(Closed) Bees with 19k gold, how to prevent scratching?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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9116 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It’s nearly impossible to prevent scratching on gold because, like you said, it’s such an incredibly soft metal. My only suggestion would be to maybe have it dipped, but I’m not 100% sure you can do that with such a tender metal. Maybe try asking a jeweler?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve had my platinum e-ring for a month and I already have little bitty scratches in it. Booo.

Best bet would be to ask a jeweler what can be done.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont really think there’s anything that can be dont about the little scratches on rings since we do so much with our hands.  I’ve had everything from silver to 10k gold to 22k and platinum rings… they all get little micro scrathes over time. 

Post # 6
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6355 posts
Bee Keeper

Platinum actually scratches more than gold and is softer. For serious.

All metals scratch, it’s not really avoidable. The first few scratches are the worst.

 

Post # 7
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7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just don’t worry about it.  I have 18K and I really don’t mind the scratches.  But I also wear mine working with clay!  I think rings are to be enjoyed and I don’t worry about it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What do you mean no-redipping? You actually often have to redip more often with higher carat gold because since the “natural” color of gold is yellow, the more gold there is the more quickly you can notice when the rhodium plating has worn off. My e-ring is 18K gold and it shows wear much more quickly than my 14K gold wedding band.

Honestly though, there is not really anything you can do to prevent scratching just because gold is by nature a soft metal and the higher the gold content, the softer it is.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@joya_aspera:  While you are right that all metals scratch and you can’t help it, platinum is almost twice as hard as gold, there is no arguing that. On the Mohs hardness scale gold is like 2.0-2.5 and platinum is like 4.0-4.5. Platinum is known to have a more obvious scratched appearance though, I think it’s called a patina.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

@ChemistryBride:  I believe it’s because the gold is mixed with harder alloys. It’s possible that 24k is softer (which would explain why it’s not used in jewelry), but 18k is harder than 950 platinum and likely so is 19k.

think about it, it doesn’t make much sense that a harder material would scratch more, does it?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@joya_aspera:  Right, they are alloyed, but they are not allowed with things harder than platinum, so the overall alloy still will not be harder than platinum. Yellow gold is alloyed with copper which is a 3 on the hardness scale, and white gold usually with nickel which is a 4, and sometimes palladium which is 4.75. So none of those things are harder than platinum. I don’t have enough platinum jewelry to judge whether it scratches easier than gold, but every jewelry I have even spoken to has indicated it shouldn’t.

My understand is that the patina makes it acquire a scratched appearance, but it is actually a coating of metal oxides the  occurs over time as the metal is reduced, so that doesn’t mean it scratches easier.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My mom has had her 18k gold rings for 30 years. yes there are probably some dings and scratches but its nothing too noticable. I have 14k gold and it still gets dings in it. 

So basically there is no way to prevent it. Its little love taps. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have an 18k yellow gold ring that is from the early 80’s it has a few scratches but its not that bad.  I can post a pic later if you’d like I don’t think I have any right now.  Is your ring just a plain band?  The 18k ring I have is all stones in the front so the imperfections are not that visible.  My 14K yellow gold ring (also from the 80’s) has all sorts of scratches and dings but I’ve grown to love them.  The 14 K ring is a claddagh ring though so the face of it is much more exposed than the 18k ring which might explain why its more banged up.

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