Platinum or White Gold?
One of the first questions many people are faced with when choosing or designing their jewellery is Platinum or White Gold? It’s important to understand the difference between the two when choosing the option that best suits you.
So, what is the difference?
From a colour standpoint, Platinum is naturally a bright white metal whilst unplated 18ct White Gold is a beautiful grey/brown.
Generally 18ct White Gold gets plated with Rhodium, a metal from the Platinum family, to make it appear as a brighter, whiter metal. This plating is generally applied once a year at a cost.
White Gold (without Rhodium plating) on the left and Platinum on the right
Platinum is far denser than White Gold and therefore weighs 30% more. Durability wise, Platinum is inherently stronger and will outlast White Gold pieces by many years as the metal wears away more slowly. For more fragile or detailed pieces, we recommended Platinum.
What accounts for the difference in price?
Traditionally White Gold has been the cheaper option, as there is a higher percentage of pure metal in Platinum than in Gold alloys. We use Platinum 950, meaning it is 95% pure, whilst 18ct gold is 75% pure.
Platinum also takes longer to manufacture and polish due to it’s higher density, leading to longer productiont time.
Recently White Gold prices have been on the rise, shrinking the gap between the two considerably.
As Platinum is the heavier metal, a standard 7mm wedding band will feel more significant in the hand than one of gold. Some people prefer the weight, and some don’t. All Jason Ree rings are made with a Comfort Fit inside, to ensure maximum cosiness and ease of wear at all times.
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Platinum and White Gold are both precious, durable metals and pieces made from either benefit from continued upkeep.
At Jason Ree we offer free lifetime of checks, cleaning and polishing on all pieces of jewellery that we have made. We encourage our customers to make use of this at least once a year.