Post # 1
I love my platinum Engagement Ring but the bottom already has a “patina.” I work a lot with my hands so I don’t want a solid band that has that same “patina” (or scratches) all over it. Is there an alternative?
Post # 2
tungston I believe doesnt scratch
Post # 3
Tungsten may not scratch as easily, but it will shatter relatively easily.
Post # 4
Assuming you do not have nickel allergies, 14k white nickel white gold is quite resistant to scratching. I would inquire about getting something like the Stuller X1 Alloy which is whiter without rhodium plating “necessary”. BUT, it is still not going to be AS white as platinum or rhodium because it still has gold in it.
Post # 5
Tungston is really hard to scratch.
Post # 6
Tungsten is probably the way to go – it takes a lot to scratch it. White gold, believe it or not, scratches less than platinum; however, when it does scratch, some of it is lost (as opposed to platinum where the metal just gets pushed to the side, causing the patina you don’t like).
Post # 7
I gouge and scratch the crap out of my 14k white gold. You may want to try tungsten or a titanium/tungsten hybrid mount.
Post # 8
Cobalt chrome is the whitest alternative metal. It’s not as white as platinum tho. I have a cobalt chrome ring I wear to work and its not scratched. My hubs wedding ring is also cobalt chrome and his is scratched tho.
Post # 9
EVERY metal will develop a “patina”. White gold will scratch, though perhaps not quite as easily as platinum. But then you need to balance that against the fact that most white gold needs replating to remain as white as most people want it. The other metals (tungsten, stainless, etc.) can be used, but most jewelers won’t use them in fine jewelery with stones in them. Platinum can be plated with rhodium, and that might be the best solution. It won’t scratch as easily, though just like with white gold, you would have to replace the plating often enough that the scratching would not bother you.
I have 18K yellow gold, and while there is a “patina” of scratches, it is much like platinum in the fact that the COLOR doesn’t change, even with scratching. Every ring will develop signs of wear: I have always viewed them as a sign the ring was worn and loved. I don’t think it is something to be avoided, but ymmv.
Post # 10
Been married a week and my husbands Tungston ring is already scratched 🙁
Post # 11
Tungsten will look somewhat dull next to platinum in my opinion. You can have your platinum polished every few months to keep the shine, plus is relitively cheap to have done. Another option would be to go for the mismatched look and get yellow or rose gold.
Post # 12
Platinum can be polished & buffed to be shiny again And get rid of scratches 😊
Post # 13
honeybee1234: If you don’t like the patina of platinum it can be polished very easily at home with a Sunshine Polishing Cloth. Just a few quick rubs every so often and your ring will look new all the time. And the benefit of platinum is that none of the metal is rubbed away. I use these on all of my jewelry. (Though I do not recommend them on plated rings as it will wear the plating off.) Hope this helps.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I recommend white gold. I previously had a platinum set that would constantly bend out of shape and scratched like crazy. White gold holds up better to my daily life style and I like the shine and reduced scratching compared to platinum.
Post # 15
My husband’s cobalt chrome still looks awesome after 1.5 years of daily wear.