Post # 16
I would say getting it checked once a year should be enough, but your jeweler can check it anytime you go in.
I found this info about checking your ring yourself on callagold.com :
1. Can you hold it up to your ear and hear it jiggling around in its setting?
2. Can you see any space between the edge of your diamond and its setting?
3. Are little hairs and lint constantly catching on one particular prong?
4. Do the prongs look a little flattened?
5. Are any of them bent to one side a little?
6. Can you detect any movement of your diamond by tapping it gently with your fingernail?
7. Can you see any cracks, especially around the base of the prongs? Tracy and Stacy have more to say about checking your prongs in their blog post. If you think one or more of your prongs aren’t perfect, see a professional jeweler like me! Immediately!
You can also get a loupe on Amazon to be able to see the prongs of the smaller diamonds better.
Post # 17
It kind of depends on what you are looking for. Do you like something different to mix it up or do you want something that looks the same? Do you want people to know you upgraded, or do you want to keep that mum?
It seems like you are trying to convince yourself that the rose gold flowery one is the one for you, so I think you should go with that!
Post # 18
I prefer the Lily in rose gold. Not a fan of the prongs on the Shannon, or, to be honest, a fan of platinum/white metals (more so because they just do not work with my skin tone at all, not because anything wrong with the metals themselves!). I don’t “generally” like halos, but I do really like more floral-inspired halos, which the Lily obviously is, and because of the design the prongs are not as noticeable to me.
14k or 18k rose gold is just fine as a “forever ring”! Just make sure the prongs are checked now and then, which is no different than you need to do with platinum prongs. Any ring with prongs should be checked every 6-12 months by a jeweler. You may not notice little bangs or such that can affect the setting/prongs. The reason platinum is often recommended for prongs is because it is “softer” and will bend but still usually hold onto stone if it gets knocked about, gold prongs on the other hand can snap/break with a hit. But in either case with a hit, you need to have it checked and possibly have the prongs redone/worked.
Post # 19
mrsrodross: rose good lily. The flower look is beautiful and gold will last. I have rings from my grandmother in gold that are still perfect!!
Post # 20
Platinum is always best. Platinum is durable and it is also 95% platinum (If it is pt950) which makes it pure and hypoallergenic. It is also very strong and you won’t lose any metal if it gets scratched, simply take it to get buffed once every few years or do it yourself. White gold, rose gold, etc. are not proper gold, gold does not look like that. Real gold is yellow. 24k gold is bright yellow, 99.9% to 100% pure gold that is not mixed with any other metal. Even 18k gold is only 75% gold. So, the closest to platinum would be 24k yellow gold. White gold and rose gold are made to look that way because of the mixing of gold with other metals. It will need to be replated every few months at the jeweller, which will cost you money, and it is also an inconvenience. Something you will never have to deal with if you get platinum. Platinum is more expensive because it is purer and more eternal. White gold and rose gold rings, etc. will not even be the same ring after a few years because of all the replating.
Post # 21
weddingbaby12: the frequency of having replating done on 10k and 14k white gold rings is not what you had mentioned. It really depends on the chemical make up of your skin. I had a 14k white gold ring that I didn’t have to have replated for 2 years. Some jewelers charge you for this service while there are others that do not.
Post # 22
hbaird_2006: Some people do have them replated every few months. As you said, it depends on the person. You have them replated every 2 years, other people have them replated every 3-6 months.
Post # 23
Platinum is not “always best”. If someone does not like platinum, either because of the colour, or the patina it gets (because even if you get it polished now and then, you still have the patina look in between polishings…meaning if you like high shine you need to do more polishings), how is it “best” for that person? Each metal has advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost, weight, scratch resistance, suitability for different kinds of metal work, shininess, and so on. Platinum is strong, but it is also quite soft and scratches easier than say 14k gold (this is why it gets the patina) and I have seen on Pricescope posters with bent platinum shanks, for example. Not that gold is immune from any damage, but platinum is not above any damage itself.
Nor are all platinum alloys the same, for example, 95 plat/5 ruthenium or 90 plat/10 iridium are more durable and more scratch resistant than 95 plat/5 iridium.
14k or 18k rose gold does not need to be plated at all, so I have no idea where you are even getting that idea. It is alloyed with copper and other alloys to make it more pink/rose.
