(Closed) Scott Kay engagements rings

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nope, sorry…my e-ring is a Tacori, but my hubby has a Scott Kay wedding band.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t think you or anyone else is going to see any difference between an 18k band and your 19k ring. All white gold is almost always plated with rhodium, a member of the platinum family, to give it that lustrous shine. (To keep that look, you need to have your WG rings replated every so often). I really think you should look into whatever band your heart desires, regardless if it is 19k or not. Especially if you are going for a pave band to match the shank of your ring, you could get 14k gold and I still would doubt you’ll notice a difference in the metals. Scott Kay does make lovely pieces, but I’m sure you’re wanting other options to avoid paying the Scott Kay price again. 🙂 So no worries, you have options!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow that really surprises me! Can you find out what kind of alloy SK uses for their rings? 19k means it’s 19/24ths, or 79% gold (which is yellow, obv), and 21% “white” metals, which could be anything from nickel to palladium, or other metals. Palladium is hypoallergenic, but more expensive, and less shiny, which is why nickel is more common (even though, like I said, almost all white gold is plated in rhodium, which is nice and bright and shiny white). If you at least find a band that is a similar alloy, made of the same metals, then the minor difference in the percentage of gold should not be detectable.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I also have a 19k ring.  It is NOT the same as other white gold, despite what has been said above.  Most white gold is plated in rhodium, and you need to get it re-plated over time.  19k is a new alloy that allows you to avoid this issue.  Unfortunately, I had the same issue as you, with 19k only being available at limited places.  I got my band at the same store as my engagement ring (Spence Diamonds, it’s Canadian).  It’s a really expensive metal, but it holds up better than other gold and is so white it basically looks like platinum.  So I guess we lucked out in the long run!

I’d avoid getting a ring in a different metal if you are planning on wearing them on the same hand; the jeweller told me that one will bang up the other (so your e-ring will get dinged), and like you said they’ll look different.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I never said it was the same. I would advise you to be aware of the marketing efforts of Scott Kay as well as other (mostly Canadian where they first started to brand 19k) jewelers pushing this “new” and different metal. (To their credit, it’s a pretty smart way to make consumers come back to them exclusively to get a matching band!) After researching further, I was still unable to determine what other “proprietary metals” most 19k is alloyed with. Sometimes palladium white gold is not plated as it can stay whiter better than a nickel alloy can. So, this would lead me to believe that your 19k is a palladium white gold, however, when I was looking it up, I only saw accounts of nickel 19k.

So again, I say, find out what’s in that ring of yours (likely it’s an alloy of either nickel or palladium), and then make sure whatever band you get has the same. You’ll have one ring thats 79% gold, and one thats 75%.

Regarding the different metal rings damage issue: You definitely don’t want to stack a platinum band with a gold one, but two white gold alloys are generally similar enough in hardness for there to not be a danger of scratching or damage. Again, this all depends on what metals each gold ring is alloyed with, and how much.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i have a scott kay engagement ring M1107RD15. i thought the matching wedding band’s diamonds were too small so i went to a boutique, the diamond connection, in san diego and had an eternity ring custom made for me. i requested a 19kt metal and because they were alchemists? they were able to do it. they said that your engagement ring metal should match your wedding band because you want the colors to match though i couldnt really tell the differnce between white gold and metal. i made sure that the alloy mix was only of palladium and white gold….NO NICKEL. same mix scott kay does.

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