Traditionally, engagement rings and wedding rings are made from white gold, yellow gold, or platinum, but recently, rose gold has become popular as a fresh, modern alternative. While platinum may look quite similar to white gold, platinum is stronger and more durable, but softer than gold. It is also a bit more expensive. Platinum will get scratched a little easier than 14k gold would. However, 18K gold is softer and will scratch easier than 14k gold will. As Platinum scratches, it will develop a patina-like appearance but does not lose the metal. But when gold is scratched, the gold is lost, and it looks like a scratch. Since some metals scratch easier than others, so be sure to consider lifestyle, as well as budget, before deciding how important the metal choice is in the final decision.
ABOUT WHITE METAL SETTINGS
White metals such as white gold provide an excellent backdrop for diamonds. By popularity, 14K white gold makes up 40% of online ring searches and 18K white gold, which makes up over 11% of the wedding and engagement ring searches. Platinum searches make up 10% of all searches which makes white metals over 60% of wedding ring searches online.