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What’s the difference between white gold and platinum?

Searching for the perfect diamond engagement ring is an enchanting endeavor. It signals the start of a lifelong fairy tale with your partner and is a process to be cherished. But it can be daunting.

With considerations to make about elements such as the best metal type, the shape of the diamond and the band style (and width) it can get overwhelming quickly. And that’s before you’ve considered the diamond quality and sizing.

With white gold vs platinum being an on on going debate, one of the questions that arises when it comes to choosing a metal type is “what’s the difference between white gold and platinum?”

Engagement and wedding ring experts at Steven Stone have put together a handy guide that answers that very question.

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White gold and platinum appear to look identical, with many unable to tell the difference between the two metals. Though there are some differences which could effect which one you buy.  


Although you wouldn’t know it, the main difference between the two metals comes from the colour of their natural properties. Before being modified, platinum has a natural white hue, while gold is a little more yellow. To successfully craft a white gold ring, you need to combine gold, alloys and a rhodium plating, which makes it appear white. 

Jewellery made with white gold will slowly revert to its original yellow colour.


When comparing both options, white gold is cheaper than platinum. This is because 18ct gold rings have 75% purity, whilst platinum has 95%.


Platinum is stronger than white gold, despite being a softer metal. As it’s a softer metal, it does mean it can be scratched easier, however, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many customers really like it when the metal looks a little worn, as it gives jewellery an antique look, which as we know is very popular right now. 

However, for the perfectionists who want to make sure that their ring is scratch-free, re-polishing the ring will restore its original beauty. A platinum shoulder set ring with a halo diamond The everyday wear-and-tear isn’t just exclusive to platinum rings, jewellery made with white gold will slowly revert to its original yellow colour.


One of the main benefits that platinum holds over white gold is the absence of nickel, which some people may be allergic to. Some gold rings are alloyed with nickel and this can irritate the skin around the finger.

If your significant other does have an allergy, then a platinum ring can be the best option.

Neither metal is superior to the other and both are extremely popular options for all types of rings.

The pure white sheen offered by both metals compliments any diamond or gemstone perfectly. While white gold and platinum may look similar, they are completely different precious metals, which is mainly reflected through the price due to the purity and density of each ring.

Despite their differences, both rings will look beautiful with the diamond shining atop.

If you’re looking for some jewellery inspiration, why not take a look at our full collection? Whether you’re after a necklace osome diamond earrings, we’ve got you covered. We also have a vast range of engagement and wedding rings.

If you don’t see anything that takes your fancy, we also offer a bespoke service, where our designers will create a unique piece of jewellery that ticks all the boxes.

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