Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2020 - Melbourne Australia
I am getting a 2mm platinum cage solitaire engagement ring and wondering if anyone had any issues with it bending out of shape at all? I know platinum scratches easier and ends up with a patina finish which I love but I am paranoid as it is actually softer than 18k gold (I know it is more durable but it is more malleable) so I am stressed about a fine band bending. Any comments on experiences with platinum bands are welcome
Post # 2
I have a number of antique and vintage platinum rings/bands (I collect rings) and none are warped. This includes my e-ring, an Edwardian (c1910) ring with carved shank:
Barring extreme force, you should have no issues 🙂
Post # 3
I have a platinum ring and I did have the settings break on me but in all honesty I wasn’t being as careful as I should have been with it. When they remade the setting they used a stronger platinum , platinum 10 something like that sorry I can’t rember what it’s called. But I have not had any issues since
Post # 4
My ering is platinum from the 1920s and isn’t bent or warped at all!!
Post # 5
anarchyprincess : I think this is one of those….it depends answers. If you plan on getting a shank that is less than 1.8 mm, then I would probably choose gold over platinum. When it is thin, it can bend, scratch and get misshapen over time. Platinum also holds pave better but again, if the band is too thin, it might be better to go for gold.
In order to get the best platinum, you have to ask what the alloy is. The most durable platinum that will last for generations and doesn’t show as many scratches is Pt950 & Ruthenium. Tiffany’s is said to use this although it is trade secret. Many of the high end jewelers also use PT900 & Iridium, which is still very strong but is not my favorite. I don’t think their hallmark’s are recognized everywhere but it is still commonly used in the US. Some of the cheaper jewelery is made with Ptt950 & Iridium which is very soft and will dent & scratch very easily. I have rings from the Chinese moissanite companies and they use Pt950 & Palladium, which does show scratches and can bend quite easily (as I have found out). I also have a ring from Sweden and they use Platinum & Cobalt. This is a more brittle platinum and has a silvery finish. As long as you pick a company that uses the first two, and the shank is not too thin, I think platinum is a great choice IMO.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2020 - Melbourne Australia
angelwaye : Thanks, that was super helpful. I’m in Australia and originally was going to go with white gold but everybody here uses white gold with nickel and I’m allergic to nickel. I have asked what alloy the platinum is mixed with and I’m waiting for a response.
Post # 7
I think my bands are 2.2 but I’ve had zero issues with my platinum rings. It’s still a very strong metal.
Post # 8
anarchyprincess : I have a platinum ring and the bottom of the ering is 4mm and the band itself is 2mm and they haven’t bent out of shape at all and I’m prety tough on my rings.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
My e ring and wedding band are both 2mm platinum. No warping or bending yet. I don’t baby them either other than doing no gym and no heavy lifting in them because I think that’s part of what causes warping. My grandmother had a gold wedding set and wasn’t even married to her second husband long and they warped something fierce during that time. So I am just mindful of the heavy lifting and wear it through everything else.
Post # 10
anarchyprincess : my e-ring and wedding band are both platinum and are still perfectly round – no bending after 5.5, 4.5 years respectively. I also have a platinum ring that I got for my 16th birthday that I wore every single day for like a decade that also never bent. You won’t have issues with warping if you get platinum.
Post # 11
anarchyprincess : I think I read in Australia that 18K white gold is getting alloyed with palladium more commonly, which is free from nickel. I always prefer platinum for the weight but a gold/palladium ring might be a an option for you too. Doesn’t need rhodium plating as often.
Post # 12
I have a 2mm band and zero issues with it bending out of shape.
Post # 13
My e-ring from my first marriage was platinum and it was always bending. Had to take it in multiple times to have it re-rounded.
Post # 14
I have an Edwardian wedding band (1910) and that thing is holding up strong. I am not nice to it either. It’s survived me building things, mucking out the chicken coop and every day wear. So, I figure if my antique ring is okay yours probably will be too.
Post # 15
I have a ring that was my grandmother’s 25th anniversary gift. That was over 50 years ago an no warping.