Post # 1
I have 1 carat diamond engagement ring with a platinum knife edge band. We are starting to look at wedding rings and my fiance thinks that I should have a platinum wedding ring too. I know there is a difference in metals for platinum and white gold, but will it make much of a difference in the long run?
Post # 3
white gold can be re-dipped once in awhile to recoat the rhodium and that will smooth out scrathes and dings. Whereas platinum, if you scratch it or take a chunk out of it, because platinum is softer, then you can’t fix it as easy. im sure somehow you would be able to send it in but i am not sure if the process is as easy as with white gold. Also, I have heard that platinum gets dull quicker.
Post # 4
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Post # 5
They do age differently. I’m planning on getting platinum to go with my platinum engagement ring just because that way I know I won’t look at both of my rings in 20 years and be disappointed. I’m still not 100% convinced it’s the only way to go, but I know I will stop worrying this way.
We are planning on getting white gold for my fiance though since it’ll look close-enough and won’t be right next to my rings every day…
Post # 6
If you are diligent about re-dipping the white gold it might be okay but after time, I’m sure it will make a difference. I would suggest getting the same metals unless you intend to wear your rings on different hands so that any differences in color won’t be so obvious.
Post # 7
As time progresses, the platinum will look grayish, whereas the gold will remain more white as time progress. Platinum shines a lot more though when it’s properly spiffed up. You can easily have a white gold ring re-radiated, which is how it gets white in the first place. It turns yellowy over a long time, but that’s not a big deal. I once had a jeweler tell me that platinum stays lustrous forever, and where in the world did i get my information because it was wrong…i told him i was a metals engineer and that shut him up. You will notice a difference in the shine and color between platinum and gold if they sit right next to each other. You should stick to the same material your engagement ring is in, especially if you decide you want them soldered together or anything like that. Gold is actually weaker and softer than platinum. Platinum is one of the strongest precious metals, and if it is rubbing up against a gold band, the platinum will wear down your gold band awfully fast, leaving scratches. It will cause a satin finish over time and your gold ring won’t be super shiny anymore unless you have it polished and brushed.
Post # 8
I have platinum bands and my jeweler, and I’ve heard elsewhere, that if one of your bands is platinum then both should be. They said that because platinum rubbing against gold actually harms is so they really don’t recommend it.
Post # 10
With metal color differences, it will also matter if your wedding band is a plain band versus a diamond band. There will be a lot less metal to compare if your band has a lot of stones or embellishments in it.
Post # 11
If you want your rings to match thoughout your lifetime you should really spring for a platinum band. What Cable2Be said about "taking a chunk out of platinum" isnt really true at all, if anything you are much more likely to take a chunk out of the gold ring than the platinum. The platinum will develop a patina but myself and many many others really like that look.
In the end you will find that a white gold or yellow gold band will require more maintainice and will show wear if its worn in conjunction with a platinum ring.
Ultimtely the choice is up to you but I would say if coordination, wear and strength are important than you should really go with a matching platinum band.
Post # 12
I would definetly ask your jeweler — they will probably know best.
Post # 13
This is just my experience, of course, but it seemed to me that platinum was much more prone to scratching. With a previous engagement, I had a platinum ring, and within a couple months, it had noticeable scratches on it. And it’s not like I was careless with it — I was a student, so I wasn’t working with my hands at all, and I took it off to sleep and to shower. I’ve had my white gold one for nearly year now, and it looks as flawless as they day I got it — and I’ve been more reckless with this one!
Post # 14
"This is just my experience, of course, but it seemed to me that platinum was much more prone to scratching."
Rhiannon – You are right, platinum is more prone to scratching. BUT, the nice thing about platinum is that a polish will remove those scratches. To clairfy what my previous post was saying, yes platinum will scratch, but the scratches "just move the surface metal" as my jeweler put it, though with gold a scratch literally scractches off metal.
Just another thing to keep in mind (add it to the very very long list of things to keep in mind =P )
Post # 15
There are a number of reasons to keep your rings the same metal!
Platinum is overall harder which means it is more difficult to resize and can hold up to more pressure and is not as easily bent. It does however, scratch mroe easily. These scratches are easier to repair however because with platinum the metal is pushed aside rather than gouged out (which is usually what happens with gold and silver) Platinum also ages differently, greying with time.
White gold is a combonation of 2 metals-silver and yellow gold, palladium and yellow gold, platinum and yellow gold. Depending on what the combonation is its qualities will be different. The color will vary depending on the combonation as will the hardness of the metal. Most white golds are plated in rhodium. Depending on how thick the layer of plating is it will last longer and impact the color more. The thinner the plating the more often you will need to have it replated. Being worn beside a platinum ring its likely to need replating more often. Also if you want your rings welded together it is really best to have matching metals as this makes the welding process significantly easier and less visible.
If you do decide to go with the varying metals one thing you need to be very cautious with is getting them cleaned at jewelers. Most of the people who work the counters at jewelers are not that well versed in metal interactions are likely to try and clean your rings at the same time. You are never supposed to clean two different metals at the same time in a cleaner. It can cause permanent discoloration of the metals!