Post # 1
So in my ongoing ring drama, I spoke with my jeweler today and decided I wanted to custom make a solitaire setting.
Here’s the issue: He strongly advised *against* a platinum head for my diamond even though I am getting a platinum band! He said white gold is far stronger and there is less chance of bending a prong.
Is this true?? Has anyone heard this? When I got married the first time I swear he said just the opposite (different jeweler), and I got a white gold band with a platinum head because *it* was stonger for the diamond. Am I crazy??
Relatedly, if I go with a platinum band and white gold head, will they match? Will they be able to re-dip the head in the future and not the band (I heard rhodium will turn platinum milky)?
Sorry this is so long! Thoughts?? Help! Thanks so much in advance!
Post # 3
I have a white gold band with a platinum head because platinum is stronger.
Post # 4
@wrkbrk: The jeweler my ring is being made at said platinum prongs for strength and a brighter silver color over white gold.
Post # 5
See that’s what I always thought too … ??
Post # 6
Isn’t platinum supposed to be the strongest? It’s more expensive because it’s more durable??? at least that’s what I always thought…
Post # 7
platinum is stronger than gold.
Gold is a very soft mineral.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I think he’s crazy. I have a yellow gold band, and my jeweler wouldn’t let me have anything put a platinum prong (as in, he didn’t even charge for it, he was so adamant).
Post # 9
He said in his experience platinum prongs, while strong, can bend, and white gold won’t bend. This is because platinum is malleable.
The detailing I like is only available in white gold 🙁 Do you think I should pick something else entirely?
Post # 10
Your jeweler is wrong. Lots of rings have platnium heads on white gold because platnium is stronger than white gold.
Post # 11
I think your jeweler has lost a marble…. or two…
Post # 12
I wouldn’t worry about it too much. I’m pretty sure my prongs are white gold and they’re holding up just fine.
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA
Funny I always thought platinum was softer than gold. But what do i know??
Post # 14
My jeweler said that he hates working with palladium because over time it gets harder and harder to work with. Maybe your jeweler got mixed up and thought you were talking about palladium?
Post # 15
My e-ring has a yellow gold shank and platinum shoulders. It’s over 100 years old, and the original diamond is still securely set in the original setting.
Platinum is more dense than gold. Gold is typically pliable or brittle (depending on the alloy content) – platinum is less pliable and less brittle than gold. Platinum should offer a more secure setting for a stone.
I’m not making it up! The internet backs me up. And everything on the internet is true! 😉 (FYI: http://www.exceldiamonds.com/education/metals/ring-metals.php)
Post # 16
I dont think he got mixed up because I was holding the platinum band in my hand (which he clearly knew was platinum) as we were talking about it 🙁
He also said platinum bands can “oval out” once you wear them daily from the shape of your finger because it is so malleable. Has this happened to anyone?? I’m pretty sure my grandmother’s rings were platinum and they look fine 70 years later …