Platinum vs. White gold

There are many different choices when it comes to selecting the metal for your engagement ring. For the most part, it is based solely on your preference of colour and/or choice of stones. However, when it comes to white gold and platinum – what is the difference?

For many years platinum has been the more expensive option but recently the price of gold has been increasing, meaning the gap is beginning to close. So, which should you choose? That decision is entirely dependent on you, there is no right or wrong answer – it is all about preference!

In order to produce white gold, yellow gold is mixed with other alloys such as silver, nickel, palladium and zinc – making it paler and harder than pure gold. What gives your jewellery its beautiful silver lustre is a final plating of rhodium. Over time, this plating can wear and your rings may begin to look a warmer silver but there is no need to worry, our goldsmith will re-dip your ring during regular servicing and it will come
back good as new!

Platinum is a naturally occurring metal and has a much higher purity level than white gold and does not need to be plated in rhodium as it is naturally silvery white in colour. With wear, platinum can dull to a darker more greyish silver. A professional polish during your service will reinstate your platinum ring to its previous sparkle and shine. A popular choice for men’s wedding bands, platinum is heavier and harder than white gold. Its density is one of the contributing factors to its higher cost- precious metals are priced by weight therefore the same piece in white gold comes at a lesser price. However, white golds additional coating of rhodium means it is still an extremely durable metal and its lighter weight gives it a daintier feel on the hand which many prefer.

It is important to keep your current and future jewellery purchases in mind when deciding on a metal. We here at Voltaire would always advise that your wedding and eternity bands are made of the same material as your engagement ring. You want to avoid one metal wearing away the other from rubbing and insure that any wear over time will show up the same. White gold can sometimes become thin after many years of mwear and sitting next to a harder platinum ring will do it no favours!

Either of these precious metals are a worthy choice for your engagement ring or wedding band. Both will stand the test of time as long as they are taken care of properly. Regular services can insure all of your stones stay safe and any damage to the metal are fixed. Neither metal is indestructible – your ring is only as good as you treat it!

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