Gold and platinum are two commonly used materials for diamond engagement and wedding rings, however, they each have their own set of distinguishing features. If you are planning on purchasing a special ring such as an engagement or wedding ring, it’s good to know which of the two materials is going to be best suited to you – especially as you’ll be wearing the ring on your finger for the rest of your life. Although both of these precious metals are unique, they are also very similar in a variety of different ways. Let’s take a look at how yellow gold and platinum compare in terms of appearance, comfort and durability.
The main distinguishing characteristic between gold and platinum is the color. Whilst platinum is naturally white, gold is naturally yellow. Yellow gold is the best option if you are hoping for a yellow ring, whereas if you want a white ring, you have the opportunity to choose between either white gold or platinum. White gold rings – available here at Ascot Diamonds – have a very similar look to platinum due to the rhodium plating which is used to make them. However, if you are thinking of purchasing a white gold ring it’s important to note that whilst they do look similar to platinum, over time the rhodium plating will fade, giving the ring a yellowish tinge.
If you are looking for a ring which is more durable and will last you a long period of time, platinum is the best choice to go for. Whilst both gold and platinum are two very durable and strong precious metals, if you want the one with the most durability over time, platinum wins hands down. However, despite the added durability, it’s important to note that platinum does scratch easier than 14k gold. But, unlike when gold is scratched, platinum which is scratched gets moved from one place on the ring to another, developing a platina finish which is commonly seen on antique rings and is hugely popular.
When choosing a ring such as an engagement or wedding ring, you will want to opt for a material which is comfortable as you will be wearing the ring for the rest of your life. Since platinum is denser than gold, platinum rings are often heavier than gold ones. Whilst some people prefer the extra weight of a heavier ring, others find that the lightness of gold rings is more comfortable on their finger. This is all down to personal preference, and it’s advisable to try on some gold and platinum rings before you make your final decision in order to determine which of the two you are the most comfortable wearing. Another benefit of platinum is that it is hypoallergenic, and the better choice of the two for comfort if you have sensitive skin or an allergy to nickel, which is used in gold rings.
Which do you prefer – white or gold rings? Would you wear white gold, or is platinum the way forward for you? Let us know in the comments.