(Closed) 18k engagement ring scratches all over after 3 weeks

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Busy bee

All my rings are 18kt and I have worn them almost daily for years (Including when I wash the dishes). They scratch but not noticably at all, you have to look pretty close to see the scratches. I work in an office but also wear the rings when I do house renovations, and my rings looks nice and shiny. Maybe you should get it tested to see if it’s actually 18kt? Maybe it’s 24kt which is softer? 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Have you tried buff your ring with a polishing cloth? polishing clothes can remove light scratches 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I wore an 18k yellow gold set daily for 5 years and while it did develop a bit of a satin finish on the underside over time (a patina of sorts, which is something platinum gets), it did not look “scratched all over” by any means. I have also have another 18k yellow gold ring that I have had for about 1 1/2 weeks now and been wearing it almost 24/7 and while there are some little scratches on the shank if I look SUPER closely, they aren’t that noticeable even close and I know they will blend in eventually too.

14k is more resistant to scratching than 18k but one thing I don’t like about 14kis the scratches are MORE visible to me when they happen – they don’t get that soft satin look where they blend in, they look more distinguishable.

I would just wear it and enjoy it and not worry about it. Rings to me are meant to be worn, not kept pristine, and those little scratches show time. I love the lived and loved look of patina on my gold or platinum rings 🙂 You can always get them professionally polished if it bothers you (but I would not do it too often!). In between you can gently polish with a polishing cloth, but again, I would not do too often.

 

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1judejude:  Yeah, I sincerely doubt her ring is 24k…that is pure gold and not only a lot more $$$, but not generally used to set precious stones. I don’t think Blue Nile would “accidentally” give someone a 24k ring instead of 18k or 14k, and they don’t even offer it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Can we see a pic of the scratches? I have an 18k YG e-ring as well and I see itty bitty scratches, but they’re totally normal wear and tear and nothing noticeable.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

18k is soft and will scratch. Mine is 18k yellow gold, and yes its scratched on the underside of the band but I never notice it really. Sign of a well worn, well loved piece of jewelry.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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annebee:  I’ve had my 18k ring for two weeks and if I look closely there are teeny scratches on the underside. Also a tiny ding on one prong from when I scraped it against something. Most if the band has engravings and stuff, so if there are scratches there they don’t show. I’m a klutz so I told my Fiance I would need something with low-set prongs, but it didn’t occur to me to tell him he might want to get something under 14k, since I figured he’d pick a more frugal option anyhow. I was flattered but worried when I saw the 18k, but I did some research and thinking and I concur with PP’s – rings are meant to be worn and loved, and there are people who have had 18k rings for decades and they’re fine. If we’re not doing construction work or something I think our rings will hold up just fine. 😉

(Also, I read something that seems to make sense – the lower the “k,” the harder it is but also the more brittle it is. So under a certain amount f pressure or impact it’s more likely for a prong to break or whatever, than 18k. Because 18k is softer, it would seem more likely to be able to go with the flow. This would seem to comport with what RayKay said, that when 14k does scratch, it’s more visible.) 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

It’s likely just normal wear and tear, nothing to be worried about. Precious metals develop a patina over time, especially platinum and higher-purity gold (such as 18k).

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Fine hair scratches are totally normal with everyday-wear metal. It happens and the first scratches hurt, but then it evens out. Don’t fret, try a polishing cloth. You can get it pro polished once a year max (but you lose a little metal every time, so not more).

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I wear both 18k and 24k. 24k is super soft and not recommended to set with diamonds. 18k will scratch but absolutely normal. Are you talking about hairline scratches like pp are saying? Definitely if you have a pic… I have lots of lil scratches as seen in pic. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

That’s strange, I don’t think scratches on 18kt jewellery should feel like sandpaper. Maybe take it to an independant jeweller for advice. I’ve worn my 18kt necklace, 18kt earrings, 18kt bangle, 18kt bracelet, 18kt anklet and three 18kt rings almost daily for a decade and have never had ‘sandpaper’ scratches on any of them

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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annebee:  Antique rings can be “harder” because they were often die struck or hand forged, too, rather than cast. I have both antique 18k die struck gold rings, and have had newer hand forged ones, and newer cast ones, and the first two are definitely a bit more resistant and “heavier” than the newer cast ones. BUT, the newer cast ones still did not scratch like “sandpaper” or so I could feel them! 

Hm, looking at your ring it almost looks like something was rubbing against it since it looks on the side, like a diamond girdle or something? Have you been trying on wedding bands with it or anything? They definitely should not feel rough or scratchy. I wonder if it is possibly a porosity issue. I would go back to the jeweler and have them look at it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Maybe you’ve been washing pots and pans with a metal or tough scourer and it scratched against your ring ? I find that’s the only time I could get bigger scratches 

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