Platinum, White Gold and Sterling


If you have platinum, white gold or sterling silver on your mind, then wedding bells

must be just around the corner. Deciding to get married is a big deal. Picking out an

engagement ring is oftentimes an even bigger deal. With a multitude of different gems,

stone cuts, and metal settings from which to choose, figuring out which ring is the right

one for you can become overwhelming. Should you get a solitaire with a platinum band,

or a three stone ring in 14k white gold? Does she want a princess cut or round cut? What

does marquise mean? How do you find out her ring size? Yes, these are all pertinent

questions, but don’t let them intimidate you. Just take a big breath, and we’ll walk you

through one conundrum at a time, starting with deciding which is the best ring setting for



Platinum is a rockstar in the metal world. Both beautiful and durable, it’s an extremely

popular choice for both engagement and wedding rings. First, let’s talk about looks.

When it comes to metals, most people think about either white or yellow gold. Gold is

gorgeous, but is no longer the only option when it comes to engagement rings. Platinum

has steadily risen in status in large part because of its stunning appearance. Its gleaming

white metal property is highly attractive to men and women alike. Moreover, that

pristine appearance will not fade or scratch easily. Unlike other metals that may oxidize

and gain an unsightly tarnished tone, platinum will remain shiny and bright with little

maintenance. Being a rather hard metal, platinum is also extremely resistant to nicks and



Because of its density, platinum is also rather heavy. All other things considered, a

platinum ring would have more weight to it than that of the gold variety. Also, platinum

is typically more expensive than other metals. It will last you a lifetime, but be prepared

to pay a little more for this resilient metal.


White gold is another option for your engagement ring setting. Created by mixing

traditional yellow gold with silver and palladium, white gold has gained quite a following

over the last several decades. It is both lighter and less expensive than platinum, which

explains its booming popularity. However, white gold does require a bit more care than

platinum. When white gold is produced, it has a white-gray hue, which is corrected by

plating it in rhodium. Rhodium is very similar to platinum in that it gives white gold a

more uniformly white appearance. However, rhodium also wears away after time. When

considering an engagement ring with a white gold setting, keep in mind that you will

have to schedule an appointment to recoat it every 12 to 18 months. Regardless, white

gold is a lovely choice for any engagement ring no matter the stone cut or size.


Lastly, let’s discuss sterling silver. This metal has been extremely popular with jewelry

makers since the 1700s. One reason why sterling silver has been used so frequently is

because of its malleability. Jewelry designers love that it can be easily forged into most

any shape. However, this also works against sterling silver, as it is a very soft metal. For

individuals thinking of purchasing an engagement ring, consider carefully before buying

that beautiful pear cut solitaire if it happens to be in a sterling silver setting. Hopefully


you’re intending for your beloved to wear that ring for the rest of her days, yet a sterling

silver ring will soon show signs of usage with an accumulation of scratches and dents.


Sterling silver also oxidizes fairly fast. It has a beautiful white-gray sheen to it, but

at times that gorgeous metal is hidden under a layer of not so pretty tarnish. Though

polishing sterling silver can be done relatively quickly and affordably, it may not

be the ideal setting for an engagement ring, as you’ll be cleaning it quite frequently.

Sterling silver is perhaps the most affordable option of the three metals because of

these properties; however, it may be in your best interest to reserve your sterling silver

purchases for pieces that don’t require such constant care.


Just as every relationship is unique and special, so too should your engagement ring

selection. While each metal band has different advantages, ultimately the choice comes

down to what you want and what she’ll treasure. No matter if you decide to purchase

a ring with a platinum, white gold or sterling silver setting, it most importantly should

reflect your love for one another and commitment to a life together.