Post # 1
This is my first post on here; I am preparing to purchase a ring for my wonderful girlfriend/ mother of my beautiful baby boy :). I have the ring picked out (hopefully she likes it!) but I am debating heavily on the type of metal I want to use. I would like to go with either 19k white gold or platinum. The price difference doesnt matter to me and I know most of the facts on the two metals from searching around on the internet + what the jewellers have told me. Here is what I am wondering:
1. Do you lose any metal when buffing platinum? Because I was told you do by the jeweller, the I read online that you dont.
2. Is platinum harder than 19k WG? I know that platinum scratches more easily, but is the ring itself more sturdy? What I am thinking about here is the strength of the prongs that hold the stones in place (I assume they would be platinum too, but I could be wrong) would they be less likely to break if the ring is platinum over 19k WG? Also related to that, my ring will have sections that are thinner between the side stones, so if one metal is harder to break than the other in that, that would be helpful. It is just kind of confusing because I assume if platinum scratches more easily, then it should be easier to break, but I kind of think that is not the case from what I have read.
3. Just in general can some people comment on personal experience of the two metals for a ring? If you have both kinds or just one, I would love to hear a bit about youre likes and dislikes of the metals :D.
Thanks to everyone that response! This is a bit stressful to me and I am running out of time as I want to propose in 2 weeks :S, I just want everything to be perfect for her!
Post # 3
I would go with platinum I have never tried it personally but platinum is stronger you have less to worry about as far as stones coming loose and it is also less maintenance because you don’t have to consider re-diping if the pale yellow of the gold wears through some people don’t mind or don’t even notice so that is all preference and in general I feel like all high end Jewelers use platinum there it is considered with higher standards than gold …. If the money isn’t an option I say go for platinum
Post # 4
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1. No, you don’t lose metal when polishing platinum. The metal is just “displaced” and you are just “pushing” it back into place.
2. Yes and no. Platinum is less maleable than gold, and it is also harder than gold. But a white gold with rhodium plating is “harder” in that the rhodium itself will not scratch as easily. Depending on her skin chemistry, the rhodium tends to wear away and you will need it re-dipped. Gold also wears away with time – many antique/estate rings’ bands are paper-thin because it got worn away over the years.
If you are specifically concerned with the prongs, then platinum is your best bet. You don’t really need to worry about breaking a prong, since it is metal, but you might worry about bending one (maleablility). Depending on the ring design, you could get a WG band with platinum prongs. Many rings come as bands with separate heads that the jeweler puts together.
So, broken down, which is better in terms of:
Scratches: WG w/rhodium
Lost stones: Platinum
Price: I’m not sure on this one, 19K is pretty pure so it will cost more than your average 14k. They might be very similar in price.
My vote is for platinum, if it’s within budget.
Post # 5
I am going with platinum because it more durable. White gold gets dull and can get ruined more easily. that’s what i know and so i have a platinum engagement and will get wedding bands in platinum too.
Post # 6
i have a wg ering ring and a platinum anniversary ring and i would like to change my ering to platinum when i can. i love the weight of the platinum and how sturdy it feels. and also the slightly darker hue than the rhodium plated white gold.
Post # 7
With respect to the white gold and the density, from what I understand 19k white gold does not contain Rhodium to make it harder or white. I am still curious about the strength of that compared to platinum. It seems that compared to a lower grade of gold, the gold is stronger based on what aggie2010 said. Is anyone more familiar with 19k super white gold in particular? Basically I would like to know if (lets say) i took a hammer and tried to smash a thin piece of 19k gold and a thin piece of platinum, which would be easier to break?
I do like the idea of the heavier weight though, im starting to lean more towards platinum I think…. I do not want to lose any stones either and it does worry me a bit because of the design of my ring. I am more worried about the ring breaking, like the band part of the ring, since there will be some thinner sections in between the accent stones on the band. Anyone have any comments on what I mention above? thanks for the advice everyone!
Post # 8
19k white gold will be softer. The lower the gold content, the stronger the ring, and 19k is a pretty high gold content. Platinum is definitely stronger. I went with platinum because my setting is rather dainty and delicate, and I wanted the stronger metal. Platinum DOES scratch easily, I’ve only had my ring 3 months and the bottom already is scuffed up, but the integrity of the ring is fine. Whichever metal you choose, I’d take the setting itself into account. For example, if you’re going with something delicate and pave, I’d go with platinum. If you’re going with a sturdy solitaire, you’ll probably be good with either metal. Regardless of what you choose, I’d do platinum prongs.
