Thanks for a wonderful forum with extensive on different
materials related to jewelry and techniques implemented.
I’m a totally newbie when it comes to various jewelry and its alloys,
so please bear with my newbie-questions.
My g/f and I are about to engage (finally!) and we’ve decided
platinumrings meet our criteria.
However, the more I study about platinum alloys, the more confused I
get. Here, in Sweden, where I live, the platinum market is scarce and
the only alloy they sell is Plat 950 with 50 Palladium. Now,
according to many sources, this combination happens to be too soft.
The rings I looked at the shop were in fact quite full of hair-line
thin scars and dents.
Since other platinum alloys don’t exist here, we’re looking into the
possibility to purchase our rings in Japan (which has a bigger
market, and most likely cheaper). But it seems they too use various
alloys which are more or less either not following the international
(?) standards of platinum jewelry or the hardness in Vickers is not
substantially better than Plat/Palladium.
I’m leaning towards the combo : Plat 950/Iridium 50. Is this a good
My future wife wishes to put a diamond stone in it later on, and I
wonder what hardness is required to fully secure the stone in the
My g/f (who is Japanese) recently went to a shop in Tokyo that
carries the SIARA brand of Switzerland origin, that sell hand-made
1000 parts platinum rings, and according to the salesperson the rings
have been treated to make it harder (they supposedly press and mold
and shave the metal so those rings are very strong, according to
them). Also, due to the fact that the rings are hand-made, all air
and cavities are supposedly minimized, thus, rendering a heavier ring
than its casted counterpart. Sounds perfect to me. But. Are they in
any way pulling my leg or is it true that 1000 parts platinum jewelry
can be made hard enough?
Or is it more common that Japanese producers Rhodium plate their 1000
I would want to avoid those Rhodium plated rings!
Thanks for all advise, and sorry about the long post!