Post # 1
I’m trying to decide which metal to go with for my wedding band. My engagement ring is white gold and I haven’t even had it for a year yet, and I’ve gotten it re-dipped. It needs it again before the wedding. I started another thread about that on here and people said it depends on your body’s chemistry sometimes, and that can make the coating dissolve faster on some than others. Okay so I’ve determined I’m one of those people.
The ring I want, from the Diamond Zone in Chicago:
It is $150 in White Gold.
It is $395 in Platinum.
My sister told me that it costs her around $50 each time to get her white gold rings redipped. She also said that platinum is a softer metal so it will show nicks or scratches more easily. I’m also wondering if it’s easier to lose the diamonds from a platinum ring because the metal is softer? However, since this is a filigree-style ring so any scratches or anything won’t be that noticeable anyway, right?
I’m basically not sure if the extra up-front cost for the platinum ring is worth it! I could just get the white gold ring dipped once a year or so to keep it looking beautiful and new…but can you redip a platinum ring?
Post # 3
i don’t understand this redipping thing. i’ve never had to have my ering or wedding band from my first marriage redipped. i wore the ering daily for 8 years and STILL wear my wedding ring on my right hand…both still look plenty white (even next to silver) and were never rhodium-plated to begin with.
if the white gold needs to be redipped, i’d go with the platinum, honestly. altho, platinum will need frequent polishing. it’s a stronger metal, actually, not softer (my ering has a platinum head), harder, but more brittle. apparently it’s prone to fine scratches, so it doesn’t hold a polish very well.
i’d still go with the platinum i think.
Post # 4
GULP! I can’t comment on the metal type, but wanted to say that ring is GORGEOUS!
Post # 5
Have you looked into Palladium?? I have a palladium ring, and it’s a great alternative to platinum. It is in the same metal family as Platinum with the same hardness and has the same patina that develops over time. The scratches and nicks don’t look bad, because it’s such a white metal it’s not even noticeable.
I don’t know about where you’re buying your ring, but I know most bigger stores will dip for free. My friend got hers from Kay and they dip hers for free. I’d ask!
It’s totally up to you!
Post # 6
platinum. I have had my e-ring over a year. I think its the oposite… Im pretty sure platinum is a harder metal and thats why you pay more for it. Anywhoo, My ring is in perfect condition, no dings or scratches (and its a high setting) I have a 1 carat then 36 smaller dimonds all around the ring and everything is still in there nice and tight and I dont take it off ever… not at the beach or pool or doing dishes. It has not come off my finger. I use a simple cleaner that you can buy at a jewlery store or even walmart made for platinum and my ring comes out as shinny and sparkly as every.
Post # 7
I thought that platinum was stronger too, which is why the higher cost…haha. I guess I shouldn’t have taken my sister’s word 🙂 I just looked it up and found that yes, it is stronger and 60% more dense. The guy who emailed me about it from the store said that it will have a more “solid” feel than the white gold. So I guess it’ll be heavier.
Post # 8
When my husband was trying on wedding bands, he handed me a platinum band and a palladium band. The platinum band was much heavier compared to the palladium one. He chose the palladium one because he liked the lightness of it especially when he’s on the computer all day at work. I have a white gold band as well as white gold wedding band. They’re still in very good shape after 2-3 years (3 years on the engagement ring, 2 on the wedding band). I haven’t had mine redipped since receiving them and wearing since the wedding two years ago.
Post # 9
I’ve had mine for 2 years and never had it redipped. What is that? Mine looks just as good as day 1.
Post # 10
I try, but I just don’t like platinum because on my skin it looks dead. I don’t like the look of it or the patina it gets or the way it looks when it gets scratched up. I like the warmth and strength of gold. I have had some white gold jewelry for 10 years and have yet to re-dip. Maybe my skin just doesn’t react to it?
Post # 11
If you like the look of both equally, and that isn’t an issue I would personally pick platinum. I say this since you are having issues with white gold. I could be completely wrong but I think some people’s skin causes a reaction with white gold thus needing redipping more often. If you want to completely avoid that I would say platinum is the best way. If you’ll be paying $50.00 twice a year for redipping it will save you money in the long haul anyway.
Post # 12
Platinum is not softer than white gold. Choose platinum.
Post # 13
When I bought my white gold wedding band at Zales, I was given the option to buy the lifetime protection package (or whatever they call it) which included free redips. It was only like $50 or so. Perhaps your jeweler offers something like that?
I would not recommend palladium. It is a much more brittle metal than white gold or platinum, so you would be more likely to have major damage occur, versus just a scratch or ding.
Post # 14
I think platinum is supposed to be superior when it comes to setting stones. some white gold rings actually have platinum prongs because they are better.
(EDIT) by the way: $400 is an amazing price for a platinum ring!! and it has so much detailed texture on it, I don’t think it could show scratches anyway.
Post # 15
I went with platinum because I prefer the cooler tones in it to the warmer tones in white gold, and I like how dense it is. It is surprisingly heavy, which isn’t for everyone, but I love it.
My rings do have a lot of fine scratches along the bottom of the bands, and the metal does develop a patina after a while, but I use our jeweller’s cleaning solution on them every two weeks and it keeps them nice and bright between polishings. I’m not exactly gentle on my rings and they’ve gotten a couple of larger dings in them, but my jeweller can always buff them out. Apparently platinum gets stronger over time, and I have noticed that these days my rings don’t get scratched nearly as easily as they did when I first got them.
Post # 16
Okay so now I’m not a very big fan of the patina that they get….so I started this post leaning toward platinum but now I’m leaning toward white gold again! GRR!