Prong Question… Whats better.. white gold prong or platinum prong?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s preference.  Gold wears down, but can be easily re-tipped and re-dipped to be shiny again.  Platinum gets dull – but it doesn’t really wear off.  What it does is shatter or break off if you whack it hard enough, then you’ll have to get it re-done in white gold anyway, unless you cut off the whole head and re-cast it.

I opted for platinum, but it’s a personal choice. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Platinum is better for prongs. White gold is relatively brittle, so if it gets hit, the prongs are more likely to snap off and you’ll lose your stone. Platinum tends to bend with an impact, so it has a better chance of holding the stone. 

There’s a downside though, since it bends with a force, it may need a little more frequent prong tightening by a jeweler compared to white gold, but IMO the pros greatly outweigh the cons. 

You’ll sometimes see white gold rings that are made with platinum prongs for this reason

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Strictly durability speaking, platinum. White gold, any gold, is soft.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Platinum is actually softer than gold hence why it bends rather than snaps off. Gold (while a soft metal) being harder than plat is more brittle. Platinum is better in this regard.

Also gold is prone to eroding with age, where as platinum doesn’t erode when scratched rather the metal is displaced/pushed aside. This is what causes plat to look dull/patina but these scratches are easily polished out and there is no reduction in metal holding a precious stone.

i would definitely go with platinum prongs.

 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

You can get platinum buffed out to get rid of the “patina,” but with gold you need to physically replace the metal as it gets scratched over time (and like other posters said, it’s more brittle).  Platinum is better hands down.  Plus you don’t need to get it “re-dipped” like you do with white gold, and while you’ll probably want to get the platinum buffed you’ll need to do so much less often than you would need to re-dip the WG.  My rings will be platinum for these reasons (plus it’s more valuable and heavier).  

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Platinum is stronger for prongs. It does tarnish more quickly though.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

@Gabthebee:  Platinum does not tarnish. It gets a patina which can be polished out to mirror shiny, big difference. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I can see why your jeweler said that, but I still believe platinum is better. I consider white gold to be more of an ‘all or nothing’ type of prong. If hit, it’ll stay on the diamond…until it snaps off. Platinum will bend, but the prong will stay on the ring head. So looking at stone security, IMO a bent prong is better than no prong at all.

Here’s a few threads from Pricescope with a few appraisers/jewelers/diamond enthusiasts saying platinum is better, so you know I’m not just making this up Tongue Out (look for the ‘trade’ and ‘appraiser’ badges in the posts)

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/platinum-ring-with-white-gold-prongs-t177893.html

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/18k-white-gold-vs-platinum-t2953.html 

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/white-gold-vs-platinum-prongs-t2735.html

http://www.washingtondiamond.com/Platinum-vs-White-Gold

Post # 12
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Worker bee

@Love_That_Never_Ends:  I have come across one person I know with white gold prongs/ring  because their jeweller basically said the same as yours, that white gold is better.

I do think that professional opinions differ on stuff like this. 

From what I know about the two metals, platinum would definitely be my choice (if you can afford it).

 

Put it this way- Its unheard of to make platinum shank ring with gold or white gold prongs because they gold holds the stone better. However, it is very common for white/yellow/rose gold rings to have a platinum head/basket/prongs.

’nuff said.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Platinum. White gold is also a pain because it needs to be re-dipped to stay white.

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