Upgrading from 18ct White Gold to Platinum

Upgrading from white gold to platinum

How can I upgrade from 18ct Gold to Platinum?

This is not something you should feel necessary to do. 18ct Gold is a beautiful metal, and remains very popular for engagement rings and wedding rings.

Reasons for upgrading 18ct White Gold to Platinum.

Why then, would someone want to upgrade from 18ct Gold to Platinum?  This is usually down to an observation over time. The inconsistent colour between the body of the metal and the Rhodium plating applied to the finished item, especially noted in 18ct White Gold rings.

18ct White Gold and Rhodium Plating

Once polished, 18ct White Gold tends to appear naturally tinted or off-white because of the 75 percent gold content. The final stage of finishing involves white gold jewellery being Rhodium Plated. Rhodium is a very hard, ultra-white metal, in the same family as the Platinum group. It’s added by electrolysis once the ring has been polished to the surface to provide the regular white finish we associate with 18ct White Gold.  Many people incorrectly attribute the colour change to the actual metal tarnishing, which is a common misconception. The wear is usually most evident where the ring comes into contact with every day items over time.  The consistent natural white colour of Platinum, makes it a very popular choice for diamond rings, on account of other factors too.

Benefits of Platinum

Positive characteristics of Platinum include natural whiteness (no Rhodium), and the ability to be refurbished. Re-polishing restores the mirror like surface of the brand new ring. There is also the intrinsic value, hypoallergenic properties, and overall rarity. A further and lesser consideration is the luxurious feel from being a third heavier than 18ct Gold.

How to upgrade to Platinum

A follow up question we are usually asked is how can someone can upgrade to Platinum?  The first approach is to re-make an existing ring design, basing it on the same style, but in Platinum. By incorporating the cost of the metal from the existing ring, we can reduce the cost of the new ring. We provide the current scrap metal price for the ring mount as a fair and simple way to lower the overall cost.  Alternatively, some clients seize the opportunity to change their design altogether. This can be limited by the shape of the existing diamond, if diamonds from the current ring are being incorporated in the new design.

Refurbishment costs for 18ct White Gold and Platinum Jewellery

The cost to re-finish 18ct White Gold should be relatively inexpensive, on a par with having a Platinum ring cleaned and re-polished, to restore the mirror like finish. For this reason, keeping your existing 18ct White Gold jewellery and arranging for it to be re-finished will be less costly and an option well worth considering instead.  For further information on this service, please just contact us through the website or get in touch directly by email.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.