Not that the OP was even asking about white gold so I am not sure of the point of your comparison, but not all white golds need to be plated with rhodium. They can alloy gold with alloys that allow them to be very white all on their own (for example, there are some very white gold/palladium alloys that do not need plating and are very white on their own). Some people also prefer warmer white golds, meaning unplated. You can also get hypoallergenic gold alloys.
Metal prices all depend on market demand. Currently gold is actually more expensive at this point per ounce than platinum at this point (gold is around $1,092/ounce, and platinum is around $956/ounce). However, platinum is denser, meaning the same sized platinum ring will weigh more than the same sized gold ring, and since prices are per ounce, will also cost more.
Post # 24
RayKay: I hate the look of worn plantinum so thats why I went with gold
OP the flowery looking one is delicate, unique , and very pretty
Post # 25
LonnyLee: That’s really good to know. It’s what I always wanted but it was kind of off putting. I really don’t want a high maintanence ring.
How often do you find you have to get it buffed?
Post # 26
- Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens
lesbimarried: I’ve had the ering for 2 years and it looks exactly like it did the day I got it. Had the wedder for nearly 2 months, and it matches the ering perfectly. The jeweller said the way I wear it, it will probably be 10 years before I need them buffed.
Having said that, hubby works with his hands and is really rough with his ring, and his wedder already looks duller than mine, but he is loving the look and wants it to get a patina. It all depends on what look you like.
I love that even if you do get a scratch in platinum, it just glints more 😉
Post # 27
RayKay: Your information is completely inaccurate. You also seem insecure about something, did you want platinum and couldn’t afford it?
When you buy a platinum ring, it is quite more expensive than an 18k gold one because AS I SAID, this is just 75% gold. Platinum jewellery (pt950) is 95% platinum. Use your logic please.
Platinum IS NOT going to “bend” or “scratch” easily, it is one of the strongest metals there is, and much stronger than gold. Where did you get your information??? It’s so misinformed. Platinum is much stronger than gold and of course much stronger than all the other crap metals they add into the 18k mix (such as nickel or copper, yuck.) Simply hold a platinum ring and see how much heavier it is. The patina can be fixed by simply grabbing a soft cloth and buffing it… same with any “scratches”. Platinum never loses metal, it just redistributes (unlike white gold rings, which have weak metals and the dip can get scratched or simply lost, or fade). It is unique in that the metal is only displaced, not lost. Again, you can fix it with simply buffing it. If it even ever happens…
Platinum is very rare; in fact, 30 times more so than gold. The other metals used in the 5% of the creation of pt950 platinum are generally metals in the same family as platinum, such as palladium.
I own white gold and ‘yellow’ gold jewellery (meaning GOLD, gold is yellow, there’s no such thing as a ‘yellow gold’ term) and I love it, but any GOOD reputable jeweller will tell you that platinum is best for engagement and wedding rings for obvious reasons. More durable, hypoallergenic, etc. Not to mention absolutely gorgeous, pure, and perfect!
Post # 28
sway0060: You are also misinformed. Platinum doesn’t become “worn”. You can fix it by buffing and cleaning.
The pre-patina shine and reflective luster can easily be revived by merely buffing it with a soft cloth. http://www.bluenile.com/education/metal/platinum
Perhaps the reason why you chose to see platinum as a lesser option is because you couldn’t afford it so you had to accept WG. It’s fine. No need to come up with excuses though.
At the end of the day, you have to get WG re-dipped all the time and it will never be the same metal in the ring you received on the day he proposed.
Post # 29
RayKay: Oh not to mention that you can buff and clean the ring at home. It will take you 5-10 minutes. So there goes your arguement.
Post # 30
She’s not even considering white gold, so the talk about getting it re-dipped is completely irrelevant. Rose gold absolutely does not need to get dipped. If it did, I wouldn’t own it.
Fine jewelry has been made in various alloys of gold for centruries. It’s a sound investment.
24k gold might be pure gold, but it would be a terrible idea to have an everyday ring made out of it. Alloys are added for strength, not for the purpose of “diluting” or “cheapening” the final product. And who cares how “pure” the metal on your finger is? I think everyone knows gold is not 100% gold and it doesn’t make it any less valuable.
There are a variety of options in jewelry, just like everything else in life. There are pros and cons of each option. To say one is definitively the best is just not helpful. Everyone has their preferences and not everyone’s line up with yours.
I have 18k rose gold and I love it.