shock – platinum does patina?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I know you can get it buffed out and it will very rarely need that (think once every several years), most of the women in my family have platinum rings and I only know one who ever had it buffed-out (but she’s a rock climber and it needed it anyway).  My aunt has one from the 20’s that has never needed it.  It’s nothing like white gold, where you need it re-dipped at least once a year (in most cases).  

Post # 4
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I heard too and make me worried abit.  When I told my co-worker I got a platinum wedding band, she said good luck to me. Apparently, she know a couple had to change back to 18k gold cuz’ it patina.  

Then I did excessive research on internet, some say it can patina because of the quality of the platinum?? Apparently there is different grading for platinum…I asked my friend who worked in the industry for his whole life.. he said platinum is most durable and reason why it cost more …. is white gold tend to patina and platinum dun…. 



Post # 5
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

yes, it does.  I would have a picture of mine, but at the moment I lost my wedding band 🙁 anyway, platinum is actually a soft metal….it will show light scratches right away, but that’s what a lot of people like about platinum. It can be buffed out at your local jewelers back to it’s high shine.  

Post # 6
4395 posts
Honey bee

Platinum patinas, as in, the shine on it softens. It’s not shiny like white gold. It’s actually what I like about it. And yes, it is more durable than gold.

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Yes, it absolutely does.  It turns a darker, duller grey.  I personally love it, but a polishing cloth will keep it away.

Post # 8
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I had a sales lady at Helzberg diamonds actually push me towards white gold instead of platinum because of the patina! I was so surprised because platinum is more expensive. 

Post # 9
5483 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

It does, and it certainly doesn’t take years. I’ve only worn my wedding band fir two months and its not shiny on the back anymore 🙁 Id like to get it buffed out or try to do it myself…..that said I still prefer it to the redipping issue.

Post # 10
2893 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I personally prefer the patina, but yeah. it does. I dropped my ring on the sidewalk and the diamonds were fine, the metal was not. If it were gold, which is softer, I shudder to think how much damage I would have caused. 

Palladium is a metal similar to platinum… I wish we had gotten that instead. 

Post # 11
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Platinum develops a patina because it is softer that gold.  Because of its relative softness, platinum develops small scratches as the metal molds around stuff that is abrasive.

Gold is actually harder than platinum.  The hardness makes it more prone to being worn off instead of scratched, so gold rings lose more metal over time (vs. the metal being displaced with platinum).  Gold is also more brittle and more likely to snap, which is why some people prefer to have softer platinum prongs, which are more likely to bend and keep a hold on the stone.


Post # 12
3579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Patina in the case of platinum just involves teeny scratches. So the metal really doesn’t change colour; it just doesn’t remain shiny. There really isn’t anything to “clean off” because there is no tarnishing or colour on the metal. It can be professionally polished to remove the scratches, although the scratches would come back almost immediately. Platinum can be rhodium plated, though.

IMO, a lot of white gold actually patinas in the sense that it changes colour (at least it does on me) when the rhodium plating wears off. Certain types of white gold don’t change colour very much, depending on what they are alloyed with, but most metals don’t retain a mirror-like shine forever no matter what they are. The tiny scratches or patina can happen faster with platinum, but it will happen over time with yellow gold and white gold will eventually lose its rhodium plating and its high shine, too.

Post # 13
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve had my ring for 2 years and it doesn’t look patina’d to me at all, but my ring has a lot of side stones. If you have a lot of flat areas of metal (like a men’s band, for example) I think the scratches would be more noticable.

Post # 14
1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@chica95110:  Because of the patina issue, I went with white gold- I like my ring shiny! You can get the patina on platinum buffered out professionally- I don’t think there is a home remedy. With white gold, the color can change, so people get them re-dipped in rhodium and super shiny. At our jeweler, I have lifetime unlimited dips and the jeweler cleans and dips my ring whenever I happen to go in (though it only needs it every year or 2)- it takes 2 minutes. Buffing our patina on platinum would take more time and money- no thanks! My jeweler also urged us to go the white gold route and said just because something is more expensive, doesn’t mean it is better.  There are pros and cons for both- it’s just a matter of preference.

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Post # 15
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@HeartsandSparkles:  it really shouldn’t cost you more to have a ring buffed than dipped in rodium. It doesn’t take long either. Mine is covered under warranty and I usually just drop it off, go get lunch and come back (although I doubt it even takes that long).

I suppose you could argue that you can dip platinum in rhodium if you really wanted to as well.

Post # 16
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

 @bitsybee:  platinum is actually softer than gold, which is why gold remains shiny and platinum patinas.

@chica95110:  the patina is just a taste thing. Some people really like the greyish cool platinum, and some people like shiny smoothness of gold. My body chemistry would require my white gold rings to be redipped often, but my e-ring is 18k white gold with a palladium alloy that keeps it white looking. This was the best solution for me. I was thinking of getting platinum, but the dark grey patina (which is just an accumulation of little scratches) turned me off. My mom has a platinum and diamond tennis bracelet, and the dullness of the metal actually looks lovely against the stones.

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