Broke My Ring/ Gold vs. Platinum/ Advise Needed!!!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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164 posts
Blushing bee

Actually, both girls you spoke to regarding platinum vs white gold were right. Platinum is ‘softer’ than white gold, easier to scratch and will bend upon force of impact. White gold is a harder alloy, which means better scratch resistance. But this also means that the prongs are prone to snapping off, instead of bending. Platinum is the preferred choice for prongs because of this (it’s better for the prongs to bend and hold your stone vs snapping and losing your stone). While I’m sure you can find a jeweler who will make you a WG head, its far more common for even a WG ring to have a platinum head.

WG is alloyed with different metals to make it stronger (nickle is common). It’s easy to see that the greater amount of the stronger metal you have, the stronger the alloy as a whole will be.

Its a common notion that if you pay more for something, it must be better. But in comparing WG vs Platinum, both have their tradeoffs. 

Post # 5
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164 posts
Blushing bee

@ChellFish22:  It’s hard to say which happens more, even jewelers themselves can only offer anecdotal evidence from what they’ve experienced. I’m tempted to say that platinum prongs becoming loose are more common, but a loose prong is 1000x more preferred than having a prong snap off and losing the stone itself. You’ll get many people that have both metals saying they haven’t had a problem.

A lot of it comes down to how hard you are on your ring. It doesn’t even have to be a noticable bump on something that can damage either WG or Platinum prongs.

The most secure setting is a full bezel setting, where there are no prongs and the diamond girdle is completely  encased. But because it’s surrounded by metal, less light is allowed to enter the diamond and may sparkle differently than yours. A halo setting would be more secure for the centre stone, but pave sidestones have a notorious reputation for falling out. There’s just more to go wrong with a halo.

For the record, I’m not knocking either setting style. It’s completely up to personal taste, but there are tradeoffs for each one.

 

Post # 6
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1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ChellFish22:  you may need to get your platinum ring repolished more frequently (or even get the prongs re-set if you beat it to death and it bends,) but you will DEF need to get your white-gold re-dipped at least a few times. I’d opt with platinum on the off chance that it needs polishing over breaking a prong and replacing a stone.

Post # 8
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164 posts
Blushing bee

@ChellFish22:  As for what you should do, I wouldn’t overreact by resetting the ring in WG, especially over what 3 sales associates said. I’d trust them to fix the platinum prong, and then go on with your daily life, but take a few precautions. Instead of getting an inspection every 6 months, maybe bring it in every 3 months, monthly…whatever makes you reassured. See if this happens again, and if so, then consider other options.

I do hope the ring, or at least the centre stone, is insured. I don’t say that because of your situation, or because it has platinum prongs, rather it’s just a good thing to have insured regardless.

Post # 9
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164 posts
Blushing bee

@ChellFish22:  I can imagine the frustration, sometimes these things just happen. I do a lot of biking, and I can ride the roughest trails without a single flat, but when I’m on a newly paved road it happens. With rings, I believe there’s a risk even if it snags against clothing (a reason why sleeping with rings is a big no-no). Good luck though! It sounds like you take good care of it, and hopefully this was just a fluke.

Post # 11
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528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ChellFish22:  For trustworthy advice, it’s probably better to steer clear of Kay and Jared altogether (they’re owned by the same company, btw). I’m not a jeweler, but I did work for a wholesale jeweler for several years. Based on what the girls at Kay/Jared are telling you it is clear that none of them have any idea what they’re talking about. I don’t know that platinum is softer than gold, per se, but it does scratch more easily. It is possible to bend both metals, but I don’t know about breaking. That’s a new one to me. I would find a reputable local jeweler and ask them about what to do. Their staff is usually better trained (ie: they know what they’re talking about) and they’ll be able to give you a straight answer. Don’t go to the mall.

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