One of the biggest disappointments I’ve run into with couples as a wedding ring designer is finding someone feeling underwhelmed with their 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. Dull, lackluster and boring looking is what she had.
The Monthly Platinum Polishings Were Getting Old
Rhonda would take it in and get it polished by Jeweler Joe who made it in the first place. Over and over again. 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!
To add insult to injury when she commented that it sure did dull up fast, Joe said she shouldn’t be so hard on her ring. What? It’s her wedding ring. She should wear it everyday!
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.
I give more detailed information on the behavior of platinum in my blog: White Gold vs Platinum, What’s the Difference?
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 That Platinum Ring, 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.
Another choice I mentioned was that of setting some little sparkly diamonds in the platinum. That livens things up 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.”
Do you have a platinum ring that’s been looking dull?
Your Personal Jeweler,