Should I buy platinum or white gold?

People often ask me about the difference between the Platinum and white Gold and which one is better to use in the jewelry. I decided to gather all the information I have into a short blog post.


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• There is no such thing as "pure white gold."

18 Karat white gold is 75% pure Gold, alloyed with Copper, Nickel, Zink and / or Palladium.

14 Karat white gold is 58.5% pure gold, alloyed with Copper, Nickel, Zink.

White gold is often coated in rhodium to give it a whiter, shinier finish.

Every few years it should be re-coated to retain its white color and shine and replace its rhodium plating. I offer annual polishing and rhodium as the warranty of my pieces for my clients.


• Platinum has a natural grayish white color. In order for it to be sold in the market, it must have at least 90-95 percent platinum; if less, it would be called a platinum alloy.


• Generally white gold is more scratch resistance than Platinum.

Scratches on Platinum will leave a patina finish, and many people don’t mind the color of it after couple of years.


• Platinum is more expensive as piece than white gold. Why?


First, platinum is denser than white gold and so more of it is required to make a piece. Secondly, it is rarer and mined much less than gold, according to data in 2018, 3,332 tones of gold and about 165 tons of platinum were mined globally. These factors lead to higher prices of Platinum.


I Hope these information help you to pick your best fit. If you have any questions email me : info @elzom.com