White Gold and Platinum Wedding Bands: What’s the Difference?

 

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There are many conundrums to buying wedding bands and choosing the right metal is just one of these. When faced with the choices between white gold or platinum, which one should you go for? While this may seem like an impossible task, allow us to help you make that important decision.

On the surface, these two metals may look the same, but white gold and platinum could not be more different. Here are the biggest differences between platinum and white gold rings:

  1. Durability

Platinum is considered the most durable metal for jewellery and its durability is one of its strongest assets. Platinum can hold precious stones in place securely such that in rings made of less durable metals, such as white gold, platinum prongs are often used to secure the precious stones in place.

  1. Resistance to scratch

Platinum and gold handle surface scratches differently. A scratch on white gold rips off the gold while a scratch on platinum can be polished without ripping off any of the platinum. What happens when platinum is scratched is the precious metal gets displaced or moved from one place to another part of the ring. This is dubbed as a patina finish and it makes the jewellery have a vintage appeal.

  1. Long-term care

Noting how well platinum is resistant to wear and tear and scratches, platinum jewellery can last for generations. This means that even with the possibility of scratches, striking platinum wedding bands retain their allure as it ages. Over time, platinum will fade, lose the shiny finish, and build a more natural patina. You can bring it to jewellers who can restore and make it good as new.

On the other hand, while white gold is a beautiful white metal when it is new, it does not age beautifully. White gold is composed of yellow gold mixed with white metals, which is rhodium plated for a whiter, shinier finish. Since this is not pure gold, the plating finish will eventually erode and begin to show the natural yellow hue. Still, you have the option to bring the item to a jeweller to have it rhodium plated again so that it can look pretty again.

  1. Composition.

Mostwhite gold jewellery are offered in 14K or 18K versions, which means they contain 58.3% pure gold or 75% pure gold respectively. Gold iscombined with other metals in order to form an alloy which can be stronger than pure gold, also tagged as 24K gold, to give it the additional hardness. An 18K white gold wedding ringcan be less durable because its composition is close to 24K.

Platinum used in jewellery is more pure, typically containing between 95% to 98% platinum, with the addition of rhodium and silver. Plus, platinum is a very dense precious metal so it is a heavier metal to wear compared to white gold.

  1. Hypoallergenic.

Do you have allergic reactions to metal? This metal sensitivity should be among the considerations when you compare various metals. There are hypoallergenic metals with minimal potential for irritating your skin, including pure metals such as platinum and 18k gold. Since white gold is the result of mixing gold with other metals, some of these could cause skin irritations depending on your sensitivity.

      6. Cost 

Indeed, one of the biggest advantages of white gold jewellery over platinum is the cost. Noting that platinum is 30 times rarer than gold, it can be a little more costly than white gold.

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