Platinum VS White Gold - The Endless Debate!

18 Jun 2014

Deciding to buy an engagement ring, or any other fine jewellery for that matter, comes with a plethora of choices decisions. One of the main decisions you will make is which metal to use go with. If you are choosing your wedding rings then chances are you will most likely match the metal with to your engagement ring. If it you are choosing an engagement ring then you will firstly need to decide on what colour metal you like. Traditional Yellow Gold, White Gold or perhaps Rose Gold. If you choose Yellow or Rose Gold then your decision is made and the only choice left is what carat you prefer. If you are after a white metal ring, however, then you will have a couple of choices. The main choice is between Platinum or White Gold. 
 
Before making this decision it is a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons to make sure you make the right decision for you. The decision between the two options often comes down to budget as Platinum is considerably more expensive than White Gold. 
 
White Gold and Platinum are very different metals; however, in appearance they look almost identical. Like any significant purchase, regardless of what metal you choose, there will be some upkeep and maintenance required to keep your engagement ring looking just as beautiful as the first day you wore it.
 
First, it’s important to understand that while virtually all Platinum Jewellery is 95% pure Platinum, Gold comes in a variety of mixtures, known as alloys. The most common are 9ct (37.5% Gold) and 18ct (75% Gold). 24ct (100% Gold) is too soft to use for jewellery so it is mixed with other metals to create alloys. Also, Gold in it’s natural form is yellow. There is no such thing as natural White Gold. 
 
What are the Pro’s and Con’s of White Gold?
 
White Gold is naturally grey in colour so to give it that beautiful white look that we love, it will need to be Rhodium plated. This is a surface coating that will wear over time. How quickly it wears will depend on how you wear your jewellery and how often it is exposed to everyday knocks. We recommend  replating your jewellery every 12 – 18 months. It is a good idea to ask your jeweller the cost of this service at the time of purchase. At Larsen Jewellery we include one free annual polish and Rhodium plate for the lifetime of your ring. White Gold will slowly wear over time when worn with other rings. However, this will take decades to notice.  
 
What are the Pro’s and Con’s of Platinum
 
Platinum wears better than Gold. When you scratch it, you’re actually just rearranging the metal as opposed to removing it. You can wear a Platinum ring for 80 years, and it won’t wear out. You may have to add material to Gold ring to repair damage as it wears over time. 
 
Platinum is softer. This means that it will bend and scratch easier than White Gold and because it’s softer, Platinum will lose its polish and appear dull faster than White Gold. However, Platinum is 30% denser than White Gold, so is much heavier.
 
Platinum is naturally white, while White Gold will need to be Rhodium plated every year or two to maintain its bright white appearance. Because White Gold is harder, it will maintain that shiny polished look longer than Platinum will. Due to it’s durability over time Platinum is the ideal choice for fine settings.  
 
If your budget will allow it then Platinum is a wonderful choice. However, as mentioned above, each comes with their up’s and down’s so it really is up to you. As you can see, there is no clear cut winner in this contest.  If your priority is longevity without wear, you might select Platinum. If maintaining a shiny polish is more important than maintaining a bright white colour, Gold may be the way to go.
 
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