(Closed) What is a metal that looks like platinum but won't scratch?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

tungston I believe doesnt scratch

Post # 3
9095 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Tungsten may not scratch as easily, but it will shatter relatively easily.

Post # 4
5161 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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
3541 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Tungston is really hard to scratch.

Post # 6
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
5547 posts
Bee Keeper

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
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
6557 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

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
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Been married a week and my husbands Tungston ring is already scratched 🙁

Post # 11
10577 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Platinum can be polished & buffed to be shiny again And get rid of scratches 😊

Post # 13
208 posts
Helper bee

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
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
8282 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My husband’s cobalt chrome still looks awesome after 1.5 years of daily wear.

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