A Battle of the Metals: White Gold vs. Platinum

Recently, yellow gold has taken a back seat to the increasingly popular white gold and platinum when it comes to engagement rings. Sure, white gold and platinum might look very similar, however there are some differences between the two.  Let’s take a look at the battle of gold vs. platinum and learn some of the details.

A Battle of the Metals: White Gold vs. Platinum

White Gold:  White gold rings are alloys with varying degrees of purity. White gold is actually made by mixing gold with silver or palladium. When white gold rings are made, they are coated with another metal, rhodium, to give it its pretty silvery shine. Without rhodium, white gold rings have a dull off-white color that appears slightly yellow. Since the rhodium coating can wear off, white gold rings need to be refinished every now and then.

Platinum and other alloys: Yes, platinum is more expensive, but it’s a better alternative to white gold. Unlike white gold rings which are 75 percent pure, platinum rings are 95 percent pure and much stronger than gold. Platinum also naturally gives off a silvery shine so it doesn’t need to be coated with rhodium to keep its brilliance. Other alloy metals can be used for engagement rings aside from white gold and platinum. Titanium is super light and appears metallic. It is also incredibly durable.

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