Platinum vs White Gold–What’s the Difference?
Deciding to get engaged is one of life’s most exciting milestones. Yet, choosing the perfect engagement ring can be an overwhelming task, especially when considering the vast array of options available. Two popular choices for ring metals are white gold and platinum. Both stunning and luxurious, they each offer unique benefits. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between white gold and platinum to help you make the best choice for your engagement ring.
White gold and platinum might appear similar to the untrained eye, but they are fundamentally different in composition, durability, price, and maintenance.
White gold is a mixture of pure gold and alloy metals like palladium and silver, plus a rhodium plating to give it a shiny white appearance. On the other hand, platinum is a naturally white metal and is typically used in a much purer form in jewelry.
While both white gold and platinum are durable choices, platinum is denser and more robust. But, because platinum is more malleable it tends to scratch and bend easier than white gold. When white gold is coated with rhodium, it can be just as resistant to scratches and everyday wear.
Due to its density and rarity, platinum tends to be more expensive than white gold. It also a bit more difficult to work with so labor costs are more expensive. If you’re on a budget, white gold could be an attractive alternative.
Over time, the rhodium plating on white gold may wear away, revealing a yellowish hue. Therefore, it requires periodic re-plating to maintain its lustrous white appearance. Platinum, however, only needs occasional polishing to retain its natural white color.
Which One is Right for You?
The decision between white gold and platinum comes down to your personal preferences and lifestyle.
If you prefer a lighter ring and are on a budget, white gold might be the perfect choice. Although it may need periodic maintenance, it’s an affordable and beautiful option. Explore our stunning White Gold Engagement Rings Collection for inspiration.
If durability and low maintenance are top of your priority list, and you don’t mind a slightly higher cost, platinum could be your perfect match.
Finally, if you’re still uncertain, consider trying on both white gold and platinum rings to see which metal you prefer visually and which feels better on your hand. If you need more personalized advice, Brides.com has a great blog post on this topic.
Masina Diamonds in Atlanta specializes in engagement rings, wedding bands, and the knowledge needed to craft the perfect ring for your love. We are GIA certified and have been in the jewelry and diamond business for over 40 years. Schedule an appointment in person or on Zoom, and we will provide you guidance and the confidence to make an informed decision.
At Masina Diamonds, we’re here to guide you through every step of your engagement ring journey. Feel free to reach out to us for expert advice. After all, your engagement ring should be as unique and enduring as your love story.