help! gold or platinum custom ring

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: 14kt white gold or pt900 platinum
    14kt white gold : (4 votes)
    25 %
    pt900 : (12 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    If you are rough on your hands, do not get platinum. It is the softest of the metals and not only will it scratch easy, but it’ll bend too. I recommend you go for the gold. 

    Post # 5
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    1622 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

    I have had both platinum and white gold and I’m happier with white gold. I have a very hands on job and I damaged my platinum ring so many times ( ring from ex), to the point that the setting had to be remade. This time I went for 14kt white gold thinking we’d upgrade later but I haven’t had a single problem or concern with it. Platinum is stronger but more bendable, as I understand. I know platinum is very popular but for me it just didn’t fit my lifestyle and caused me numerous headaches.

    Post # 6
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    533 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’ve also had both platinum and white gold rings – the platinum was much softer – I scratched it more and had more trouble with the prongs bending when I’d accidentally whack it.  My current 14k white gold setting has much more delicate prongs and is pave, and in a year I’ve never had a single issue with it.  Platinum is beautiful, to be sure, but for me – I’m hard on my hands AND a bit clutzy, and I’ll be going with 14k for all my rings from here on out.

    Post # 7
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    764 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Jonesishere:  Everyone obviously has their own opinion with their own experience. So here is my experience. Having been in the jewelry business my entire life, and my dad a Master Bench jeweler for 40 years we would both suggest platinum. Here is why. Platinum is softer then gold but because of this softness, it is less likely for you to loose stone if your are hard on your jewelry. Platinum is displaced instead of lost. Gold chips off. There have been many many many gold rings come in with missing center stones because the wearer knocked the prong off. If the ring were platinum the prong would have just moved or squished. The stone would not have been lost. 

    Now that is not to say that a platinum prong could not be knocked off, but it would take a lot. By a lot I mean that the prong would have to be compromised constantly. For instance, a girl had a platinum head on her ring that was set high. She would hit the head of the ring and it would bend. She would on her own bend the head back to where it needed to be. She kept hitting the head and doing this over and over again. Eventually the head of the ring fell off. The metal was bent back and forth way too much. So of course we just made a lower setting, and now there are no more problems. 

    As far as scratching goes, platinum does scratch easier, but you are never loosing any of your platinum. When gold is scratched that gold is gone. Same reason why you do not want your rings polished too often, or too hard, because you are losing your gold. Platinum is just displaced not lost. 

    If you want a ring that can be passed along in your family, and last. Get Platinum. Even though it will look scratched it can always be polished, and you wont end up having to have the shank rebuilt because the gold has worn down throught the years. 

    Post # 8
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    290 posts
    Helper bee

    MrsPiggles:  I was always told the exact opposite. That gold is the most soft and will bend and break, and platinum is the hardest and most durable….

    Post # 9
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    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    StoriaCrissosa:  When my FI started designing his band they recommended white gold over platinum. He is a business owner and works with his hands a lot. He also put diamonds in the band and they said he wouldn’t be able to wear his ring to work if he wanted it to last forever. They said it scratches easy and bends which would compromise the setting of the diamonds. 

    Idk. 

    Post # 10
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    380 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

    katy13:  This is exactly what our jeweller told us, and everything I have read backs it up.

    I work with my hands and have a platinum ering. We will be both getting platinum wedding bands also as FI works with his hands too.

    Yes, I have some scrathes, but I like knowing that my stones are secure, and that it will buff back to gorgeous any time.

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