Why Does White Gold Change Colour and Require Maintenance While Platinum Doesn’t?
The main problem is that rhodium plating doesn’t last forever and it can wear off in as little as a few months, depending on the amount of wear of the ring. Once it does, the colour of your ring will change to an off-white, yellowish colour – which is the true colour of the alloy below the plating.
In order to maintain the ring, you’ll need to have it professionally polished. The old layer of rhodium plating will be removed, and the ring will be plated with rhodium again. This must be done repeatedly for the lifetime of your ring, generally every 6 months!
It is important to note that, jewellers love it when you buy white gold – because you’ll have to come back into their store regularly to have your ring serviced over and over. They charge you for this service and also have the chance to sell you something new.
Therefore the advantage of Platinum is that it doesn’t have this problem. It has a naturally bright, silver-white colour that looks beautiful. All you need to do to maintain a piece of platinum jewellery if you like is to give it a light polish every 2 years or so – that’s it!
Overall, platinum is a much better option for lab diamond engagement rings – or any ring in general. Read on to learn more, and see why platinum from Novita Diamonds is superior to white gold.
Our Platinum rings at Novita are competitively priced – only about 10% more for platinum vs white gold rings. So why is it more expensive? First, platinum rings are made of 95% platinum – while 18K gold rings are made of only 75% gold. Second, the melting temperatures of platinum exceed 1,700° C, compared to just 1,100° C for white gold. Third, due to the high melting temperatures, they are naturally more labour intensive.
Why do jewellers usually charge double for platinum?
The reason for this is, the average jeweller has to outsource the work to a company like us. And do not forget, since you won't be coming back every 6 months, they are trying to make up for a lifetime of no maintenance. Whereas, we make all our jewellery and lab grown diamond rings in-house, which means that they are much more affordable.
Both platinum and white gold are equally strong and durable but white gold tends to scratch more easily due to the layer of rhodium plating. Don’t be fooled by false statements of salespeople pretending white gold is stronger. It’s simply not.
Platinum is a better choice than white gold for jewelry because it maintains its color and requires less maintenance. Both metals are strong, but platinum is more durable and resistant to scratches. White gold changes color and needs regular rhodium plating. Platinum is more expensive due to its higher purity and melting temperature, but Novita Diamonds offers competitively priced platinum rings that perfectly complements our lab made diamonds in UK.