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Platinum Vs White Gold Rings: the 5 Biggest Differences

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Deciding between white gold and platinum can seem impossible. Although platinum has long been regarded as the best metal, can its high price tag be justified?

We want you to make up your own mind about this! Differentiating these two white metals from one another is difficult due to the wide range of differences between them. In appearance, they appear to be identical, but they are in fact quite different.

The following are the five most significant differences between white gold and platinum rings that you should be aware of before making a jewelry purchase:

  1. For the long run.

    Many people believe that because white gold and platinum metals look the same when purchased, they will perform the same way over time. This is a far cry from the reality.

    While white gold is a beautiful and highly sought-after metal, consumers should be aware of some of the metal's drawbacks as it ages. Despite its name, white gold isn't actually gold at all. In order to create white gold, white metals such as silver, palladium, or nickel are mixed with yellow gold. Rhodium plating, a process that coats white gold with a bright white coating, is applied after the metals have been mixed together. If you're looking to get the same effect from white gold as platinum, you'll need to keep this in mind:

    In the long run, the rhodium plating finish will wear off and the jewelry will begin to show its natural yellow color. This is very important to understand. A jeweler will need to re-rhodium plate it for you if this occurs. This could happen fairly quickly, depending on your level of activity and how often you wear the jewelry. White gold is a long-term investment that requires regular upkeep.

  2. Longevity and reliability.

    Platinum has long been referred to as the strongest and most durable metal for jewelry, and it's no secret why. Let's take a closer look at this concept. There is a distinct difference between platinum and gold in terms of how they respond to scratches on the surface. Gold is scratched away and disappears when white gold is scratched.

    There's something called patina finish that occurs when platinum is scratched, as the platinum moves from one location to another. Using this type of polish, your jewelry will take on the appearance of being centuries old. In contrast to white gold, platinum does not actually lose metal when it is polished, allowing it to be restored to its original state.

    One of platinum's greatest advantages as a precious metal is its ability to withstand wear and tear. Precious stones will be held securely in place for a long period of time. When it comes to white gold rings, platinum prongs are a common choice.

    Due to its durability and resistance to damage, platinum jewelry can last for generations. Platinum jewelry can be easily restored to its former luster and resized or reconditioned if it is to be passed down through the family.

  3. Composition

    For the most part, you'll find white gold jewelry in 14K and 18K versions (75 percent pure gold). Alloys of gold and other metals will be formed to make them more durable than pure gold (aka 24 karat gold). Because of its softness, a 24-karat diamond ring is rarely sold. Adding other metals to it makes it even more durable. This means that the 18K white gold option would be less durable, since it is closer to 24K.

    This heavy and strong metal is platinum. Platinum is a heavier metal than white gold, so those who want to wear platinum jewelry must decide if they can handle the added weight. The best way to see if it's too heavy for you is to put it on and see if you mind it. In the case of platinum, all of these factors will have to be taken into account.

  4. Possibility of hypoallergenic effects.

    When comparing metals, keep in mind that the metal may irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. By minimizing potentially irritating substances, hypoallergenic metals can reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

    Because it is 95% pure, platinum is the only real hypoallergenic precious jewelry metal you can buy. White gold contains a variety of metals, and those with particularly sensitive skin may experience irritation from some of these metals. If you have or suspect you have any of these allergies, you should stick with platinum.

  5. Cost

    White gold's cost advantage over platinum is a major selling point. Because platinum is 30 times more rare and mined at a much lower rate than white gold, it will almost always be more expensive. Gold is mined at a rate of 2,700 tons per year, while platinum is mined at a rate of 80 tons per year.

    Platinum is also heavier than gold. If the ring were made of platinum instead of white gold, it would be heavier. Because precious metals are priced based on weight, the same ring in platinum would be significantly more expensive.

    The price difference between platinum and white gold is influenced by a number of factors, including these. You'll have to weigh the costs and benefits of each metal to determine which is the better choice for your ring, depending on what you're looking for.

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