Both platinum and gold are among the most precious of metals. Although platinum is the most precious because of its rarity and durability, gold is still the most traditional because of it’s cost-effectiveness and availability in both white and gold.
Platinum is 60 percent heavier than gold and is denser and stronger, making it more resistant to damage. Neither gold nor platinum will tarnish, although platinum will retain its luster longer.
Platinum only comes in a silver color, while gold can be yellow or white. Although a silver-toned metal is the more popular trend, couples may want to choose gold if they desire a yellow metal.
Because of its rarity, platinum is more expensive than gold and costs about 20 percent more. Because it’s similar in color, 18k gold is a good alternative if platinum is out of your budget.
Gold is measured on a karat scale, ranging from 14k to 24k. Pure gold is 24k and isn’t a good option for a ring as it’s too soft and will bend with daily wear. The most popular is 18k gold, which is more durable than pure gold because of the various alloys that are used to strengthen it. In comparison, platinum is so strong that it’s difficult to size because of the high temperature required to change the metal’s shape.
Whether you choose platinum or gold, you can be assured that they’ll both make quality settings for your engagement ring as well as your wedding bands.