Ask The Jewelry Expert... Is Platinum Better Than White Gold?
The short answer is, "that depends". For simplicity, below we will compare Platinum/Ruthenium to Standard White Gold. Then you decide.
Platinum Pro's >Durable: Over time does not wear down significantly. >Dense: 1.75X heavier than Gold >Hypo Allergenic: Alloys do not corrode >Malleable: Pits & scratches can be Burnished. >Color: Remains White-Grey without Rhodium plating.
Platinum Con's >Expensive: Costs approximately 4x the price of 14k white Gold >Scratching: Everyday wear and tear causes "dull" scratches. >Maintenance: General Maintenance, such as Ring Sizing, is expensive.
White Gold Pro's >Affordable: Costs approximately 25% to 35% less than Platinum. >Good Wear: Everyday wear and tear causes scratching, but scratches are bright and not dull, making them less noticeable. >Maintenance: Affordable General Maintenance, Ring Sizing and Repair.
White Gold Con's >Discoloration: White Gold is "Off White" in color. Requires frequent polishing and Rhodium plating. >Corrosive: Gold is not corrosive, but the Nickel alloy (whitening agent) is corrosive. Over time, Prongs & Shanks wear down, become brittle and break. Requires frequent Jewelry Check-Ups, Cleaning, Stone Tightening and Prong Re-Tipping. >Thinning: White gold wears down over time. Shanks become thin, causing sharp edges. Prongs wear down requiring Re-Tipping.