posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My rings are platinum ruthenium (the allow Tiffany use and which is recommended by the platinum guild as the best allow as other alloys are weak and rings may bend out of shape with them). I’ve been wearing my wrong for about 7 months now and it’s still super shiny. Sure it scratches however that’s what all rings do. Once it starts building up the patina, it gets a beautiful satin finish. I chose platinum as I’m not into maintenance and didn’t want to have to regularly get white gold dipped.

Post # 17
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My first ring was white gold and my upgrade is platinum. My white gold ring scratched way easier than my platinum ring. 

Post # 18
9877 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been wearing my ring over 5 years and it still looks fine. There are minor scratches but nothing you notice without inspecting it up close. I would not hesitate to get platinum again.

Post # 19
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I have platinum and I love it. I’ve been wearing it about 10 months and it’s got a few dings but they aren’t noticeable, and personally I like the patina platinum develops. But it is also be polished and good as new. White gold loses metal and has to be redipped all the time whereas platinum doesn’t, it just gets pushed in. I guess I also like the idea I’ll be wearing the exact same ring with the exact same metal 50 years from now. 

Post # 20
672 posts
Busy bee

I’ve been wearing my rings daily for over 10 years and there are no major dings. Here is ering, which looks way worse in pics than in person. I’ve never had it polished. So this is in its natural state and after a long period of wear. 

The twist band is not platinum. My band is platinum and in the same condition as the e-ring. 

Post # 21
274 posts
Helper bee

My ring is 950 platinum ruthenium and it is still really shiny. You have to bring it to a jeweler to be polished but it doesn’t take long at all – last time I went it was done while I waited. 

My old rings from my first marriage were white gold and they looked more scratched up sooner than my platinum ring does. When I needed them to be dipped I had to drop them off and I had a stone stolen. Personally I’ll never go back to white gold. 

The other thing to remember is that while gold wears away, platinum does not! 

Post # 22
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Keeping platinum or palladium shiny is near impossible. Really. If you want a very shiny metal, than RayKay gave some great advice. Stick with white gold (pallidum white is also my preference) and just know that maintenance may be necessary. I have a vintage palladium white gold ring that I don’t bother to get re-plated. 

I actually love the patina that platinum creates so much that I have my platinum rings lightly brush-finished. I think it also makes the stones pop in the setting. 


Post # 23
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

 Only been wearing mine for 6 months but I’ve never had to give it more than an occasional rub.  The underneath is a tiny bit scuffed but it gets knocked around a fair bit on my commute etc.  

Post # 24
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I found this info on platinum and platinum alloys on whiteflash.com

Platinum is a versatile, eternal metal. It is naturally white and does not fade or tarnish. It is ideal for those with sensitive skin because it is hypoallergenic. It is the safest metal for durably setting any kind of gemstone. Platinum is very dense and malleable, giving it a unique quality. When platinum is scratched very little of the volume is lost; most of the metal is merely displaced and can be re-polished with relatively little loss of metal. As platinum is worn it develops a patina – a subtle texture caused by tiny scratches. Many people like this look, akin to a pair of broken in jeans. It can be always be polished to return the bright shine, and can be polished multiple times without noticeably wearing down. Other metals lose more material over time. Gold prongs wear out and become brittle, and gold rings get thinner with wear. Platinum prongs will bend, but rarely break, and are excellent at resisting wear. This is why the somewhat counter-intuitive statement is true – platinum is softer yet more durable than gold alloys.

Pt900/Ir (900 parts platinum, 100 parts Iridium) is a good hard alloy. A great compromise between relative hardness for ease of polish, excellent white color, and good malleability. It is excellent for both casting and handmade work. Less pressure is required to set gemstones than with harder alloys. It is resistant to scratching & bending and over time is very resistant to signs of wear.

Pt950/Ir (950 parts platinum, 50 parts Iridium) is a good medium-hard alloy which is malleable and the most popular platinum alloy. It’s also the whitest and softest. Good for casting and excellent for handmade pieces, it is the best choice for soft or fragile gem setting. The greater softness requires a longer polishing process. It is less scratch and bend resistant than harder alloys but holds a stone better if an impact occurs; like a shock absorber. Over time it is very resistant to wear.

Pt950/Ru (950 parts platinum, 50 parts Ruthenium) is very hard. It has the highest melting temperature of all platinum alloys and is difficult to cast. Darker gray in color than platinum-iridium, it is less malleable, hard to solder and weld and hard to burnish. Bench workers find it tough on burs, files and drills. Some setters recommend it for diamonds only, since more pressure must be imposed on gemstones during the setting process. It is very resistant to scratching and bending, and thus resistant to signs of wear over time.

Pt950/Co (950 parts platinum, 50 parts Cobalt) is moderately hard. With the lowest flow point of these alloys it is good for even, dense castings of finely detailed pieces including filigree, but not as good for work by hand. Unlike other platinum alloys, this one tarnishes when heated so it needs flux and pickling after soldering just like gold. Since Cobalt is a ferrous metal, not from the platinum group, its scraps must be kept separate from other platinum scraps. It takes a fast polish but finishes darker gray than iridium alloys. It requires moderate pressure on gemstones during the setting process. Bench workers find it more “gold-like” and easy on the tools. It wears quite well over time. Platinum is a wonderful choice of metal for jewelry that is durable enough for a lifetime of wear, and suitable to pass down to future generations as well.

Post # 25
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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karamellokoala :  I came here to say this! Ruthenium is a much harder alloy than palladium (which was used for 5% of my platinum ring), so there will be significantly less risk of scratching the ring. I personally like the patina, so went with the softer, easier to cast alloy, but if you’re worried, go with Ruthenium.

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