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White gold or platinum?

15 Jan 2019
Should you choose White Gold or Platinum?

Trying to choose between White Gold and Platinum?

One of the questions that we are often asked is, what is the difference between White Gold and Platinum?

We've put together a list of key points of information to help you decide on what type of metal you feel would be best suited you.

If you're still struggling to make a decision, please get in contact with us and one of our friendly experts will be able to give you helpful advice and guidance.

What are the differences between White Gold and Platinum?

  • Platinum is a naturally white metal, whereas white gold is naturally a light grey / yellowish colour and has to be plated in another metal called rhodium to make it whiter.
  • Platinum is approximately 40% heavier than gold.
  • Platinum is 30 times rarer than gold, so its price is invariably that much higher.
  • Platinum is generally 95% pure platinum compared with gold which is 75% pure gold.
  • Platinum is harder wearing than gold due to its density and weight. It does scratch like all other precious metals, but a scratch is merely a displacement of metal and none of its volume is lost.
  • If white gold has been rhodium plated, the colour difference between white gold and platinum is not generally noticeable. Platinum does look very, very slightly darker due to the rhodium plating applied to the white gold which makes the ring a little bit brighter, but you would only notice this if you compared the rings side by side.  The rhodium plating on a white gold ring will wear off over time leaving the metal looking slightly yellow in colour.

If you have a reasonable budget we recommend platinum over white gold, this is because the upkeep required to keep white gold looking white (i.e the rhodium re-plating required) will eventually mean spending as much if not more than you would have buying the platinum ring.  We offer re-plating of white gold for £20 a time and recommend having this done perhaps once a year or so.

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