Dismond Rings – This is a scenario that nearly all our customers that are in the market for an engagement ring or wedding band have found themselves in. To most people, these two metals seem nearly identical, but they actually have quite different properties. Deciding on the ideal metal kind will have a long-term impact on the durability, appearance, and maintenance required to the ring, so we’ll assist you in making the perfect choice in the guide below.
Durability & Composition
To properly understand the difference in strength between white gold and gold, it’s important to first understand the gap between the metal compositions. Pure gold is 24 karats, however it’s extremely soft and not practical to use in jewelry. Dropping a 24kt ring onto the ground or pressing on it firmly is often enough to bend the ring. For this reason, gold jewelry is usually mixed with metal metals to improve durability. A 14kt ring by way of instance, has more metal metals than an 18kt ring, and is therefore more powerful. In addition to the metal 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 quite many metal metals. Platinum wedding rings and engagement rings are usually between 90-95% platinum. Platinum naturally has a “white” color, therefore it doesn’t have to be plated in rhodium to create another colour.
If it comes to durability, the reality is that these two precious metals can (and probably will be) scratched over time. Regardless of the fact that both will get scratched, there is actually a gap in just how they become scratched.
When white gold takes harm, an extremely small, often microscopic sum of the metal tends to get left behind on the surface it came into contact with. In contrast, as platinum becomes damaged during daily wear, the alloy will move around as very tiny scrapes are created.
This gap in wearing-down is an essential consideration when choosing the prongs to the engagement ring. Considering that more metal is dropped overtime in white gold, this can make the prongs of your ring thin out over the years or even break-off, which increases the danger of your bead falling out or otherwise becoming damaged. White gold prongs need re-tipping much more often than platinum prongs. For this reason, we constantly recommend for our clients to at least get platinum prongs in their engagement rings, even when bottom of the ring is still white gold. This is not to say that your fully white gold engagement ring will fall apart, but it’s important to consider the superior durability of platinum prongs.
Platinum rings are normally more costly than white gold rings. Platinum is equally more rare than gold, and is harder to get a gardener to work with because of the properties of this metal. Additionally, as we explained previously, platinum rings are usually 90-95% pure platinum, whereas white gold rings contain more metal metals. This means that you get a heavier ring with a quite large percentage of platinum, increasing the value of this ring.
Appearance & Maintenance
Both platinum and white gold alter their appearance with time. White gold is coated in a layer of rhodium, which will slowly wear away. This will lead to a yellowing of this product, but it will return to its original appearance after you get it rhodium plated back again. Generally, we have found that most clients start noticing this shift within a year and get their ring rhodium plated again.
Platinum will move slightly when it takes damage, and also these very little grooves and scrapes in the ring will cause a slightly duller finish over time. Many people actually like this faded appearance since it provides the ring a classic appearance. A number of other people, however, prefer the first shine and brighter finish of the diamonds. A jeweler can re-polish your platinum ring back to its original finish, and most of our clients get this done roughly annually.
They both do need a minimal level of upkeep, but between re-tipping prongs and rhodium plating, most of our clients find that white gold needs more maintenance. Platinum rings, nevertheless, tend to be more expensive at the offset, even though they may need less upkeep during the duration of this ring. However, should you pay careful attention to your ring, avert harm, and do not mind visiting the jeweler for routine maintenance on your ring, white gold could be the superior option for you. White gold rings also have a tendency to be cheaper and come in a lot more distinctive designs than platinum, since the metal will be a lot easier to work with for a jeweler. We hope this guide helps you on your journey to find the perfect wedding band or engagement ring!