Post # 1
I have a platinum solitaire engagement ring. My wedding is not too far off, so now I am reallllllllly thinking about wedding bands. One of my options is a channel set diamond band that my FI gave me for an anniversary. It is extremely special to me, and it is just beautiful. Plus, it looks as if it was made to be paired with my ring. The only problem is the ring is white gold and not platinum. I have heard that it is not OK to mix the two metals. I’m also not sure I would want to mix the two metals even if it was OK because that would mean one ring would yellow and the other wouldn’t (I’m pretty OCD). So this got me thinking….
….I wonder if I can take my diamond band to a jeweler and have them make a mold of the ring and cast it in platinum?!?!?! Do you think this is possible? Can the jeweler get it to look EXACTLY like the band I already have? I wouldn’t want any difference (height, width- I want it all the same).
This seems like it would be considered custom designed….would this be very expensive? I essentially would only have to pay for the platinum and the work- I will already have the diamonds that were originally in the band. About how much do you think that would roughly cost?
What do you think, Bees? Can a jeweler make an identical ring to the one I have for an affordable cost?
Please advise me!!!
Post # 3
I’m so glad things worked out for you! 🙂
I think if a jeweler was to make an identical replica for me, they would destroy the white gold channel band in the process of getting the diamonds out to put it into the platinum band. I heard it’s tricky working with channel set bands once the ring is made. So, if I do this, there’s no turning back, which is why I am looking to you Bees for some guidance!
Post # 4
(sorry this is a long post!) I’ve had some jewelers say don’t mix the metals, and others who say it’s fine to mix them. these jewelers were from reputable stores.
the explanation is this: when you scratch white gold, you are removing a microscopic sliver from it. that’s how it eventually wears down. when you scratch platinum, no metal is being removed. it’s like running your finger along a block of clay. the metal moves, but none falls off so the ring doesn’t wear down. but not one is necessarily harder than the other.
but seriously, I’ve heard so many different opinions on this it’s hard to know what to believe!
since your e-ring is platinum, I think it’s worth it to wear another platinum band next to it. down the line, they will develop a patina but they will always match. white gold will very slightly discolor and scratch. you would need to get it rhodium dipped and polished every now and then to keep it white, and then it would look super new- really different from your platinum band.
having the stones reset into platinum probably would be pretty expensive. but maybe it would cost less than buying a new diamond & platinum ring. it wouldn’t hurt to get a price quote!