The Appearance: White gold is basically a mix of gold, various metal alloys and a plating of rhodium. It derives the white color from the rhodium plating and looks just like platinum. Over a period of time, the plating will wear off and make it appear grayish-yellow. Platinum on the other hand, is naturally white and retains its color throughout. You might have to re-plate women’s or men’s wedding bands in white gold but not the ones made using platinum.
The Cost: There is a price difference between white gold and platinum. The latter is denser & retains it’s white color over time; whereas white gold doesn’t. To make a platinum ring, more metal is used compared to gold wedding bands. In addition, more labor is involved in making a platinum ring with a higher purity compared to mainstream white gold rings. This contributes to its higher price tag.
The Durability: Platinum aces in the durability criteria. It is more durable than gold with wear. This means a platinum ring with stones have less chance of the stones falling off as compared to women’s or men’s white gold wedding bands. So, if you are planning to buy a wedding band with stones, platinum should be your first preference.
The Comfort: Platinum women’s or men’s wedding rings are denser than women’s or men’s gold wedding rings, which makes them heavier as well. Some people want their rings to be a bit on the heavy side, others need something lighter. It really depends upon individual preferences.
The Versatility: Both white gold and platinum are versatile metals. The rings made from these metals can be plain, intricately designed and with/without stones and still look lovely. Also, jewelry made from these metals can compliment all sorts of outfits.