Many customers find themselves torn between which metal to choose for their rings. Others are new to learning platinum exists! However we will always discuss all options with our clients when creating their Jewellery.
White Gold and Platinum are very different metals with different properties, this sometimes means a particular piece of Jewellery is better made in one metal over the other.
Platinum is stronger than white gold and is recommended if your design is very fine. The density of Platinum means it will also wear away more slowly than White Gold. Whilst its density can be a great thing, it also has a few negative aspects. Platinum is a very ductile metal, and as a result it loses it’s polish quickly and any edges will begin to round off.
In contrast, White Gold retains it’s polish for a longer period of time and is often a better choice if your design includes edges, engravings or bevelled details.
Another important factor to consider is colour. While Platinum is a naturally white metal, gold is naturally yellow and White Gold is made white by mixing it with other metals such as Palladium. Because of this, White Gold is slightly grey in colour but can be corrected by a treatment called Rhodium plating. Rhodium plating is the application of a very thin layer of a metal called Rhodium that is plated on top of the surface of the white gold to change its colour. It does wear off over time and needs to be reapplied, however it can last over a few years if it is taken care of. Platinum is also usually more expensive than White Gold. The difference depends on the weight needed to create your piece.
If you are unsure which metal is best for you, we are always happy to thoroughly explore all options with you and go through all of the differences and what they mean for your individual needs.