Platinum vs White Gold

The first difference between white gold and platinum is the most basic and is the foundation of all the other differences. White gold and platinum are different metals. White gold starts out as gold. Gold is yellow. Platinum is itself a white metal. White gold and platinum have their own properties that make them unique

Platinum is one of the best precious metals to choose for your jewelry, but what are the reasons this material is held in such high esteem? Platinum is very rare and is therefore one of the most expensive metals used in jewelry. While the heavy price tag can be considered a negative, let’s see what the advantages of platinum are and how it compares with white gold.

Platinum is one of the most durable materials your jewelry can be made of. While yellow gold, for example, is softer and wears down with time, platinum lasts a lot longer without showing signs of significant wear.

Although platinum and white gold share the same color, it’s not like picking one over the other wouldn’t make a difference.

How is white gold made?

 White gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver, nickel or palladium. The white color is achieved by a careful choice of the alloying metals, which bleach the deep yellow of pure gold. The amount of alloy mixed with gold is called its karat. The key to understanding gold karat is the karat value over 24. An example is a 14-karat gold wedding ring. It is 14/24, which equals 58.3% gold and 41.7% alloy. The white color is achieved by a careful choice of the alloying metals, which bleach the yellow of pure gold.

What is platinum?

One of the defining characteristics of platinum is that it is a very pure material. The platinum used in jewelry is usually between 95% and 99% pure. But why does purity matter? Due to its purity, platinum can be worn without causing allergic reactions.

Key Differences


Basis White gold Platinum
Purity  White gold is just yellow gold mixed with white metals and covered with rhodium. Platinum is pure
Color It has a hint of yellow. Platinum is a gray white and will keep its color true
State White gold is harder than platinum Not as hard as white gold
Weight Lighter than Platinum Platinum is heavier (specific gravity: 21.4) than gold (specific gravity: 19.3). When you alloy white gold the differ
Price Costs lesser than Platinum  Platinum cost 2.5 to 5 times more than white gold. 

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