Post # 1
Just thought I’d share here, because I could have saved myself a headache and $300 if I’d known this sooner.
This past week, my platinum band (on my engagement ring) snapped right at the head. I brought it in to my local jeweler (LOVE the guy; not where the ring was purchased 7 years ago) and, apparently, the ring was soldered together with white gold instead of platinum (much easier for the jeweler; WAY less secure; like topical glue as opposed to truly binding the metal pieces together). I opted to replace the entire head (the piece with prongs that holds the diamond) and have it resoldered correctly so this won’t happen again. Had I known, I would have made sure the original jeweler put it together correctly in the first place. If I had hit the ring just right, I could have easily lost the entire head and diamond.
Just wanted to pass this along!
Post # 3
OMGosh! Thank you for sharing!
Post # 4
Wow! I’m sorry this happened. Thanks for sharing.
Post # 5
Actually platinum is a softer metal than white gold, but that’s strange the two pieces were separate and not one whole piece. It’s most likely they did this because white gold is a stronger and harder metal.
Post # 6
@Mrs. Louboutin: Platinum may be a “softer” metal than white gold, but it is less likely to break off than white gold. They have different tensile strengths and platinum is less brittle, which makes platinum a safer setting in general.
@aliciareneephotography: I’m so sorry your ring broke! But it’s really lucky you noticed when it happened so you didn’t look down later and find a missing diamond with no idea where it went!
Post # 7
@mrsbeth: My e-ring and wedding band are platinum and I never knew that! I do know that one of the benefits of platinum is that since it is softer and it gets banged against something, it isn’t noticeable like a scratch on white gold – this must be the same thing. Learn something new everyday!