Platinum Can Let You Down in the Shine Department Big Time!
One of the biggest disappointments I’ve run into with couples as a wedding ring designer is finding someone who has dull plain platinum rings.
All they wanted was a plain and simple wedding band with an expanse of shiny platinum. Yummy. Only it doesn’t stay shiny for long. This is not what they signed up for!
Rhonda and Her Dull Platinum Ring
I was referred to Rhonda because of this dull platinum problem. Instead of a shiny platinum band, what she really had was a ring that looked like something someone made in metal shop to try make a quarter-sized circle to fool the soda machine. Dull, lackluster and boring looking is what she had.
Monthly Shinings Were Getting Old
Rhonda would take it in and get it shined by Jeweler A who made it in the first place and it would look great and shiny….. for about a month and then the dull crept in again!
Rhonda figured if she actually took it in monthly to be polished, which she didn’t have time for, she’d wear it down to nothing in time.
This dull look wasn’t working for her. She wanted beauty, sparkle and shine. This was NOT working out!
Rhonda Got Some Explanation About Platinum
Rhonda’s neighbor Justina called her over when I was there. I explained how the malleability of platinum allowed it to react with tiny microdents every time she touched a doorknob or something like that.
White gold on the other hand with its hardy alloys holds its shine much longer. This makes white gold a better metal choice for plain, shiny designs.
Am I Against Platinum?
I’m not saying don’t buy platinum, I love its malleability. It’s fun to work with for certain designs.
It takes curves in hand engraving like a knife to butter. Beautifully.
I just personally think that if you are going for a platinum wedding ring choice, you should go for details in your design, as opposed to plain, flat and shiny.
Rhonda told me that she was on the point of chucking her platinum ring and finding another setting. Aggg, no, wait!
Don’t Chuck it, Change it!
Rhonda, with a nudge from Justina, asked for suggestions to change her platinum ring so she’d like its look better.
I suggested that hand engraving which adds interest, detail and differing levels of metal height would create sparkle and shiny areas on her ring.
Also a choice mentioned was that setting some little sparkly diamonds in the platinum would liven it up nicely too.
She ended up having me do both. Rhonda loves her ring which she now gets compliments on. She told me “it sparkles like love when I look at it.”
That’s my kind of happy ending!