(Closed) Worth it to pay more for Platinum?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Should I pay the extra money to get Platinum versus 18K?
    Get the Platinum, it will hold up better over time. : (71 votes)
    45 %
    Get the 18K, the center stone is more important. : (83 votes)
    53 %
    Dragonfly? Dragonfly? : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I would go for the larger stone and suck it up on the re-dipping. It’s not THAT big of a deal. Some jewelers can do a gold ring with platinum prongs for the security of the stone. Could that be an option?

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would go for the platinum.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’d go for white gold.

    Post # 6
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    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I personally don’t like the patina that platinum develops over time. Most women don’t have to have their rings redipped very often, and it’s really not that expensive.

    I’m surprised it’s that much more expensive. When we were ring shopping a few months ago, the sales lady at one of the jewelry stores told us that right now there wouldn’t be much of a price difference between white gold and platinum since the price of gold is so high right now.

    Post # 7
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    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    White gold!

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I like white gold better, because you can make it look new in a year, 20 years, 50 years ect. Once platnium gets scratched, it stays scratched. It only looks shiny and new for a very short time. And honestly, you should get insurance for if the stone gets loose, but I don’t think it is that likely to happen unless you are incredibly rough on your jewelery.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Do you want your rings to match your FI rings? If so, does he have an opinion of white gold vs. platinum?

    Post # 10
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    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    my ring is palladium and I LOVE it.  Never yellows like white gold, more affordable than platinium. 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Well, I do not like the patina of platinum. You may not either and would have to get it polished regularly anyway. Even if prices were the same I would rather have gold. Maybe you can get platinum prongs?

    Not all white gold needs plating to be white. Can you get a palladium white gold alloy or a Stuller  X1 White or Hoover & Strongs super white alloy? All are very white, lustrous, and never need plating at all. My old rings were unplated 18k palladium white gold with platinum prongs and a gorgeous lustrous grey-white, never yellow! Honestly I scrutinized them and looking at them normally they matched the platinum prongs.

     I would also rather put the money to the stone.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love my platinum ring. I’ve had it 7 months and it looks like new. I wack it against door frames and cabinets allll the time (on accident!) and it’s up to the challenge. 

    The price you were quoted is wayyyy too high. When FI bought my ring last fall I think he paid $900 (mines only 2.5 mm wide solitaire), but then the platinum market dropped and we got it for $700. 

    Maybe get the gold for now and upgrade the metal later? Upgrading metal is far easier than upgrading a stone. 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have 18k white gold and yea, it does need redipped every 6 months but it isn’t that big of a deal. Also, most gold settings have platinum prongs like mine so that it does secure the diamond better. Maybe you could ask for that?

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1993

    I’d get the platinum.

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would go for platinum. I did, I like the look and “heft” of it better. (It’s heavier than gold.) And also that it doesn’t lose metal if it’s scratched and scratched can be buffed out; where when gold gets scratched it actually loses the metal. The fact I don’t have to get it re-dipped was just icing on the cake.

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