I am partial to white metals when I shop for jewelry. More often than not, I can’t quite decide which metal would be a better choice between – white gold or platinum. Both appear to be the same.
If you face the same dilemma, then how to decide especially when you want to take a pick from the two for wedding bands? Here are some key considerations, which will give you a better idea:
1. The Appearance: White gold is basically a mix of gold, various metal alloys and a plating of rhodium. It derives the white color from the rhodium plating and looks just like platinum. Over a period of time, the plating will wear off and make it appear grayish-yellow. Platinum on the other hand, is naturally white and retains its color throughout. You might have to re-plate women’s or men’s wedding bands in white gold but not the ones made using platinum.
2. The Cost: There is a price difference between white gold and platinum. The latter is denser & retains it’s white color over time; whereas white gold doesn’t. To make a platinum ring, more metal is used compared to gold wedding bands. In addition, more labor is involved in making a platinum ring with a higher purity compared to mainstream white gold rings. This contributes to its higher price tag.
3. The Durability: Platinum aces in the durability criteria. It is more durable than gold with wear. This means a platinum ring with stones have less chance of the stones falling off as compared to women’s or men’s white gold wedding bands. So, if you are planning to buy a wedding band with stones, platinum should be your first preference.
4. The Comfort: Platinum women’s or men’s wedding rings are denser than women’s or men’s gold wedding rings, which makes them heavier as well. Some people want their rings to be a bit on the heavy side, others need something lighter. It really depends upon individual preferences.
5. The Versatility: Both white gold and platinum are versatile metals. The rings made from these metals can be plain, intricately designed and with/without stones and still look lovely. Also, jewelry made from these metals can compliment all sorts of outfits.
Gold and platinum are both popular metals used in wedding bands and share equal amounts of merits and demerits. So, both men’s gold wedding bands and men’s platinum wedding bands are safe bets. It is your call to decide which metal you want to choose for your special day.