Your choice of metal for your engagement ring, like your choice of a companion, can have a long-term impact on your happiness (not to mention the longevity of your engagement ring). There’s the karat (not carat) weight to consider, as well as durability, upkeep, color, shine, and, of course, price. But first and foremost, let us discuss white gold. What exactly is it?
It’s exactly what it sounds like – gold plus a few other metals thrown in for good measure. The other metals change the color of gold from the yellow we associate with it to a warm yellow-ish beige.
White gold is frequently alloyed with other white metals to make it more durable. Some of these metals, such as palladium, are quite safe, while others, such as nickel, are not.
You can easily identify and check whether your white gold is real. Just check on the inside lip, and look at the bottom of the band. Is it beginning to turn yellow? The natural white gold is visible. It’s time to change the plates. There is no requirement that you replate your ring. Allow it to go if you prefer the warmer toned white gold. The plating eventually wears away, leaving you with a lower-maintenance ring.
White gold nearly always contains nickel, unlike platinum, which is hypoallergenic. Nickel can disintegrate when it comes into touch with sweat, forming a salt that irritates your skin. If you’ve ever been irritated by a piece of jewelry or found a residue or rash after removing a cheap bangle, you’re one of the 5-10% of the population that has a nickel allergy.
The composition along with the pricing create a huge difference between platinum and white gold. White gold is made up of a mix of hard metals including nickel, zinc, and copper, whereas platinum is purer, containing 95-98 percent platinum. Whereby, as more amount of platinum is required to make a band, the price always shows an increase by 40-50 percent.
White gold, on the other hand, outperforms platinum in terms of durability. Platinum is softer and more easily scratched than 14K white gold. When white gold is scratched, however, the scratched metal leaves the ring’s surface and sticks to whatever scratched it. It’s gone for good. Platinum, on the other hand, scratches easily but retains its metal, resulting in a patina. This patina can be removed using a polishing cloth to restore the metal’s natural luster.
Is platinum superior to white gold?
There’s a lot to think about, so we decided to break it down into the essential things you should consider before picking a metal.
- Unlike white gold, which needs to be replated and polished every six months, platinum is a one-time purchase. Your ring will stay as shiny as the day you first tried it on with regular at-home cleaning and an annual polishing.
- Platinum is always white. The white gold is more of a beige color. While rhodium plating transforms white gold from yellow to white, it requires constant maintenance to keep your ring appearing new (and who has time for that).
- latest rings in white gold are without a doubt the most cost-effective metal for your engagement ring. It’s less expensive than platinum, so you might go for a center stone. Furthermore, you can easily upgrade to a platinum setting later on.
But when it comes to work wear rings we need to consider a few things as both platinum and white gold are robust metals that perform well with filigree and milgrain design techniques, platinum is preferred more for a few reasons. When platinum gets scratched, unlike white gold, the metal is not lost. When white gold is scratched, a small amount of metal is left on the object that scratched it, and a tiny groove appears on the surface. Platinum tends to relocate itself to accommodate the scratch groove. So it’s best for the office. But it’s your choice always which one to go for.