What do you like, platinum or white gold?, you will definitely be asked with this question by a jeweler if you go shopping for engagement rings or looking for an elegant wedding 對戒. In addition to choosing a stone or gem, you need to decide on what type of metal to use for the band. The white gold and the platinum are two of the most popular choices.
There is no ‘pure white gold’ and if the jeweler tells you that rather go with platinum. The silvery white color is a result of mixing yellow gold with white metals like silver or nickel. Over the years, you will notice your white gold ring to fade in yellow color. Platinum, in contrast, is a natural grayish white color and can only be sold if it is 90-95% platinum. It’s color will not fade unlike white gold, but its shiny finish will turn dull that will make the stone even more sparkly. Besides that, it is easy to restore its original patina.
The higher the karat of a diamond, the purer the gold content, but the metal is less durable. A 24k gold is at its purest but too soft for mounting jewelry, thus it must be alloyed with other metals to harden it. While platinum is a durable metal, stronger and heaver compared to gold. It is a reason why it comes in price. One good thing about platinum is its hypoallergenic feature, ideal for brides with allergy to nickel, which is usually one of the white metals mixed to white gold.
Platinum ring cost at least twice the price of an 18K white gold ring. It is also rarer than gold, so it really costs more. The precious metals are priced according to their weight. Since platinum is denser than white gold, it is understood why white gold band setting cost half as much as platinum band. The cost is top advantage of white gold than platinum, and ideal for men out there shopping for budget-friendly engagement rings.