Metal Wars: Platinum vs White Gold


While they may look similar, Platinum and White Gold are very different metals with their own unique properties. For those wondering which is best for them, I recommended considering a few different factors; composition, durability and care to help you decide which is ideal for you.

Composition

An essential difference between Platinum and White Gold is what the metals are composed from. To create White Gold, Yellow Gold is mixed – or alloyed – with white metals to give it the silvery colour. This White Gold mixture is then rhodium plated, giving it a shiny finish. Platinum, on the other hand, is a naturally occurring greyish metal that is sourced from many locations around the world, including Russia, America, Colombia, South Africa, Canada, Zimbabwe and more.

Because the cost of precious metals is determined by weight, Platinum tends to be more expensive than White Gold. However, this does not mean that it is a superior metal to White Gold. While Platinum is more expensive, the Premium White Gold used by fine jewellers is a better option in many ways.

If you’re allergic to nickel, you may experience some reactions to White Gold that contains nickel. Platinum is considered a hypoallergenic metal because it does not contain other alloys. However, this problem can be easily overcome by simply asking your jeweller for a White Gold alloy that does not contain nickel.

Durability

While Platinum is often said to be more durable than White Gold; this is not necessarily the case. It all comes down to the quality of the White Gold, with Premium White Gold being a much more durable metal than Platinum. Platinum is a soft and malleable metal that scratches and dents far easier than Premium White Gold. Due to the mix of alloys in Premium White Gold it is far better at resisting dents, scratches and other types of wear and tear damage.

Even the most high quality Premium White Gold’s rhodium plating will wear off over time. However, Premium White Gold does not go yellow when the plating has worn off and can be easily replated at a low cost.

Care

Both White Gold and Platinum jewellery require care to be kept in perfect condition over time. With Platinum, the dents and scratches that it incurs over time will need to be polished out more frequently. White Gold is best maintained with the occasional polish and rhodium plating, which can be performed by your jeweller.

Most people are under the impression that it is only White Gold that is plated with rhodium, but Platinum jewellery is also often plated with rhodium to give it a greater shine, due to the fact that Platinum is greyer metal.

Whether you prefer White Gold or Platinum, both are gorgeous metals that have pros and cons. I can guarantee that if the jewellery is well made and well taken care of, both metals can create pieces that will be cherished for generations to come.

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