Below we discuss the pro’s and con’s of platinum versus white gold. Remember all gold is yellow when first mined. It is by the addition of alloys that the colour changes. An 18karat white gold ring is 75% gold. It is 25% Alloy. Platinum is 95% platinum and 5% alloy.
- Platinum is heavier than white gold and is also more expensive.
- When you see a new white gold and platinum ring side by side, they will look very similar.
- White gold is not a naturally white metal and it requires rhodium plating every 18-24 months to keep it fresh.
- Platinum tends to dull and requires polishing every 6-18 months.
- Platinum is denser than white gold and will wear less in areas such as on the prongs/tips.
- Platinum is softer than 18k white gold but not 24K gold. This means that although the metal might scratch a little easier – the metal will not be lost but only moved around on the mount (that is to say it is more malleable). When white gold is scratched a little of the gold is usually lost. Its only a very minor thing we know but facts are facts.
- Regarding white gold – in time the rhodium plating will wear away, this will depend on the quality of the plating itself, if poorly plated then within 6 months signs of wear will appear, however, if properly plated it will certainly last at least 3 years.
- Gold when rhodium plated actually adds a minute layer of metal to the ring as opposed to polishing platinum which removes a layer. This means that your mount will last much longer and cost you less in maintenance costs, not the contrary.
- Platinum in Hypoallergenic. It is excellent for people with irritable skin or any such ailments.
- Most Jewellers try and push whichever metal is more expensive and they make more money from the sale. We have seen switched from Platinum to gold in the last few years for this reason.
- At Loyes Diamonds we supply both platinum and gold.
- Both Metals are really good for jewellery manufacturing.
Important Note About Platinum Versus White Gold
When comparing metals it is important not to loose perspective. Both metals are almost identical. Both are essentially white and will make very fine jewellery. You should have your ring checked every eighteen months. When having it checked for security of stones etc also have it plated or polished. You will receive back a ring that looks like new.
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