Post # 1
tell me about your platinum rings. Durability, comfort? Pros, cons?
My husband and i have been married almost 15 years. I have not worn any jewelry for about 5 years since I seem to have developed an allergy to gold. Looking into getting a custom wedding set made for our anniversary. Ill be getting platinum since gold gives me a horrible itchy rash that makes me want to rip my finger off. Can’t wear earrings either because they get irritated after a few hours.. Ive never had anything in platinum before, but it seems to be the way to go if I want to wear jewelry again. So, tell me about your experience with platinum rings/jewelry. Thanks!
Post # 2
I have the exact same issue, so I too got platinum I’ve had the ring 8months or so and wear it daily even a couple times lifting weights (fingers swelling couldn’t get it off) and it still looks amazing. Some light scratching on the bottom but to be expected as with any metal. But it has a great weight to it as well feels so sturdy and I love that. I also love when I go to get it polished none of the metal will wear away. It to me is the best metal no allergic reaction since I’ve had this ring!
Post # 3
I’ve worn my platinum ering & wedding band almost constantly since I received them in 2014 & 2015. I chose plat because I love the cooler metal tone, weight, durability, wanted pretty much zero maintenance, & to avoid future allergies (sensitive skin in general). I’m accident-prone, rough on my hand jewelry, & don’t want to have to think about whether any lotion/hair product/etc. will cause damage. If someday I accidentally whack my ring on something, the metal will bend vs break so less likely to lose. They’ve held up great, & are finally starting to develop a beautiful soft patina. I’ve never had them re-polished, but that’s an option if you’d like to hang into the shiny look. Mine are 1.5mm wide each & together are def noticeably heavier (in a satisfying way, if that makes sense) than an old 14k 5mm white gold band I have. I did choose to have an engraving done on the profile of the wedding band vs inside, so less chance becoming less legible in 70yrs due to wear☺️
Top pic 2014, Bottom pic 2021.
Post # 4
It’s probably the nickel that is added to gold that you are allergic to. I have a nickel allergy. I have to buy nickel free earrings.
Post # 5
You may still be able to wear gold if it’s made with a different alloy, like palladium, instead of nickel as the pp said. But platinum is a gorgeous metal! I love it for its weight, durability, colour, and patina.
Something to be mindful of with platinum is the type of alloy you’re getting, especially if you’re going custom. Here’s a good article that explains all the different alloys: https://www.ganoksin.com/article/platinum-alloy-applications-for-jewelry/
Basically, if you’re in the US you probably want platinum alloyed with ruthenium or cobalt rather than iridium.
Here’s my platinum anniversary set:
Post # 6
My set is platinum and I was engaged in 2011, I’m also allergic to nickel. It’s head up wonderfully with no issues. Mine has a lot of small diamonds in the bands so you really can’t see any type of patina on it, but it’s super easy to just have it buffed up once in a while if you prefer the super shiny look.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 1999 - Tacoma, WA
DH bought me a half eternity RHR for our 20-year (“platinum anniversary”). I’ve only had it a couple of years, but it has held up beautifully. My wedding set is white gold, and I prefer the cooler tone of the platinum. I also prefer the strength/durability. I didn’t take great care of my WG wedding set and, after 15 years, one of my prongs wore down and I lost my diamond.
Post # 8
I have a nickel allergy too, so I can’t wear white gold. My engagement ring and wedding band are platinum, and I haven’t had any problems. They’re very comfortable and I’m happy that they don’t require any maintenance, unlike white gold, which needs to be re-dipped periodically.
Post # 9
It’s rather unlikely that the gold is the problem, since like platinum, gold is a very non reactive metal. But gold is alloyed with other metals for strength and much less gold is used in “gold” jewelry (about 60% for 14k, 75% for 18k, less than 50%for 10k), whereas platinum jewelry is 95% platinum, so there’s still the 5% to look out for. But plat does seem the safer bet. My rings are platinum just cause I didn’t want to deal with redipping WG and I love it. It lost its new shine long ago with you can do a quick polish to get back, but I’m fine with how it looks.
Post # 10
I have an Edwardian platinum ring that has held up in great condition after I took a baby’s tooth brush and cleaned it with Dawn Detergent soap. No dents or scratches so far! I also have a 2ct diamond ring, altho it is new, looks as great since the 3 years I’e had it.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2019 - Arlington, Virginia
I love my platinum ering and wedding band. I seem to be sensitive to color, so the white gold pieces I have that have yellowed really bother me. More importantly, though, my platinum set is very sturdy. The weight of the platinum combined with the quality of the work just make me feel like my wedding set is forever jewelry in a way that much of my other fine jewelry in gold does not. That’s a good thing for me, since I don’t plan to ever change it up!
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2021 - Mackinac Island, MI
I got platinum because I am unbelievably lazy and would never get it redipped so I would end up having a gold ring in a few years. I don’t care about scratches, I’d much rather keep color.
Post # 14
Another metal to consider, if you find that you are extremely allergic is titanium. You can find some titanium settings out there, but they’re harder to find than platinum. I cannot tolerate anything but titanium in the upper cartilage piercing in my ear, which has been healed for decades. Titanium is the least reactive.