Which one is better?

When choosing an engagement ring, the type of metal used for the band is a crucial consideration. Both platinum and 18ct white gold are popular choices, each with its own advantages and unique characteristics.

The TOP 5 differences we will cover are 
1. Colour
2. Durability
3. Allergies
4. Price
5. Maintenance

Platinum is a very durable metal due to its density and is a heavier metal than white gold. It is great for wear and tear on all setting styles with a substantial feel on the finger. Our white gold has the higher palladium alloy and we find it is a very tough metal and great for everyday wear. 

Weight is also a consideration, with platinum being much denser and heavier than white gold. This gives it a luxurious feel on the finger, but it also means that if your chosen design is a substantial ring, the weight on your finger will be lot more noticeable that if for example your chose 18ct white gold.

Cushion Royal Blue Sapphire Platinum Ring Bentley De Lisle


Another factor to consider is colour. Platinum is 95% pure and has a naturally white, silvery colour, while our 18ct white gold is made by mixing 75% pure gold with a high percentage of palladium to achieve a whitish grey colour. We do however rhodium plate our white gold as rhodium is a natural white metal that is hard like platinum, which helps protect white gold and has the same colour as platinum.

Below rings are crafted in 18ct white gold.



A very small percentage of people may have an allergic reaction to the alloys used in white gold, but platinum is a hypoallergenic metal, so it may be a better choice if you have sensitive skin.

We have seen this in some commercial rings manufactured overseas, usually once the rhodium plating wears off due to using nickel-based alloys.

Below rings are crafted in platinum.


Platinum at present is similar in cost to our 18ct white gold white gold, but due to the higher labour cost in manufacturing and the finished weight of the piece (density), it works out slightly more expensive than white gold.


All metals will mark and scratch depending on how you wear them. Although platinum does not require rhodium plating, it is a much more difficult metal to work with and requires multiple stages of emery and polishing to get a high lustre. Due to platinum’s high melt temperature, it will always cost more for resizing and general maintenance.


In our opinion, even though the cost or rhodium is at the all time high, we are still offering our yearly service for our customers complimentary, so at this point, there is no need to worry about the cost of the upkeep for both 18ct white gold and platinum.

With our expert care and maintenance, you can be sure that your ring will retain its beauty and durability for years to come