Which is better: Platinum or Gold?
If you’ve been in the market, or are just starting to shop around, it’s likely you’ve found that most of our designer engagement rings are available in 14-kt gold, 18-kt gold or platinum! So if you’re trying to decide on the perfect ring, it’s important to fully understand the major differences between gold and platinum when choosing to make this investment.
Yellow gold, white gold, rose gold — they all start with the same component: a naturally yellow gold. Surprise! White gold is actually 40% to 50% yellow gold mixed with other alloyed metals that give it a whiter hue. Typically mixed with copper, nickel, silver, zinc, or palladium, gold rings are a bad choice for a fiance with a hypoallergenic allergy! White gold rings still require rhodium plating after extended wear to bring the ring back to its bright white finish. The gold quality is determined by the amount of pure gold in the piece.
24-kt – 100% pure gold
18-kt – 75% pure gold
14-kt – 58.3% pure gold
While white gold may seem like a cheaper option for the same look, it is actually a less strong metal than platinum. Platinum will scratch easier as it is a movable metal, but Platinum is stronger against breakage. Also, because 18-kt gold is made up of more pure gold than 14-kt, it is a little softer, and therefore shows more damage to the ring. If you are looking for a more durable option, of the two golds, 14-kt is harder and more resistant to scratching.
As mentioned above, platinum is a luxurious and naturally white precious metal that is stronger than gold and is moveable. There are no colored metals such as nickel or copper mixed in, making it hypoallergenic. Typically, platinum is mixed with palladium, another naturally white metal. Unlike white gold, you do not have to get platinum rhodium plated! Platinum takes on a patinated look that may darken the shining white to a more dull white color. Some say it ages like the time you spend with your significant other and choose to keep the weathered look. You are able to get platinum polished, but you will want to limit the times you do this to avoid shaving off too much of the softer metal.
Because platinum is harder to work with than gold, it requires more time, attention, and expertise to craft the perfect piece. Since rings made of this natural metal are 90% to 95% pure metal, the item crafted will feel significantly heavier and denser than its opponent. Platinum is much rarer than gold, making up approximately 10% of the amount of gold mined. Due to this rarity, platinum is slightly more expensive, but will always carry it’s value as an investment.
When it comes down to it, either metal is durable enough to last a lifetime and this really depends on your personal preference and budget. Personally, we prefer platinum since it is collectable in any form and will hold its value long term better than white gold. It also is hypoallergenic and naturally white so no worries about it turning slightly yellow! White gold is a great option for someone who wants a more scratch resistant ring and will be able to upkeep with the rhodium plating maintenance. Click here to make an appointment to better explore your setting options!