Platinum strong enough for channel or bezel set?

posted 6 months ago in Rings
  • poll: Would platinum be secure enough for a thin 2mm wedding band?
    Yes for both channel and bezel : (18 votes)
    100 %
    Yes for only channel : (0 votes)
    Yes for only bezel : (0 votes)
    Neither, go for 18k gold or a different setting : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’ve heard of people losing stones with pave settings regardless of metal, but never channel or bezel set…

    I have shared prongs on my platinum ering and wedding bands, and I also have a channel set RHR that I’ve never had issues with. I think mine are 2.2 mm though.

    Post # 3
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    551 posts
    Busy bee

    A plantinum bezel is just about the most secure setting you could possibly get. That baby’ll survive the apocalypse.

    “18k gold is more durable than platinum”? What now??? No, just no. That is up-selling nonsense.

    Post # 4
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    9632 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I mean they often put platinum prongs on gold rings because they’re more durable. I think that jeweler is off his rocker.

    Post # 6
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    551 posts
    Busy bee

    anwonderingbee :  It depends on how thin, but realistically it’s going to take a significant amount of force to bust open any platinum channel setting so that all the tiny diamonds come pouring out, if it’s well done. As in, enough force to break your hand, in which case you’ll have bigger things to worry about. An 18k gold setting would probably need to be bulkier/thicker/less intricate in order to stand up to a lot of damage, that’s why most reputable jewelers prefer to work with 14k, platinum and palladium for delicate bands. Thicker band=more metal=higher price. 

    Have you considered a gypsy/flush setting? Those are quite durable. 

    Post # 7
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    1107 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I have always heard that platinum is the most durable option, so this sounds off to me too. My e-ring is a bezel and my band has channel-set diamonds, both in platinum. The band isn’t super-thin, though, because it had to fit the diamonds I was recycling from another ring. Here’s a pic of them together. I’ve had my e-ring for 3 years and my wedding band for 2, and haven’t lost any stones (knock on wood). I wear it for most activities and honestly don’t clean it very often- it never looks dirty to me!

    Post # 8
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    1614 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    Platinum is stronger than 18kt gold so yes for all the options. 

    Post # 9
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    1782 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Agree with all PP. Platinum is the strongest of the metals and is the most durable. However, I think it’s confusing because platinum is “softer” than gold, even though it’s stronger. Platinum will gouge, whereas gold will chip. Think of it like pushing into putty – you displace the putty, but it’s still the same amount of material, whereas say an ice cube, you actually chip a piece of ice out. That’s kind of the same concept as platinum vs. gold. It’s very confusing. Hands down though, platinum is stronger for any setting, and BONUS, it holds its value MUCH better than gold. When I pawned my first wedding ring, it was a platinum solitaire and I got 3 x’s what I would’ve gotten had it been a white gold solitaire. (Hopefully you never have to experience that, though.)

    Post # 11
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    62 posts
    Worker bee

    Platinum is more durable than gold and tends to bend rather than break off, hence the preference to set diamonds with platinum prongs (less likely to lose your diamond). The complaints he receives from customers will most likely be about platinum’s lesser resistance to scratching. When gold scratches, you lose particles of it so gold rings eventually become thinner with daily wear. Platinum scratches more easily but moves about on the surface of the ring to develop a patina and will remain more robust than the gold ring.

     

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