Sometimes we are so focused on the stone in an engagement ring we forget to ask some important questions about the ring and what metal it should be made of. To most, the obvious difference is in metal colour and karat. One of the most common questions is “Which should I choose: white gold or platinum?”. Both metals have a similar clean and silvery feel to them but they are quite different and there are pros and cons to both types.
White gold is an alloy of gold as are all non-yellow golds. Rose gold is an alloy of yellow and copper where as white gold is a mixture of yellow gold and other silver or white coloured metals such as silver, nickel, manganese and/or palladium.
Platinum is a completely different metal from gold. Its density is much higher so a platinum ring will have a heavier weight to it which can feel more luxurious. Its overall colour is slightly grey but it still looks fabulous with a diamond.
The main difference between white gold and platinum is the colour. As we mentioned white gold has a cleaner white lustre and platinum has a grey hue. Whichever one you prefer is up to you however it’s worth noting that white gold is often plated with a rhodium coating to give that extra silvery finish. Over time this will need replating whereas platinum should keep its colour even with everyday wear. It’s also best to think about getting your wedding ring in the same metal as your engagement ring. A white gold wedding band will not perfectly match a platinum engagement ring.
Platinum and white gold have a similar price gram for gram but as platinum is denser than white gold more platinum is required to make the same ring in white gold. White gold also has the advantage that you can choose between more karats depending on your budget. White gold is usually offered in 14kt or 18kt. Pure platinum needs to be a minimum of 95% platinum; anything lower than 95% is a platinum alloy. On the whole, this means that white gold is slightly cheaper than platinum.
As you are going to be wearing this ring everyday durability is very important if not a little technical. Platinum is the stronger of these two metals but it’s also the softer. This means the prongs holding the diamond are unlikely to break but the band will scratch easily. A white gold ring is not as strong as platinum but this doesn’t a white gold ring will be prone to breakage. White gold can also be scratched just like platinum but these marks can look more obvious, especially if the ring has a white rhodium plating. However, both rings can easily be re-polished to get their original lustre.
If you’re not sure which sounds like the right metal for you nothing beats trying on these different rings in person. At the end of the day, all engagement rings require a bit of upkeep but when you see and feel the difference one is likely to stand out to you. Wonderfully Diamonds supply a range of beautiful rings that pretty much all can be made to white gold or platinum to suit your preference.