My girl's dream ring is like a $3500 designer ring in Platinum 18k. However, a fancy jewelery shop in my state has it for $1500 less if I choose to get it in 18k White Gold. My girl honestly doesn't expect a ring over $1000 but I want to get her her dream ring. However, if I get it in White Gold, it could lose its shine over time. Platinum, on the other hand, never loses its color. What to do?
This isn't the ring, but see the color difference
- #TakeTheShortCut White Gold designer ring for $2000Vote A
- #TheRealDeal Platinum designer ring for $3500Vote B
- #AreYouInsane Get her what she expects: $1000 ringVote C
Most Helpful Girl
The cheaper version of her dream. The gold may fade out BUT it can just show the journey it's been through, kind of like proof of y'all journey through marriage.2
Most Helpful Guy
Choose the white gold. Platinum is a waste of money, and marketers simply make you think that it is superior. It is not.
Platinum is indeed a more expensive metal than gold. But ALL... and yes I mean ALL platinum jewelry is rhodium plated. Even the cheap jewelry you see at Claire's accessories for tweens are usually rhodium plated.
Platinum is actually a very dull metal, so it's ugly when used for jewelry. Rhodium on the other hand is VERY VERY SHINY and resistant to corrosion/oxidation, which is why they use it to plate jewelry. That means the underlying metal does not matter... whether it's gold or platinum. The ring could also be stainless steel plated in rhodium, and nobody could tell the difference visually.
However, the plating will eventually be rubbed off, and the ring will look dull unless you get it plated again. So there's a maintenance cost.
With a white gold ring, it will look less shiny than a rhodium plated ring, but one can only tell the difference if you hold a rhodium plated ring beside a white gold ring. Jewelers will have both rings side-by-side to to sell you on the shinier one, but toss the platinum ring away and just look at the white gold ring to see if it looks great.4