help you decide which option is the best specifically for your engagement ring design.
White gold is made of mixed alloys, which means it is made of two or more metallic elements and is not a pure white metal, though it does have the same silver-white appearance of platinum. What gives white gold a natural looking luster is typically the nickel and palladium alloy that is mixed in, as well as the rhodium plating that finishes the exterior. If you are considering white gold, make sure it is high quality and from a reputable jeweler to avoid a cheap version that might look more gray.
On the other hand, platinum is naturally white in color, never turns, and always keeps its metallic color. Most notably, both metals appear white in color and almost identical when they are brand new. Over time, white gold will start to look more yellow if not cared for and platinum will keep its color but lose its shine.
It is important to consider the durability of precious metals as wedding bands and engagement rings are typically worn daily. White gold is very durable and ideal for everyday wear. The mixture of durable metals that makes up white gold helps to strengthen the metal. White gold is highly recommended for thin bands or for more active individuals. Specifically for daintier designs, white gold is less susceptible to scratches and accidentally being bent out of shape.
Platinum is better suited for thicker bands, such as men’s wedding rings. Because of the purity of platinum metal, it tends to be more malleable compared to white gold when it comes to dainty bands.
White gold will require occasional rhodium replating over time to keep its white appearance and shine. For this reason, individuals must commit to more regular maintenance schedules than needed for platinum.
What platinum lacks in durability, it makes up for in long term care rituals. As a purer metal, it requires very little maintenance. As a benefit, there is less worry of your platinum ring changing color, meaning you don't have to take it off for every activity, household cleaning products won’t affect platinum as much, and replating is not necessary. To keep its shine, a regular schedule of polishing (just every few years!) is the only commitment.
After all that- Is platinum “better” than white gold? It really all comes down to your preferences and priorities!
If you are still having difficulty choosing consider these extra points:
- Platinum is traditionally more expensive than white gold
- White gold is typically a much lighter metal
- Platinum is also known to be hypoallergenic and is recommended if you have metal allergies or sensitivities.
White gold and platinum are very different but appear so similarly to the naked eye and are both incredible options. The metal you choose for your engagement ring should be determined by your style, personal preferences, and commitment to different maintenance routines.
If you still find yourself stuck choosing between the two options, let the Yadav team assist you! We can further explain the pros and cons of all precious metal choices.
Book an in person or virtual appointment and we can show you examples of both platinum and white gold settings.