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Posted on September 30, 2014 11:42 pm
To an untrained eye it might be hard to tell the difference between a platinum and white gold setting. But there are quite a few differences. While both will make stunning settings for your engagement ring, pendant or any other type of jewelry, make sure you know all the information before making a purchase.
There is a considerable difference in cost between platinum and white gold. Platinum’s rarity makes it an in-demand commodity, allowing companies to charge more for the precious metal. Only a fraction of platinum is mined each year compared to gold.
When considering the price between a platinum or white gold setting, also discuss the stone or gems that will be placed in the setting. If you choose a white gold setting, you may be able to afford a larger stone. You or the person who will be receiving the jewelry will have to decide which is more important.
The higher the karat, the softer the gold. While you may want the highest composition of gold, keep in mind this raises the karat and lowers the durability. This is when jewelers will begin adding other types of metal gold to increase the strength, creating an alloy. Alloys are also the way jewelers reach the white gold color. Platinum, on the other hand, is an extremely strong metal. It is also heavier than gold, causing the increase in price. Comparing the weight difference between a platinum and white gold settings can help you make the decision.
Alloys require routine maintenance. For instance, a rhodium plating will be placed over your white gold setting to enhance shine and color. Your setting will need to be replated every few years, otherwise your ring may revert back to its original yellow hue. This is not a huge expense, so it shouldn’t sway you one way or the other costwise.
Platinum will also require upkeep. As with white gold, the shine and luster of the metal can lessen. It can be shined by a jeweler and returned to its former glory, also an inexpensive process.
In short, both metals make a beautiful setting for any type of jewelry. For most customers it simply comes down to visual preference or cost. View our wide selection of jewelry online or in store and see for yourself which type of metal setting is right for you.