(Closed) Is a platinum head necessary on an engagement ring?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve never actually heard of doing a platinum head. My ring is 14k yellow gold with 14k white gold prongs and I have zero issues. I think the issue would be more in the size of the prongs. Myfriend had her prongs fixed in the first few months she was engaged because they were extremely thin and got loose. She ended up switching to prongs like mine which, while they are gold, are large and strong enough to hold the diamond. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Platinum is “softer” than 14k white gold, so if you ever were to bang or catch your ring, the platinum head/prongs are likely to bend, rather than crack. This translates to less risk of stone loss, though even a platinum head that has bent/twisted will needed to be repaired. 

No, a platinum head is not necessary. It is just a matter of preference, your comfort, etc. Either way, get the ring insured! I have had rings both with platinum and with gold heads, and quite honestly, both are/were just fine!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t know a single person who has anything platinum on their rings.

Jewelers work on commission so I’m sure they’re always trying to “up” sale you stuff. Just tell them you’re watching your budget and forget about the platinum if you don’t want it. 

 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Im with what RAYKAY said. Also platinum doesnt wear away like gold it just moves around.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@Stace126:  My entire ring is platinum. A portion of my ring absolutely had to be platinum and since I feel that soldering different metals together makes for weak points, and we didnt want dipping issues of white gold we chose to do the whole ring platinum. The portion that had to be platinum was not an upsale it is impossible to get white gold or palladium to make the dragofly wings on my ring they are too delicate. My wings were elongated based on my customization and they actually broke the first cast which added an extra week to the completion!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

The store warranty is not likely to cover theft, breakage, loss of ring due to owner’s misplacement, etc. The general insurance won’t cover plating, loss of small stones usually (unless you pay high deductible), cleaning, resizing, etc. So, different plans for different things. I would want to see in writing what each covers, but I expect that they cover different areas. 

 

I do not have a store warranty, but my ring is yellow gold, with bezeled stones (low risk of loss)  and I clean it myself (my local bench also will clean it for me for free anytime). Not worth it for me, even if every few years I need to see a jeweler. General insurance is a must though!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

Platinum is not necessarily more durable than 14k gold, It is actually softer. Depending on your setting this can make ir more likely you’ll lose the stones. You’ll still have the (bent) prong, but that would be a small comfort, I’m sure. I’d be concerned that the jeweler doesn’t seem very informed.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Never heard of having platinum set for only the head..!  But I will speak for platinum, because I love my platinum e-ring ring.  It’s extremely durable and resistant to tarnishing and discoloration.  And I’m exposed to everythingggg at my workplace.  

I have a white gold ring that I wear on my other hand, and there is a noticeable slight yellowish sheen when compared to my platinum ring.  Small discrepancy but present nonetheless.  I LOVE both types of metals though

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2002

Jared’s charges so many dumb fees to drive up the price! First they charge you to put a head on the ring. Which is not optional because duh you HAVE to have a head on the ring! Then they charge you to set the ring. Again, stupid, I can see charging someone to set a diamond who brought in a loose diamond and a semi mount, but if you bought everything there I think that’s weird. Then if you don’t buy their extended warranty and ANYTHING goes wrong after 30 days you are screwed. Even if it was their fault!

My ring is from Jareds and I hate them! I’ve had such a horrible time with them and their crappy workmanship. And looking back I see going there was such a mistake. My advice would be to take your business elsewhere, you can get something much better quality for a better price without a bunch of hidden fees. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@AnnieEsq:  I wouldn’t get that extended warranty if you’re planning on having it insured (which you should!).  Insurance covers all kinds of damage (except normal wear and tear – like the metal wearing down slightly over your entire lifetime), loss, and theft.

Granted I don’t know about extended warranties on rings personally as I have an heirloom ring with no jeweler connected to it – but it seems redundant with your insurance rider…

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@AnnieEsq:  Its NOT necessary and if you want something durable, scratchproof, and not so top heavy, ask if a palladium head can be put instead of 14k white gold, it will be more durable and less to maintain

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