Platinum setting

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@WeddingPea:  I have a platinum set because it will never need to be rhodium plated.  My skin turns white gold yellow quickly.  I also like the heft of platinum.  It’s really a personal preference.  If I was to get white gold, I would buy it unplated.  the wearing of rhodium is annoying to me.  

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@WeddingPea:  It’s an allergies thing for me. However, that being said, platinum does not need to be replated/dipped and wears well long term. Platinum due to the weight and metal properties is often viewed as the forever metal because it retains its shape, requires little maintenance, and is very durable. 

 

As far as white gold goes, it is shinier. It will need to be dipped to retain its white colour, and is lighter and much more economical than platinum. I think the choice between metals really depends on your willingness to do maintenance, allergies, and how much you can spend at the outset.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Platinum will never look yellow — white gold yellows after the rhodium plating wears off and has to be redipped.

Platinum will never wear down and lose metal over time like white gold does.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@WeddingPea:  Its really up to your personal preference. When FI asked me if I wanted platinum I told him that if its in your budget, yes because I don’t want to worry about have to redip if I got white gold. We are both getting platinum wedding bands to match 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Each have their own benefits and tradeoffs, I guess its more important to choose which one is good for you

Look

The common white gold alloys actually are yellow tinted, and they are dipped in rhodium which gives it a shiny white coat. This coating does wear off, the time it takes depends on how your own body chemistry reacts to it, and exposes the yellow tint. You’ll need to get it redipped in rhodium at a jewelers if you like the white look, with costs being between free to $100ish dollars, depending on where you go (I’d personally never pay more than $40). There are alloys like gold/palladium that are inherently white, but are uncommon and you may need to special order it. Platinum solves this because it’s naturally white, so no dipping required

Scratch Resistance / Wear over time

WG is harder to scratch than platinum. However, when WG is scratched or buffed by a jeweler, a bit of the gold actually comes off the ring. Sometimes if you look at old gold rings, the shank will be relatively thin. That’s from all the knocks/dings from normal wear and tear. It’s a relatively common process for a jeweler to re-shank a ring, that is to add gold so it looks ‘complete’ again. Platinum is softer, so it’s easier to scratch, but it loses none or a negligible amount of metal (the metal displaces as opposed to chipping off like WG). A 50g platinum ring will weigh 50g after 30 years of wear, a good heirloom trait. Over time, the buildup of small scratches will cause a patina (google search for examples), which not everyone likes. A jeweler can polish it back to new though, and negligible metal will be lost.

Reactivity

WG alloy commonly uses nickel, which many have an allergic reaction to. Platinum is considered to be hypoallergenic.

WG can be harmed by more substances, like ammonia and chlorine, while platinum is safe. Think of all the times you’ve used substances like Windex

Prong Security

When there’s a force of impact on a prong, WG prongs are more prone to snapping (think of it as because it’s harder, it’s more brittle), which may result in your stone falling out. Platinum prongs will bend with the force, having a greater chance of holding your stone in place. It’s the preferred metal for prongs. You’ll sometimes even see WG rings with a platinum head

Cost of maintenance

WG: Possibly frequent rhodium dippings, reshanking
Platinum: Polishing if you don’t like the patina look 

Why such the huge price difference?

Platinum is rarer, only a fraction is mined compared with gold. It’s much heavier (prices are by weight). Rings use 90-95% (by weight…an important distinction) pure platinum, compared to 58% gold in 14k and 75% gold in 18k. Societal views, all the luxury brands use platinum.

FWIW, my SO doesn’t like the hassle of maintenance, so the platinum premium was worth it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My rings are platinum and I love that they will look the same forever and never need to be redipped.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I like the ‘pureness’ of platinum so-to-speak.

I like the heft.

I like never having to re-plate. Although it may need re-polishing for some people based on preference, but always stays white.

Fear of developing an allergy to nickel down the road and not being able to wear my e-ring (this happened to someone I know).

So, for all those things, yes, it was worth it to me.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

For me, I’m not sure there are any practical reasons why I wanted platinum, I just did! I like the idea that it’s sturdier than gold. I also like that it’s heavy. The two metals really look very different, especially once platinum is no longer new. It is much less shiny than white gold. 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m allergic to nickel, so I didn’t have much choice. That being said, I love my platinum rings. They don’t need to be redipped, don’t yellow, and I actually like the soft patina it gets after a while.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@WeddingPea:  platinum is more durable and will retain its color.

if you weigh a white gold ring and a platinum ring today, then weigh both of them again in 10 years.  the platinum ring will still weigh the same while the white gold ring will be less.

the white gold ring has to be redipped all the time.

my ering and wedding band are platinum.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am very sensitive to different metals, especially with earrings. I hadn’t really thought one way or another about platinum for my ring but FI went with it because he was concerned I would have issues with white gold considering that I wear my ring 99% of the time.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The one negative about platinum is that it scratches easier than gold. Some people like this and the “patina” the scratches produce with the platinum. If you don’t like it, it’s really easy to get the scratches polished out so the metal is shiny again. My jeweler polishes and cleans my ring for free in about 10 minutes (and I didn’t even buy the ring there, they’re amazing).

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

There are different wg alloys, but most comments seem to be focussed on nickel alloys that are rhodium plated, which is the most common type. A palladium wg alloy is white and does not to be replated, and will not get the natural patina of platinum. 

If you’re getting a solitaire or a setting with lots of smooth metal visible, then palladium white gold is your best bet. However, if your setting is intricate and has milgrain/filigree or lots of pave with little smooth shiny metal, then platinum is perfect.

I originally wanted platinum, but spending time on Pricescope and asking questions there led me to palladium white gold alloys. I knew my setting would have a mirror smooth ceiling, and the platinum patina would drive me nuts in just a few months. I was steered away from palladium because so few jewellers would work with it.

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