Bridal Ring Sets Under 200 – So you’ve decided that you need a “white” metal for your engagement ring or wedding ring, but can’t decide if you should choose platinum or white gold. This is a situation that nearly all our clients that are in the market for an engagement ring or wedding ring have found themselves in. To most people, these two metals seem nearly identical, but they actually have very different properties. Selecting the right metallic type will have a long-term effect on the durability, appearance, and maintenance required to the ring, so we’ll help you make the right decision from the guide below.
Durability & Composition
To correctly understand the difference in durability between white gold and gold, it’s important to first understand the difference between the metallic compositions. Pure gold is 24 karats, but it is extremely soft and not practical to use in jewellery. Dropping a 24kt ring onto the floor or pressing on it firmly is often enough to bend the ring. Because of this, gold jewellery is generally mixed with alloy metals to improve durability. A 14kt ring by way of instance, has more alloy metals than an 18kt ring, and is therefore stronger. Besides the metallic metals, white gold jewelry is plated in rhodium to produce the distinctive white colour that its is known for.
Platinum on the other hand, is not mixed with very many alloy metals. Platinum wedding bands and engagement rings are generally between 90-95% platinum. Platinum obviously has a “white” shade, therefore it doesn’t have to be plated in rhodium to create another colour.
If it comes to durability, the truth is that these two precious metals may (and likely will be) scratched over time. Regardless of the fact that both will get scratched, there’s actually a difference in just how they become scratched.
By comparison, as platinum gets damaged during daily wear, the alloy tends to move around as very small scratches are made.
This difference in wearing-down is a very important consideration when choosing the prongs to the engagement ring. Since more metal is dropped overtime in white gold, this may make the prongs of your ring lean out over the years or perhaps break-off, which raises the danger of your bead falling out or otherwise getting ruined. White gold prongs require re-tipping much more often than platinum prongs. For this reason, we always advocate for our customers to at least get platinum prongs on their engagement rings, even when bottom of the ring is still white gold. This is not to mention that your fully white gold engagement ring will probably fall apart, but it’s important to take into account the exceptional durability of platinum prongs.
Platinum rings are generally more expensive than white gold rings. Platinum is both more rare than gold, and is more difficult to get a gardener to work with due to the properties of this metal. Also, as we explained before, platinum rings are generally 90-95% pure cherry, whereas white gold rings comprise more alloy metals. This means that you obtain a heftier ring with a very large proportion of platinum, raising the value of this ring.
Appearance & Maintenance
Both platinum and white gold change their appearance over time. White gold is coated in a layer of rhodium, which will slowly wear away. This will lead to a yellowing of this item, but it will return to its original appearance after you obtain it rhodium plated again. In general, we have found that many customers start noticing this change in a year and obtain their ring rhodium plated again.
Platinum tends to move slightly when it takes damage, and also these very small grooves and scratches from the ring will lead to a somewhat duller end over time. A lot of individuals actually like this faded appearance since it provides the ring a vintage look. Many other individuals, however, prefer the first glow and flatter end of their platinum rings. A jeweler can re-polish your platinum ring back to its original end, and nearly all of our customers get this done roughly annually.
Overall, the decision of which alloy to choose for your wedding rings is a personal decision. They both do require a minimal level of maintenance, but between re-tipping prongs and rhodium plating, nearly all of our customers discover that white gold requires more upkeep. Platinum rings, however, tend to be more expensive at the counter tops, even though they may require less maintenance during the duration of this ring. However, if you pay careful attention for your ring, avoid harm, and don’t mind visiting the jeweler for routine maintenance on your ring, white gold could be the superior option for you. White gold rings also tend to be more cost-effective and come in many more distinctive layouts than platinum, since the metal tends to be easier to work with for a jeweler. We hope this guide can help you on your journey to find the perfect wedding ring or engagement ring!