Post # 1
my engagement ring is made of white gold and i’m wondering if for my wedding band (it’s just going to be that, a band) i should do platinum because i’m afraid of it getting scratched up bc i use my hands a lot (my engagement ring has a little scratchies on it but i’m sure they’d come out if i cleaned it).
does anyone know the diff besides platinum is stronger?
let me know! what would you do?
Post # 3
The scratches will not come out of your e-ring if you clean it – or even if you buff it. I know; mine is white gold too. You can, however, take it every six months or so back to the jeweler and have it re-plated. It is the rhodium plating that is scratching, and for $20 to $30 your jeweler will re-plate the ring and it will look as good as new. It doesn’t take long – if you find a jeweler that can do it on the premises you will be without it for less than a day. And you can have the prongs checked too.
Platinum is a harder metal, although I have read a couple of postings where bees have mentioned that their platinum rings also get scuffed looking if they do a lot with their hands.
Post # 4
platinum scratches just like gold. The diff is that when you scratch gold you actually lose a little gold (and plating in the case of white gold). Platinum just "moves" as you scratch it, so no mass it lost. Platinum can end up looking duller than white gold. And yes, you may need to re-plate it from time to time. I just re-plated my engagement ring after 3 years, so you may not need to do it all that often (min cost $15 to re-plate, FYI.)
I have my grandmother’s white gold engagement ring and it is still beautiful after almost ninety years, so I guess it depends on the quality of the plating.
Post # 5
Actually I paid $30 to have mine resized, replated, and ring bumps put on – so I guess it would be a lot less just to have it replated.
Post # 6
I’ve been wearing my platinum e-ring daily for almost two months. The bottom of it (towards the palm) is getting a brushed-like finish from wear and tear. Like others said, it can be polished back to a bright shine. Also, i work in a hospital and wash/use my hands a lot. Hopefully this helps!