Post # 1
My beautiful engagment ring is a week old and is already starting to scratch a bit on the metal at the back of the band, its white gold everytime put my hand down it seem to scratch it dose anyone know if there and form of a coating you get appllied to stop scratches?
Thanks a million!
Post # 3
None that I’m aware of. Maybe you could contact your jeweler? It’s probably inevitable that it’s going to get scratches on it.
Post # 4
Platinum scratches, it is meant to eventually look similar to brushed steal (best analogy I have) but I don’t think white gold is supposed to scratch much.
You should be able to have white gold scratches polished out (I think – can white gold ladies confirm this?) I have platinum and they can not be polished out – it is the nature of the metal
Take it to a jeweler to confirm it is white gold and ask for suggestions on keeping the ring in tip-top shape.
Post # 5
Your ring will get scratched unfortunately. However, I’d take it to your jeweler to get it looked at. They can either polish or redip it. They’ll also tell you how to care for it yourself.
Post # 6
@PinkSparkleGrl: actually platinum CAN be polished out to restore the original shine if you want to. I happen to prefer the patina developing on my ring… but if you don’t you do have that option. just fyi 🙂
Post # 7
The scratches you see is in the Rhodium, which is a polish the white gold is dipped in to give it the extreme white appearance and shine. When you have your ring rhodium-plated (which you should every few months), the scratches will go away. Scratching your ring is inevitable…I think it is noticeable because your ring is so new.
Post # 8
Thanks Corgi! I agree, I like the patina (good word!) as well.
Post # 9
Are they like crazy giant big scratches? My ring (white gold) gets scratches on it too but its not noticable. I have small diamonds down the side so the only part that looks scratched is under my finger anyway. Honestly I don’t think people notice unless they are hardcore examining it and I really don’t feel its a big deal. Do you clean your ring? I do often and I noticed it looks so shiny and doesn’t seem like it has any scratches after, but that just could be my mind thinking like that too.
Post # 10
ALL metals scratch. The main difference is this: platinum and palladium scratch, but they never lose metal, it just gets pushed around. If you want to develop a patina, you just let it do its thing. If you want it to be shiny and new looking, you can have a jeweler polish your ring in about 5 minutes. If you want a matte finish (like brushed nickel), you can have a jeweler do that, too (although this is more common in men’s bands). White gold scratches and loses metal when it does. The rhodium plating will get scratched and worn (revealing the slightly yellowish white gold beneath) over time, which is why white gold rings need to be re-rhodium plated every few months (the actual time depends on the amount of acid in your skin and how active you are). I hope this helps!
(Can you tell I have been doing a lot of ring research and shopping lately?)