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The Difference Between White Gold and Platinum Rings

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The Difference Between White Gold and Platinum Rings

It’s time to buy a ring, and you’re unsure whether to choose white gold or platinum. Platinum is typically the more popular material, which is why the cost can be pretty expensive. Although, on the surface, these two metals may appear the same, many factors set them apart. Read this post to learn more about their differences before you make your decision. 

Durability and Care

Although white gold and platinum may look the same to the naked eye, they definitely hold up differently. White gold is a beautiful metal that looks gorgeous initially but wears out faster than platinum. It’s not pure gold, as it is made from yellow gold mixed with a white metal such as silver or nickel. After these metals are combined, the jewelry will be “rhodium plated” to give it a shinier finish. Over time, the rhodium plating will wear down, and the natural yellow color will show. Once this happens, you’ll have to get it replated to bring back the white color and shine. 


White gold jewelry may require a long-term commitment to maintenance, whereas platinum will age differently. Platinum will not change color over time; however, the material will lose its shiny finish. Some prefer this because the brilliance of the diamond will enhance. Platinum has better durability than white gold. Platinum can handle wear and tear better, which helps it last for generations. It doesn’t take much to get back to its original look and shine and can be resized if passed down. 

Hypoallergenic

Whether a metal is hypoallergenic or not may be a factor in ring shopping if you have sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic jewelry helps avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction. Platinum is a great choice since it is 95% pure and the only genuine hypoallergenic precious jewelry. Since white gold is made from a mix of metals, its potential to cause irritation is higher. 

Cost

Cost is the most significant selling point of white gold over platinum. Platinum will always be the more expensive option since it is rarer than gold. It is also more dense than gold, and since precious metals are priced by weight, it will be more costly. If you are on a budget yet still want to buy a beautiful ring for your significant other, white gold will be a great option. If you want the best of the best, no matter the cost, consider investing in platinum. 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers

If you want to decide between white gold or platinum in person, visit Bostonian Jewelers! Bostonian Jewelers is the leading high-end custom jeweler in the Boston area with years of professional experience and can create the perfect piece for you! Contact us today!