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White gold and platinum look very similar at first, but they actually differ in many aspects. To tell them apart you should use the five C's: Composition, Colour, Cost, Care and Culture. Do you prefer platinum or white gold for your diamond engagement ring? Get to know the difference between the two precious metals here.
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1st C: Composition
Pure gold is too pliable and therefore not suitable for making jewellery. That's why we're always talking about a gold alloy, a combination of gold and other metals.
In terms of allergies, it’s a tie. Even though platinum is known to be both hypoallergenic and durable, European guidelines ensure that 18 carat jewellery may only contain a minimal amount of nickel, which makes white gold an excellent hyperallergenic alternative to platinum.
2nd C: Colour
3rd C: Cost
In addition, platinum in its pure form is much stronger than pure gold, but when both precious metals are used in an alloy, 950 platinum becomes softer, making it harder to work with and increasing the labour cost of the jewel.
If you decide against buying platinum, but rather white gold, you can invest the money you saved in a larger diamond for your engagement ring. But of course, the choice is absolutely yours.
4th C: Care
In terms of wear, both metals scratch differently. Since 18 carat gold is harder than platinum, it is more likely to lose a little of its metal when scratched, whereas a scratch in platinum actually displaces the metal, leaving ridges on the edges of the scratch.
Last but not less important to consider is that white gold jewellery can more easily be adjusted in size and the adaption is less visible. Due to the specific properties of platinum, you will most likely be able to see a line at the joint, even when the resizing was done properly because the soldering is of different alloy.
Cleaning white gold or platinum jewellery yourself is easier than you think. Even for jewellery with diamonds, you have the right cleaning agents at home.
5th C: Culture
Platinum is also associated with patience, determination and perseverance in popular culture. Whether you choose rings in platinum or white gold: the symbolic value is assured.