Platinum Advice

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Platinum tends to scratch easier than gold. You would have to take it to a jeweler to be professionally polished/buffed in order to get the scratches out.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

I’m not aware of any coating being on platinum rings. I have a platinum e-ring and I work with my hands, and while i have a few small scratches on it from banging against other metals, there certainly is not coating coming off. When I get it cleaned the scratches buff right out and it is like new again.

I would definitely be checking with the jeweller you bought this ring from, as it does not seem normal to have a platinum ring do this with no manual handling. A platinum ring should be about 95% platinum with one other white metal mixed in. The type of metal used can affect the strength of the ring, but good jewellers don’t use anything that would weaken the ring.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Gallaher Mansion, CT

My mom has a platinum ering and wedding band from her second marriage. Hers looks so worn and dull after 10+ years. I decided on white gold for mine because i was told it doesnt scratch as easy and can be dipped to look brand new. Not sure if that helps though

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

deee9:  If your mum took it to a jeweller and had it buffed it would look new again. Platinum does get a patina on it over time. Some love the look of the patina and keep it that way, others like the shiny look and get it buffed once in a while (like every 5-10 years) to shine it back up.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Where did you get your ring? Depending on the place, they may offer free buffing/polishing. I plan on getting mine buffed out every year since I like the shiny “like new” look.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Both my hubby and I went with platinum, as my skin eats through white gold very quickly. They do get scratches easily (my hubby unfortunatley got a HUGE scuff on the front of his ring shortly after we got married) but we were informed by our jeweller that the finish orignally put on the ring will be better than any subsequent finish. His band is brushed platinum as well and we won’t likely try to polish it. A friend of ours told us when he got his new platinum ring he was bothered by the scratches it got but as he kept wearing it, it develops into it’s own finish (ie. patina) and he really liked it. I’m no expert on the subject but it may be worth wearing it through the awkward starting-to-scratch phase and seeing how you like it once it’s a uniform finish on the band.

Tungsten is the only metal that shouldn’t show any wear if you want a second band that stays brand new looking with next to no maintenance.

This link has a small pic of different metals after one year of wear. Unfortunately, the platinum band is a poor shape and doesn’t show well. 

http://www.groomgroove.com/groomville/man_wedding_ring.php

Post # 7
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Worker bee

quicklikeninja:  I did a lot of research and learned more about platinum, white gold and palladium. I pick platinum always, that is my personal opinion. I tend to get clumsy and with platinum the metal will just “move” around. You can get it the way it used to look like whenever you like.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Sorry if I end up posting twice but my first post doesn’t show up on my screen. Anyways, my hubby also has a brushed platinum band which scratched really easily but our jeweller told us the original finish put on the band (just the way it’s finished ie. polished, brushed, etc. not a coating) is going to be better than anything done to it afterwards. That said, it may be worth wearing through the awkward starting-to-scratch phase and seeing what you think afterwards. A friend of ours told us he was really bothered by the scratches on his platinum band when it was new but as he wore the ring they developed into a new finish which he really liked.

Tungsten is your best bet if you want a ring to stay brand-new looking with basically no maintenance.

I found this before we bought our rings which shows different metals after a year of wear. The platinum is unfortunately a really poor shape for the demonstration.

 

Post # 13
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Newbee

quicklikeninja:  My advice would be to ride it out. I have a platinum engagement ring (it was a high polish to begin with), and the first few scratches freaked me out. However, eventually all the scratches turn into a nice matte finish (which from your choice of brushed finish may be something you wouldn’t mind). I like that my ring is still the platinum colour where scratches occur, while some of my friends who got white gold rings now have a yellowy finish showing through their scratches.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

To  newer your question, yes. While you may not realize it since we do everything with our hands wedding rings sustain a fair amount of damage with “normal” activities. Some of your scuffs look like they were metal on metal though (do you wear your ring when you go to the gym?) which can happen even when you handle bathroom faucets! When I was looking at metal finishings a jeweler told me that with time the shiny polished rings will end up looking brushed and an original brushed finish will look shiny. 

The first dings are the ones you’ll notice the most and in a few months to a year you can decide whether or not you want to polish/brush it again. We all remember having shiny new rings where you could almost see your reflection on them and some time later…you can’t. Also remember, when platinum and palladium are “damaged” the metal is actually displaced, not like with gold where the metal simply gets scratched. 

I once read a Bee here say that wedding rings are like marriages. They start out shiny and flawless and eventually have dings and scratches in them although they’re mostly structurally intact. It’s still a forever kind of thing. I liked that and it helped me cope with the “damage” and instead see it as “life happening”.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My platinum ring has scratches also.  It’s called a patina. The back of my ring has a lot of tiny scratches. It bugged me at first but now I don’t notice it really. Platinum doesn’t wear away like go, it distributes the metal when scratched. 

You can get the ring buffed out but my jeweler said she only recommends that this be done twice in a ring’s lifetime.  Granted, this is the only person I’ve heard this from but I’m not going to be buffing out my rings all the time.  Both my wedding and engagement rings are 95% platinum. 

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