(Closed) Platinum Rings, how are yours holding their shine??? PICS WANTED

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I didn’t think my ring had much patina until I got a new platinum spacer with a polished finish. 

Here is a photo showing the patina on my e-ring from 8 months of daily wear versus my new spacer with no patina: 

And here is a front photo:

I also think that the platinum prongs are much much sturdier than white gold rings that I have had before. I am not sure if there is truth to that, but I am really glad that we chose to get my wedding set in platinum for its durability. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A platinum ring will eat away at a gold ring. Not advisable to mix those metals daily.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

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sparklesalways:  actually, the concern is the opposite. Platinum is softer than white gold, and the white gold might “eat away” at the platinum. Luckily, you don’t actually lose platinum this way (so eat away is a misnomer), it just shifts and can be buffed back into place. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  ilovesophia.
Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

my platinum e-ring hasn’t really held up any shien and has a pretty matte finish after just under a year of wear.  Like you, I’m was planning on getting a while gold band so that I can get it re-dipped and keep it shiney, plus they’re much more affordable, but I don’t plan on wearing the e-ring and band together daily.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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ilovesophia:  Ive always heard the opposite on pricescope etc, but regardless- no bueno. Platinum is softer but more durable (even though that seems like an oxymoron lol).

A WG ring will also yellow eventually so they might end up looking pretty different. Though at first with fresh plating Im sure you wont really be able to tell the diff.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

It’s doubtful if you will notice the color difference unless you are staring at it up close. From a distance they will both look like white metal, so if you are going for the mismatched look, you may want to consider another metal.

The patina depends on the platinum blend. Some are softer than others and will scratch and dent more than others. I have both types of platinum, and the harder alloy pretty much looks new after 20 years of wear, the others look pretty beat up after a year of light wear. You may want to speak with your jeweler about which alloy they are using.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Mine has held up great. This was taken after about a year of wear:

It was buffed out a couple months ago when I had it resized, but I didn’t need it — there was a tiny scratch on the palm-side of the shank and a tiny scratch on one of the prongs (probably from knocking it on something), but otherwise everything else was still super shiny. Some people like the patina’d look — I don’t, so I’m glad it looks like I won’t need to get it buffed out that often to keep it looking shiny.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve only been wearing my ring for about 9 months, and obviously am not wearing my wedding band yet – but mine has held up really well. There’s some tiny scratches on the sides and more of a matte-ish look on the bottom from the patina, but otherwise looks fine! 

 

as others have said, not advisable to mix platinum and gold. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

 

 

10 years and still the perfect piece of jewelry! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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punkybrewster: 

The three most common platinum alloys are (note that alloys are by weight, so the numbers refer to the percentage of weight in the alloy). There is quite a lot of threads about these things on Pricescope if you wanted to look at it more but…as a summary:

95/5 Platinum/Iridium is one of the most common in modern jewelery, especially stock/cast pieces as it is easier to cast. However, it is a softer alloy, and more prone to scratching, being deformed by impacts, bending. Has a Vickers hardness of ~80 HV.  I used to have a ring of this alloy, just a little plain band from eweddingbands. It got banged up pretty quickly in that it did not patina evenly and some of the “dings” or scratches were deeper, In My Humble Opinion. I don’t have any photos, I sold it long ago. 

95/5 Platinum/Ruthenium is harder and more scratch resistant. This is the alloy Tiffany’s uses (so thegridmonster’s experience is with a harder alloy) and others do as well, but often you need to specifically request this alloy from those selling stock pieces and so on, and even from certain designer rings (I think for example, you need to request this one from Vatche, at least you did when I was looking at a Vatche setting a few years ago). It is less malleable, and so can “crack” but this is generally a bigger concern during setting than wearing. Ages well. Is a bit darker. Has a Vickers hardness of ~135 HV. I had a ring of this alloy, I did notice it was a bit darker than my current pieces of the next alloy if right next to each other, but it seemed very resistant to scratches. I have since sold that ring. 

90/10 Platinum/Iridium (PT900) is the “classic” alloy. Most antique/vintage jewelery is this mix. It resists dings and scratches quite well and is reasonably malleable for setting. Whiter alloy than the one right above. Vicker’s hardness is ~110 HV. My current platinum rings are of this alloy (they are all antique/vintage). There is a slight patina on bottom shanks, but it’s not glaringly obvious that it is “worn” like my old plain band of the first alloy. This one is my favourite alloy ๐Ÿ™‚

There is also a 95/5 Platinum Cobalt but I don’t see it that much, it has a more “blue” tone to it.

I personally love a nice soft patina on platinum. This is because I am generally a yellow gold girl, and find white metals a bit cold on me. I also don’t generally like a “high polish” on any metal – I prefer more of a satin or brushed look, either from the start or that comes with wear. I think a soft, even patina on platinum softens up the harshness of the white metal on me AND gives it that worn in look I prefer (especially on antique and vintage pieces). Others, like gridmonster, prefer a high more mirror-like shine!   

 

White gold also has many different alloys, with varying Vickers hardness (but rhodium plating has something like 800 HV so take that into account). Some “need” plating, some don’t. I have only one plated white gold piece that I have never replated. The bottom has patina’d a bit but has not “yellowed” yet. I don’t wear it much anymore. I have also had palladium-alloy white gold that did not need plating, it was more “gray” in tone but was very resistant to wear and tear. 

  

If both the rings have no pokey pieces (prongs or whatever sticking out) or delicate filigree or engravings, and can rest together rather flat, or otherwise are rather separated with a gap, there really isn’t a huge problem wearing them together. The problem is when there are pokey pieces, engraving, and so on. You should then get them soldered or wear a spacer band (something softer that will take the wear). Despite the common touted “don’t mix them!” LOTS of people do, even on Pricescope, and add spacers, and so on. Really, ideally, you should not wear ANY two rings together as even rings of the same metal will wear over time especially if they are not the same alloys (and especially if they have pokey pieces or diamond girdles are exposed) but most people are not going to follow that.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

So, I looked at GridMonsters picture and thought, “Wow, after 2 months of wear my ring isn’t anywhere near that shiny.”  Took a better look and realized it was just dirty…so I cleaned it and it’s bright and shiny again.  I wear mine for basically everything but doing dishes

Post # 15
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Helper bee

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catibug: My platinum is still super shiny after 6 months of wear. The bottom is a tinge dinged up, but hard to see because of the shine. There are different platinum alloys out there. Some will hold their shine longer and better than others. It’s a bit dirty here, but you can still get an idea about how it’s held up.

 

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