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White Gold or Platinum for Diamond Tennis Bracelet?

daisygrl

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I would like to purchase a 3ct diamond tennis bracelet. I am between 14k (or 18k) white gold and platinum. The only reason I prefer platinum was because I do not like how a white gold turns yellow over time and needs to be re-plated. I also wanted the bracelet to be heavier to prevent flipping. Do you, guys, have any recommendations?
 

ls430FL

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This is my own personal preference but I am not a fan of how platinum sort of turns "antiquey" over time. I prefer the nice shine of 18kt white gold. I just have my 18kt white gold re-dipped and it is good as new. How often that needs to be done depends on the person, their wear habits, etc.
 

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There are alloys of white gold that do not need rhodium plating. It is naturally white. There are alloys containing palladium instead of nickel if allergies are a concern. I own several pieces of this white gold and love it. I don't have anything rhodium plated.
 

daisygrl

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There are alloys of white gold that do not need rhodium plating. It is naturally white. There are alloys containing palladium instead of nickel if allergies are a concern. I own several pieces of this white gold and love it. I don't have anything rhodium plated.
Thank you! Sounds like a good suggestion.
 

Bron357

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I prefer white gold, it’s easy to re dip in rhodium once a year or so if needed. I don’t like how Platinum goes sort of grey looking. I think the bright whiteness of rhodium plating Is nicer.
 

daisygrl

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I prefer white gold, it’s easy to re dip in rhodium once a year or so if needed. I don’t like how Platinum goes sort of grey looking. I think the bright whiteness of rhodium plating Is nicer.
Cannot platinum be cleaned and re-polished to be bright white again?
 
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Bron357

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Cannot platinum be cleaned and re-polished to be bright white again?
Platinum gets a patina as you wear it, like little dents and scratches that dull the surface. A platinum ring can be re polished but I don’t know if that’s possible / practical with a diamond tennis bracelet?
Rhodium plating is not expensive and they don’t need to unset diamonds. It lasts well, my engagement ring, worn daily gets done once every year and it’s mainly the underneath that wears.
 

daisygrl

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Platinum gets a patina as you wear it, like little dents and scratches that dull the surface. A platinum ring can be re polished but I don’t know if that’s possible / practical with a diamond tennis bracelet?
Rhodium plating is not expensive and they don’t need to unset diamonds. It lasts well, my engagement ring, worn daily gets done once every year and it’s mainly the underneath that wears.
Good point! I have just heard something similar from HPD so I will take this into the consideration. Thank you!
 

Dandi

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I have had my 14ct white gold tennis bracelet for nearly 10 years, and have never needed it rhodium plated.
 

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I have had a few platinum ring mountings and I’m sort of over it. I do not like the patina nor the tone of the metal. It looks dull to me after awhile. And I don’t like the weight. For tennis bracelets, I have 3: 1 in platinum and the other 2 in white gold. The platinum one is very heavy. The other 2 are more comfortable to wear and I have not had to have them replated. I do not wear my bracelets in the pool nor shower with them.
I fell back in love with white gold when I got the first of the 2 rings in my avatar. I love how it doesn’t carry the weight of platinum and the high polish and whiteness. One of them I’ve had now for 16 mos and the other only 3 mos and the metal colors look the same. I do not bathe nor wear in pool.
 

donnabrsd

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I've had my 14K white gold bracelet for over 7 years, worn it every day and it has not needed rhodium plating. My previous one never needed it either. I have very few white gold items that have needed or could use a dip. Ask the vendor if it'll need plating maintenance.
 

daisygrl

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I've had my 14K white gold bracelet for over 7 years, worn it every day and it has not needed rhodium plating. My previous one never needed it either. I have very few white gold items that have needed or could use a dip. Ask the vendor if it'll need plating maintenance.
Good suggestion. I will ask them today. It is a hard decision as I had my heart set on platinum but now, hearing you, guys, makes me think twice about getting it. HPD also suggested 14k white gold.
 

diamondseeker2006

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The standard 95/5 iridium platinum is softer and shows more of the patina. My platinum rings are 90/10 iridium or 95/5 ruthenium and I have never even needed to have them polished. Of course, if you plan to stack your bracelet, then it will get more wear and need polishing or replating more often than if worn alone. I prefer the greater density and weight of platinum and the fact that it doesn't wear away like gold does. That said, my old tennis bracelet is wg, and since I rarely ever wear it, I haven't had to replate it. If I ever get an ideal cut tennis bracelet, my inclination is to lean toward platinum as my rings, studs, and diamond pendants are all platinum. But I might go with wg if I couldn't get the harder plat alloys.
 

daisygrl

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The standard 95/5 iridium platinum is softer and shows more of the patina. My platinum rings are 90/10 iridium or 95/5 ruthenium and I have never even needed to have them polished. Of course, if you plan to stack your bracelet, then it will get more wear and need polishing or replating more often than if worn alone. I prefer the greater density and weight of platinum and the fact that it doesn't wear away like gold does. That said, my old tennis bracelet is wg, and since I rarely ever wear it, I haven't had to replate it. If I ever get an ideal cut tennis bracelet, my inclination is to lean toward platinum as my rings, studs, and diamond pendants are all platinum. But I might go with wg if I couldn't get the harder plat alloys.
Funny but this is exactly what I have thought. I have never had a diamond bracelet (I used to dislike bracelets as they bang everywhere.) Now I want one. It will be my forever one from HPD. It will be worn regularly but not daily. It is only 3.78tcw (63 melee stones), thus I wanted platinum (they only offer the standard one) to add some weight to it. HPD suggested white gold all the way but since it is going to be my forever one, I do not want to worry about re-plating (I do not find yellowing of wg attractive.)

I just wonder if the platinum bracelet can be polished to shine again once turns to patine or not. :doh:
 

Buttercookies

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Our wedding rings are platinum and my husband dislike that his turns antique dull grayish color. It was the first time I purchase platinum so never again. I vote for 14k or 18k white gold, you can't go wrong with either.
 

daisygrl

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Our wedding rings are platinum and my husband dislike that his turns antique dull grayish color. It was the first time I purchase platinum so never again. I vote for 14k or 18k white gold, you can't go wrong with either.
Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with platinum. My e-ring is platinum and I love it - just not sure if it is suitable for a bracelet. Have you tried cleaning/polishing his band? It should look brand new again afterwards.
 

diamondseeker2006

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Of course a platinum bracelet can be polished! Platinum can be polished mostly without removing metal, too! I know @m-2-b has a platinum one from WF. Let me think if there are others. (After searching quickly, I can see that most of the custom WF bracelets are in platinum.)




 
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daisygrl

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Of course a platinum bracelet can be polished! Platinum can be polished mostly without removing metal, too! I know @m-2-b has a platinum one from WF. Let me think if there are others. (After searching quickly, I can see that most of the custom WF bracelets are in platinum.)




Thank you, @diamondseeker2006 , for taking the time to post the links of the members of platinum bracelets. Someone in this thread said they are not sure whether platinum bracelet can be polished the same way as the ring. However, I had my heart set on platinum from the get go so I might just stick with it. I will speak with Layla one last time about the polishing.
 
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NonieMarie

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I too wanted platinum. When I ordered from IDJ, the owner said platinum is soft and even his wife had hers in 14k. I've had mine 10 years.
 
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