Luxury jewellery designer Matthew Ely explains the difference between White Gold and Platinum and which metal is right for you.


Colour-wise, both metals appear white. Platinum is naturally this colour, and most pieces of jewellery that are platinum are almost completely made up of the metal. White gold, on the other hand, is yellow gold mixed with whitening alloys such as nickel. It’s then rhodium plated, making the colour and the ring stronger.

Matthew Ely’s Platinum Marquise Art Deco Engagement Ring


Platinum is much heavier than white gold. This difference is easy to ignore in smaller pieces, but may become more noticeable in larger pieces.  Some jewellery wearers prefer the weight of a heavier metal, while others prefer the light daintiness of white gold. Since both metals are measured in price per gram, platinum tends to weigh more and therefore cost more than white gold.

Art Deco Styled Diamond Drop Earrings in 18ct White Gold


Whilst platinum is harder than gold in its purest form, 18kt white gold is mixed with other metals, which make it harder. The hardness of a metal refers to its resistance to scratching and denting. Therefore, a hard metal, like white gold, will be resistant to scratches, whilst a soft metal, like platinum, will show scratches more easily.

On the other hand, platinum is more brittle than white gold, meaning that it will not bend easily. This makes it perfect for securely holding delicately set gemstones. However, this also means that it is more difficult to re-size the ring.

Both platinum and white gold offer unique characteristics that make them attractive to different people – we recommend trying out the different metals to see which you prefer.

Matthew Ely’s award winning designs include both metals, so you’re sure to find the material and the design best suited to your personal taste.