Post # 1
I need some help deciding on what type of white metal I should go for with my custom ring!
I’ve lurked around some threads already but I’m hoping to get some input specifically about rings with less metal visible.
There won’t be much metal showing on the top of my ring so I’m more concerned about the durability. The middle stone will be a 9x6mm oval set with 4 prongs, and I understand that the prongs are more likely to bend if it’s made from platinum but more likely to snap if it’s made from white gold. And that white gold would need to be “re-tipped” (I think that’s the word?) It’s such a big stone held by so little metal!
I’m pretty clumsy usually, no hard falls, but I bump my watch and other rings on things all the time. Initially I was leaning towards platinum but now, looking at how little metal is visible, I’m not sure anymore. The rhodium wearing off and the patina are both less of an issue, I’m guessing?
The price difference with Starsgem is about $200, and I’m willing to pay that for the platinum if that’s what I decide.
My ring is based on the below pics:
Post # 2
vc329 : 10k is stronger. Alot of mens rings are 10K for that reason. But yes you will need to have white gold replated with rhodium occassionally or you will see the slight yellowness. It brings it back to brand new. Hope that helps!
Post # 3
The term is “re-dipped”! Hope that helps. Re tipped is usually referring to adding some gold or plat to prongs.
I think that most platinum rings are not rhodium dipped. Platinum apparently takes on its own patina, that some like and some don’t. So you won’t have to have a plat ring “re-dipped”, same as rose gold and yellow gold. Only white gold needs rhodium dipped to create that shiny silvery appearance. You can purchase non-rhodium plated white gold, but it looks very different to rhodium dipped. Much of the yellow in the raw white gold shows so it’s a different look.
Post # 4
Palladium 18kt white gold doesn’t need redipping. It’s used in fine jewelry (Tiffany, Cartier, VC&A) and pricier settings like Tacori and SimonG.
Post # 5
If you’re looking for durability, I’d go platinum. I may be biased since I have a platinum ring, but my understanding is that platinum prongs are the most durable even though it’s a “soft” metal – in addition to the color, that’s why you’ll see a lot of rings with platinum prongs and a gold band. Platinum is less brittle than gold alloys, so it’s more likely to bend than break – which makes it more secure for prongs. (With any ring, you should have prongs checked periodically, though.)
My second choice would be 14k.10k is harder than 14k, but not stronger — it’s harder to scratch, but that also means more brittle. Typically with metals/stones, there is “hardness” and there is “brittleness” — e.g. a diamond is hard to scratch, but very brittle, whereas “softer” stones are easy to scratch but would fare better upon direct impact.
Post # 6
Ok so first of all, both white gold and platinum will require maintenance to continue looking shiny and new.
White gold will need to be redipped every one in a while as the rhodium plating wears off. It will wear off gradually, especially around where it touches your skin. I’ve heard anywhere between 6 months to 3 years. It depends on how your body chemistry interests with it (some people’s bodies wears it down faster than others) and it also depends on how much the slight yellow tint bothers you.
Here is a picture of a pure white gold ring that’s never been dipped (left) compared to a cheap ring I bought on Amazon (says it was dipped but more likely it’s cheap silver. Either way it’s a good bright white comparison).
And here is the un-dipped white gold ring on its own, not right next to the bright white.
I’m showing you both just to show that the yellow tint is not that bad, you might even like it. I think it’s really pretty. And this is a ring that’s NEVER been rhodium plated, so the way your ring would look as it wears away won’t even be this much. You’ll just see it start to peek through and when it starts to bother you, go get it dipped.
Platinum starts to show patina and scratches more quickly than white gold loses its rhodium plating. Platinum needs to be polished to restore the shiny white look. The frequency again depends on your opinion. Some people love the platinum patina so they only get it polished for special occasions.
I chose white gold because I like the way it looks better than platinum as it wears and I’m not someone who wants to be dealing with frequent maintenance so it’s important that I like how it looks when it’s not freshly dipped/polished. I don’t really like the way platinum looks with a patina, it looks dark and dull to me, whereas white gold stasy bright and shiny just with a yellow tint. If you don’t care about looks, get platinum because it will last longer.
Post # 7
For a $200 difference I’d absolutely do the platinum.
Post # 8
I think the other bees gave you great advice, I’m just here to say that we have very similar rings!! And I absolutely love mine! And you’re right, the metal doesn’t really show that much at all from the top! It does from the sides though. (My metal is rose gold)
Post # 9
bctoquebec : Thanks for your input! Not tooooo keen on the prospect of having to replate, partly because I get lazy and partly because I move countries so often.
20sparklingyears : Thanks for helping with the right word! Ah yes, I was referring to the white gold when I mentioned rhodium plating.
sunburn : I’m checking with Starsgem what metals they use in their alloys! There’s also 18K gold + rhodium alloys out there too, aka Super White Gold, but I think that’s a long shot!
browneyedgirl24 : Great point about white gold bands with platinum prongs; I think it’s quite rare to have anyone go for a platinum band and white gold prongs.
frogplus : Thanks so much for the images! I can see it’s not really *that* yellow. Great points you brought up; I think since there’s not much metal showing at all, I should go for platinum for durability.
Sunshine024 : Beautiful ring!! I was soooo close to going with rose gold because my inspo pic made it look SO GOOD but I usually wear silver (still sometimes hesitate though!) Can I ask, what’s your ring size and how big are your marquise stones on the band?
Thanks everyone for all your input! I think I’m pretty much set on platinum now, since it was really only the prongs I was worried about!
Post # 10
vc329 : I am a size 7, but I am not sure what size the marquis are! Sorry!