(Closed) Jeweler Couldn't Tell Platinum From White Gold

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think you just have a shitty jeweller actually. That sucks about your ring, I hope you didn’t pay for it!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Oh no! Can it be fixed?

Post # 4
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Busy bee

It should be marked on the inside, and your jeweler should have checked.

+1 on crappy jeweler.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Wow!

Even if it was not marked on the inside (these marks can wear, and if it is an antique/vintage piece may also not have been required when or where it was made) if there was any uncertainty he ought to have tested it out. I will reserve my comments about thinking he might have tried to take the easier route (resizing platinum is a bit more work) and just say it sounds like he hedged his bets, but it did not work out for him.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ugh.  I avoid those mall quick fixes like the plague!  They couldn’t even resize my watch band without f-king up my links and bending all the pins when they took it out!  Hopefully they fix your ring up right for you!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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alamana:  Back a handful of years ago when platinum prices were WAY above gold, I heard of a few cases where shady jewelers had done this sort of thing to save costs (and time), and cautions to people to “make sure they are going to resize by adding platinum”) so that is why I thought of it. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

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alamana:  If it makes you feel better, I took my white gold ring to a jeweler to get cleaned and resized and he didn’t mention anything about it needing to be redipped- When I went to pick it up he was like Oh yeah I didn’t realize it was white gold so I had to redip it- and then he tried to bribe me into a good review on yelp by not charging me for the dip. Well I paid the original price I agreed to and then gave him a very lukewarm review- noting that he couldn’t tell the difference between white and yellow gold and hadn’t bothered to ask. He wanted a review and he got one!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

That sucks!  Let us know how well he fixes the ring.  I’d be so pissed if someone screwed up my platinum ring!  Even if you can’t tell my looking at the metal the weight of platinum is noticeably heavier than a ring of white gold would be.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

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minimalistbride:  +1 to this. I can tell a platinum ring just by holding it – there is a noticeable weight difference. Fwiw, he’s probably a shitty jeweler who doesn’t work in platinum often (if at all). I’d be super critical and skeptical about your resizing – resizing platinum takes entirely different tools from resizing gold; it is indeed more work, and some jewelers don’t work with platinum at all. I would never trust a mall jeweler to work with platinum properly (I’ve already experience a professional well-reviewed NYC jewerler screwing up my platinum ring). 

Do you have insurance on the ring? Just be careful! And I’ll cross my fingers for you…

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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minimalistbride:  An 18k ring is no lightweight either though, and if OPs ring is elaborate, or die struck (possible as it sounds older), add on to the weight and you can’t do an apples to apples comparison. 

I had an 18k gold ring that weighed more than any of my platinum rings (at 6g for a simple solitaire!) just because there is a lot of metal in it, plus it was a hand worked piece, not cast, making it even heavier. 

I don’t disagree the jeweler fucked up, but I don’t think it is as simple as going by weight unless you have the exact same ring in the other metal to compare weights. Whether it was cast, handworked, had filigree or other pierced details (making it lighter), it has a thin shank or thick shank, is a size 5 or 8, all are going to affect how much it weighs.

Unless you know ahead of time how much metal SHOULD be in the setting going by weight is just as much a guess as what he already did going by colour.

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