This topic is something that comes up in almost every jewelry sale. Everyone asks me if they need to purchase platinum. The answer is it depends on the situation! I explain it just like this: in most jewelry stores, the employees work on commission so they are trying to increase the ticket price in any possible way. One of the easiest ways for them to increase the price is to convince you that you NEED platinum. On average, this increases the ticket price of the mounting by 40%.
We do not run our store this way. Our staff does not work on commission because we do not want you to be pressured into something you don’t need or want. Platinum is a great metal and some people have lifestyles that require the small level of increased safety that platinum provides. When looking at rings with a lot of micro pave’ platinum can be beneficial to help with the durability of those small prongs.
However, no metal is perfect. You can still damage platinum and have the risk of small diamonds falling out, just as you would with white gold. Platinum also scratches very easily and needs to be polished every year, while white gold holds up better to scratching but needs to be rhodium plated every year. With either choice of metal this general rule applies: the smaller the prongs, the less metal holding the stone in, thus, a greater risk for diamonds falling out. In summary, you will pay a lot more when you choose platinum over white gold, and only gain a small increase in the strength of the metal.
Pros: White gold
Cons: White gold