Post # 16
Another vote for Platinum. I have white gold, and it was just dipped last week, and it still has a yellow tint to it. I know the tint isn’t noticeable to anyone else, and it does look nice overall, but I notice it when I stack my extra sterling eternity with it.
Post # 17
One more vote for platinum.
Post # 18
I prefer metals that are natively the color they present and aren’t alloyed or plated in ordert to change the color. So while I generally prefer high karat yellow gold, I do have a few pieces in white metal and I always prefer platinum for them.
Post # 19
Platinum bends, true, but that is the exact reason that it’s often recommended for prongs, even when the shank is gold. Hit white gold hard enough against a hard surface and a prong might completely break off, meaning you will have to replace the prongs and might lose a diamond. Hit platinum hard and the prong will bend out of place, meaning you have a loose diamond and need to re-tighten the prongs.
Platinum is softer than alloyed gold so dulls much faster than white gold. Open a door with your left hand and it will leave tiny micro scratches on your platinum ring. A white gold ring will be just fine. The nice thing though, is that you can get platinum repolished whenever you want to make it shiny again. You won’t lose any metal during this process. Meanwhile, if you fall often on the sidewalk and scratch your white gold a bit (though platinum will fare worse) you’ll lose a bit of the white gold in the fall and even more if you want to repolish it to get rid of the scratches.
These are the reasons why when you look at vintage platinum vs vintage gold jewelry, the platinum rings are often dull looking and not perfectly round in shape and the white gold rings have thin shanks. So what’s important to you?
White gold pros:
Stays shiny longer
Easier for a jeweler to work with
White gold cons:
Needs replating every few years if you’re into the super white look
Might need re-shanking after a couple of decades depending on usage and the original thickness
Low maintenance (if you don’t mind the patina)
Bends, doesn’t break
Looks dull relatively fast
Harder to find jewelers to customize/repair
Post # 21
I got platinum and I love it. It can be polished to be shiny again. I like that it won’t lose any metal whereas white gold chips off and has to be replated every so often. Platinum will push in and dent and move around but it won’t be lost. I’ve worn much e ring 1.5 years so far and it’s still shiny.
Post # 22
lurkingvee : https://instagram.com/p/<wbr />BPkzPNogyQ2/
This is the ring I m interested in, with super thin prong, and 1.7mm thin band, so I guess 14K gold is better choices for me for this setting since white gold rings have thin shanks?
I dont mind the color or dull, do you think with today’s technology or people skills, jeweller can make Platinum into stright thin prong and shanks? As I see most of people here vote for Platinum.
Thank you very much!!!
Post # 23
beethree : beethree : Does it cost a lot to polish a platinum ring? I saw somewhere online saying Platinum is harder to repolish thus cost more than gold to maintain. Luckily I am not sensitive to the metal so that is not a concern for me.
Post # 24
runsauce : Thank you so much for your advice and experience! I personally would prefer Platinum too!
Post # 25
hafh2016 : That really is a bonus for me as I am so lazy to take care of or replating it often.
Post # 26
Souzie : my jeweller told me 1.5mm is too thin, easy to break, doesn’t suggest me to do. but i really do love 1.5mm since i have short finger, thicker band looks so bulky on me. Thank you so much Souzie, you give me more confident in choosing 1.5mm. I Also like it to be micropaved.
Post # 27
sparkosity : That’s exactly what my jeweller said to me too when I was confidently say I wanna platinum, she scoffed at me too saying trust me, 14K gold is better, Platinum is too soft, your band will be bend.
Post # 28
christina82 : Thank you Christina, so if you dont hit it on any hard surface, the ring itself won’t bend that easily right??
Post # 29
Platinum! Has a lovely weight to it as well!
Post # 30
Michelle Bin : No platinum is strong, the ring shouldn’t bend easily. I think if you don’t wear it to lift weights, etc. you should be okay. From what I’ve heard, it’s pretty durable. The prongs may bend a little over time, but you can have that retightened, etc.