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Engagement ring question--strength or shine?

 
 
Robin Fishman
 
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Tue 2 Nov, 2010 08:48 am
Platinum is more expensive than say yellow gold and white gold…but I don’t think it’s true that white gold is shinier than platinum, and I know that white gold does not retain its shine for very long since white gold is actually yellow gold plated with a thin coat of rhodium and that thin coat tends to wear off after awhile, so platinum probably retains its shine and luster longer than white gold….
So if you’re looking for the shinier, more durable metal I’d say go with platinum, if you’re looking for the less expensive option, white gold!
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Ceili
 
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Tue 2 Nov, 2010 09:42 am
@gutterball,
If the ring has stones, check and make sure the claws are good, especially if it is an antique.
You can buy yellow gold in 9, 10, 14, 18, 22 and 24K. The higher the number the deeper the colour and softer the gold, although higher gold is apparently tempered to give it strength and it is generally made into thicker pieces. White gold comes in 10 or 14K and is more brittle, sometimes plated - be careful. White gold can't be melted down and made into something else as easily as other metals.

If you are going to invest in a ring, the setting isn't as important as the stones. Buy the best quality stones you can afford. I sometimes suggest to my friends to buy old rings and have them reset. Do get her to pick out the design though or ask a friend, they might know what she would like.

My grandfather proposed with a chicken ring, the bands found round chicken legs. He eventually gave her a thick gold band but her engagement ring was one of a kind..
sozobe
 
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Tue 2 Nov, 2010 09:44 am
@Ceili,
O my love, your fingers, they are so delicate, like chicken legs...

Smile
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yuraytom
 
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Thu 13 Sep, 2012 09:14 pm
@roger,
nice, thanks for u sharing it!
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yuraytom
 
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Tue 18 Sep, 2012 09:31 pm
@Eva,
nice, thanks for u sharing it!
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russellmark85
 
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Thu 27 Dec, 2012 05:01 am
@gutterball,
Many people believe that simply wearing your engagement ring while washing your hands is an adequate way to clean it.
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