Post # 1
I’m currently looking into wedding bands but I’m getting conflicting messages from different jewlers so I want to see if you can help me. Thank you bees!!
I’m leaning towards a dainty (2mm) 1/2 channel set wedding band. Second choice would be a dainty 1/2 bezel set band. Since my engagement ring is platinum and I want to wear them together, I was going to go for platinum for the wedding band too.
I want a low maintenance ring that I can use in an ultrasonic machine and won’t scratch my engagement ring so I ruled out paved eternity even though I like that style.
I thought channel and bezel are two of the most secured settings. However, one jeweler told me nowadays he mostly set diamonds in 18k gold because of how soft platinum is and how much complaints/repairs he gets from customers. And that if I choose platinum for a dainty channel set, once damage occur and the rails are bent I won’t just loose one diamond like I do with paved or bezel, I might loose a bunch together.
Now that’s very scary and makes me lean towards a bezel setting. But another jeweler told me that’s BS and channel setting, no matter how thin, and in platinum is still plenty secure with daily unltrasonic cleaning.
I’m very confused still after reading up online. Thank you for reading and your help!
Post # 2
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
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
I mean they often put platinum prongs on gold rings because they’re more durable. I think that jeweler is off his rocker.
Post # 5
Westwood : Gotcha, thank you! That’s good to hear.
ecrisrien : would a thin platinum channel be the same too? And yeah that’s where I got confused too because I clearly was asking for a platinum ring that would be more expensive so why was I being sold 18k instead…
Post # 6
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
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
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
Platinum is stronger than 18kt gold so yes for all the options.
Post # 9
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 # 10
mrsptobe2017 : That’s a gorgeous set, thank you for sharing your experience! Definitely makes me more confident.
MargaritaVille : Gotcha. I guess I was concerned about the potential for the edge of a channel set to bend out of shape since platnium is “softer” and I’m going for such a thin width. The jeweler’s point was that it’s a bigger disaster if a channel got bent compared to a prong got bent because it might affect multiple diamonds.
I have been putting more thought into the wedding band choice though. Fiance also said look it’s not the end of the world if we need to get the wedding band fixed in the future (knock on wood). So I’m definitely still leaning towards going with my favorite setting and pick a jeweler who seems more legit haha.
Post # 11
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.