(Closed) Ring scratches and polishing

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not sure…but I do know that the more you have your ring polished or say if you have a white gold ring…the more times you have a fresh coat of Rhodium put onto it…it does take a way some of the actual gold…maybe it’s miniscule but that’s why they say not to have ur ring spiffed up (other than cleaned) more than every few years. 

That’s what my jewleer told me.

Post # 5
717 posts
Busy bee

polishing does remove gold.  nothing visibly noticeable if you get standard polishing for maintenance.  i think it’s platinum that gets “displaced” as opposed to flaking off.

Post # 6
483 posts
Helper bee

yes it will thin out your band over many polishes, with yellow gold it is not at noticable but for white gold polishing will wear away the rhodium plateing thats why white gold rings turn a off yellow color over a perioud of time also your own chemical makeup can react with the metal and cause the rhodium plating to wear of sometimes faster then others. That is why paying for a stores warenty  (which is what inspections every six months are for) especialy on white gold items is extremely recomended because to replate rings that are warn daily can start to get pricey and with the warentys that is all taken care of at no charge as well are repairing any scratches you may get or prongs that need to be fixed but some people can go several years without showing any wear on there rings while other need to replate there rings every 6 months … its all typical maintence on jewelry that is ment to be warned daily its nothing to be concerned about just keep an eye on it so that the problem can be fixed sooner than later .


Post # 7
4320 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Yes, gold scratches and is gone.  That is why you do not see a lot of gold antiques…  Platinum on the other hand is just moved around, so it really can last generations.

Post # 8
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Yup, gold gets removed as it scratches. It kind of “self polishes” though at the same time as a result so stays shinier longer than platinum.  After really long term daily/active wear it might need rebuilding (particularly in shank and/or prongs).

Platinum is softer so displaces and can be polished back, except larger nicks/deeper scratches and so on may not be able to be polished out as easily.

Polishing removes metal in both gold AND platinum (though less so in platinum) as it is just basically using abrasive to “polish” the metal. Lots of people believe polishing does not remove platinum, but I have seen a few platinumsmiths say it indeed does, just not that much, so it is still better not to do it TOO often and to just appreciate the platinum patina instead (which some do, and others, like me, do not)

It also REALLY depends on the actual alloys used with either base metal. I have some very old 18k yellow gold rings/jewelery items that were my great grandmothers and worn all the time through everything (no removing to do dishes, etc) and they still look great with just some signs of wear, yet newer 14k ones look more scratched and beat up. I had 18k white gold palladium alloy rings (unplated) that were something like 250 on the Vickers hardness scale (which is really high compared to nickel white gold, or platinum) and barely showed any wear after 2+ years of daily wear.  My 18k yellow rings only show a couple small scratches on bottom of shank after a month or so. Some platinum starts getting scratched and dinged after a week of normal wear, or even bends out of shape, and others may take a lot longer to get a patina. Alloys are VERY important to wear, too!

Personally, I kind of prefer my rings to “do their thing”. I find gold does stay shiny a lot longer (assuming a high polish) and in time becomes more satiny. Matte gold becomes more satiny in time, so ultimately they meet in the middle! The only time they ever get polished is if I take them in to do some other work on them (sizing, soldering).


Post # 10
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@randombee:  Yes unfortunately, the rings will wear at eachother and thin over time.  You might need to get them rebuilt in the future.

Post # 11
3227 posts
Sugar bee

@RayKay:  I love your replies Smile

Good info even though I wasn’t even asking. 



Post # 12
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@randombee:  When they plate, they have to polish to get a smooth & clean surface before plating…so they do polish and you do lose metal.

Have you considered soldering them together? All rings, even of same metal, will scratch each other and cause damage over time. When you have a harder metal against a softer one, the wear is accelerated. Soldering stops this. My rings are soldered and I love it. I did it as I did not want the rings wearing each other down over the years, as I noticed even after a couple weeks they were turning shiny where thry were rubbing (they are a brushed finish). I was hesitant and even polled the bees as to whether I should as I was so anti-soldering, but it turns out I love it!

It is reversible, and you can get an extra plain band for times you do not want to wear ering.

Post # 15
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@randombee:  It should not be an issue. Your jeweler should ensure they pick a solder with a lower melting point than both metals in case you ever want them unsoldered. A good bench will know this, though!

I get it, I used to hate idea too. With my old rings I never saw point either as they were smooth domed comfort-fits that did not rub, and I liked flexibility to wear band alone. However, after over two years, I realizef anytime I did not want to wear one ring due to risk of damage or injury, I did not wear the either either anyway!

It is certain they will wear each other if not though, and as you know it is already showing. It might only take two years, or it could take decades, to really show. If you are open to repair or replacement, you may want to just enjoy them and live on. Many do do this. I remember many Pricescopers were always adamant against soldering, which is kind of where I picked up idea it was so “bad” (though I learned it is not!) If you want them to last as long as possible, perhaps a lifetime (even if they need retipping or shank replacement) you may want to solder.

Post # 16
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010



Thanks ladies. It is kind of sad actually how much I picked up over the years about metals and such. It was a long process to get to the rings I love so I learned a lot over that time. I knew almost zilch about this stuff three years ago!

I wish knowledge about other things got stuck in my head as well!

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