Post # 9
You got me when you said 19k super white gold…. so I googled it. You might find this forum on pricescope helpful. This was the comment I found most helpful:
The more pure you go in gold, the yellower and softer it will become. It’s the alloy mixtures that give gold its whitish tint. The higher you go in the purity scale the less alloy you can mix hence the more yellow it will become.
If you’re looking for durability and a pure white color Platinum is the way to go.
Post # 10
Yea 19k white gold is going to be yellower than 14k white gold is .. They are all plated in rhodium( unlessrequested otherwise) so I think your karat weights are confused … You could go with 10k white gold and it would be closer to white metal and platinum is white on it’s own without being an allow .. Gold leaf traditionaly is 24k pure gold (yellow) and is hammered (by hand tradionally) to 100ths ( or 1000ths I forget ) of a mm because of how soft it is.. So 19k will still be relatively soft even though it is an allow making it stronger …. Also a nother thisinger insider is the stronger something is the more brittle it is ( think shatter vs. bending) which is the case with alternative materials like ceramic and tungsten carbide… They are much much more derable but as the same time they will shatter instead of bend …. So it’s easier to fix something that’s bent instead of something that shatters into pieces, but just like a soda can tab once you bend it and bend it back so many times it eventually breaks…. So there’s the difference ( im not saying platinum will shatter its still maluable but just explaining how stronger materials react under stress)
In the end jewelry is ment to be warn, always buy the warrenty they usually are lifetime … People go 20 years without having any issues but if there is something maintence that is required at some point your colovered ( most issues are fixable and if not you get a whole new ring ) … Platinum is always the “better” choice it’s more durable and it’s a natural white metal that is not an alloy which makes it more reliable and it is stronger (jewlers often use platinum prongs to ensure a sturdy setting but use gold for the rest of the ring to keep costs down) if you can afford a platinum ring that’s what you should get
Sorry for all my typos !! This iPhone stinks with auto correct
Post # 11
Oh super, well i that settles it, im doing the platinum over 19k white gold. That seems to be the consensus on here! I think I have a better understanding of how the white gold works now and its durabilty.
I am going to go with platinum because it is safer for the stones, the weight and the color, also because it does not lose any metal (or VERY little) when polished. I also like the fact that it bends and doesn’t shatter, because that is a worry of my since it is going to be a dainty ring. No worries about the spelling errors, I was actually wondering like “oh man this person cant spell!” and then you explained and it makes so much sense because I am a fellow iphone user, after a while you just dont want to correct them all and re correct the auto corrects, etc, etc, haha.
Thank you all for your help, I was struggling to make the decision, as it is a big one, typically I think that metal will be on her finger for the next … well, hopefully forever, so I wanted to make sure I picked the right one! This is probably my frist time posting on a msg board and its been a great experience! I will definitely do it again for next time im stumped haha.
Post # 12
@dprendy99: I am answering this rather late in the game but wanted to comment on 19K gold rings. Both my wedding band and engagement ring are made of 19K. I had the stone reset in 19K because the 18K band on the ering was yellowing. I have other 18K rings in white gold and I turn all of them yellow – and rather quickly. I must have a high acidic level in my system.
My 19K rings have maintained their white/shiny appearance and I have not been happier. They were only marginally more expensive than 18K and do not need to be rhodium plated. My jeweller recommended it and he was right on the money!
I do not like the look of yellowing white gold and the fact it has to be rhodium plated, so the 19K route certainly works for me.
Post # 13
19k is not more yellow, it is whiter. I have 19k white gold and got it specifically for this reason since I didn’t want it plated with rhodium. I love platinum but couldn’t afford it and thought this was a good option for me.
Post # 15
@She-Hulk: My whole reason for changing over to 19K gold was because it maintained it’s white appearance and there was no need to rhodium plate it. I am happy to see there is someone else around who is equally as happy with 19K!
Post # 16
@womanofsubstance: yes! That was my reason too! I am very happy with my rings also! 🙂