White Gold vs. Platinum

Platinum vs. White Gold: which one to choose?

One of the intriguing questions most often arising, when deciding on a piece of white colour jewellery, is whether to have it made in Platinum or White Gold. Both metals, being white, look identical to a certain extent, however the similarities end there.

To simplify the decision, we have outlined two factors to take into consideration before deciding on the type of metal.

  • The Colour of white Gold is somewhat light grey, as a result of being an alloy of mixed metals. Therefore in order to revive that brilliant white colour, White Gold goes through the process of Rhodium Plating. It is then that the surface of the metal becomes shiny with a pure white colour. The shininess, however, will fade away gradually, and every 12 to 18 months new Rhodium Plating will be required to restore its lustre. Most Jewellers tend to charge for Rhodium Plating. At Raffini Jewellers, however, we offer this service free of charge as part of our lifetime guaranty. In contrast to White Gold, Platinum is white in its pure form, hence Rhodium plating is not required. Platinum tends to scratch easily, therefore in order to restore your platinum jewellery back to its original condition it is advisable that it be polished every 18 months. Again, at Raffini jewellers we offer this free service as part of our commitment to provide a high standard of customer service.
  • The Cost is the most crucial factor affecting in the decision in regards to the choice of metal. Platinum is very dense and its density is roughly twice that of Gold. As a result an engagement ring made from platinum will weigh roughly twice as much as an engagement ring made from Gold. The platinum ring feels much heavier and plusher on the finger.
    As a result, the density factor will weigh in on the cost. A piece of jewellery made from Platinum will cost much more than Gold. A Platinum ring, in fact, is more than double the cost of a gold ring.