The hustle of the wedding season brings with it umpteen questions on precious metals and jewellery. Timeless in charm, platinum
and white gold without doubt take the top spot when it comes to wedding rings. While their appearances may be similar, they vary considerably in terms of properties. Both have their pluses and minuses but to understand clearly which one caters better to our needs, a vivid picture of their differences can be rendered based on their qualities.
Even though white gold and platinum look alike from a distance, upon closer inspection, one can spot the difference quite comfortably. White gold leans towards a prominent white while platinum embraces a greyish white hue. White gold is transformed from its original yellow form by mixing it with other white metals such nickel, silver or palladium. However, platinum comes in a natural grey shade. A good suggestion would be to stick with either platinum or gold for your ensemble as mixing them up might take away the consistency.
Composition And Durability
When it comes to the composition of white gold, it often comes in 14 K and 18 K variations, i.e., the higher the carat amount, the purer the gold. Platinum on other hand is blended with other metals mostly in the ratio of 95% platinum and 5% alloy metals, which is often marked as 950 purity in rings.
Platinum is more durable in terms of strength but this also makes it heavier to wear. It loses very little weight during regular use and polishing. For white gold, its true colour underneath is yellow, therefore it has a tendency to lose its silvery white and revert to the original shade. It might need a re-coat with rhodium to retain its luster.
One of other lesser-known facts is that platinum is hypoallergenic as it is often alloyed with iridium. However, white gold with a blend of nickel might cause allergies.
The cost of platinum is higher than white gold. Few reasons for this are:
- Platinum needs skilled artisans, as it is often difficult to work with
- Platinum is denser, so more material is needed to make the same sized ring than for white gold
- In addition, platinum is purer in terms of composition when compared to white gold as most platinum jewellery is 95% pure whereas for 18 K white gold only 75% purity is required
When it comes to serviceability, white gold takes the upper hand, as it is easier to repair or recoat with rhodium. Contrastingly, platinum, known for its high melting point, might need an experienced jeweller to handle the repair without spoiling the precious stones adorned on it.
Both platinum and white gold have their own unique features and advantages. The selection of ones jewellery can be done by weighing on these above-said factors and choosing what suits us best.