Platinum work requires special skills on the part of the metalsmith and a “dedicated” set of tools for work on platinum only. Unlike gold or silver, platinum becomes so hot during heating that the metalsmith must wear special goggles to protect the eyes during soldering.
Platinum requires extensive knowledge and expertise to properly work with. Most retailers equipment are for working gold only.
Intense heat is required to solder platinum ñ along with special visors to prevent spark from flying into the jewelerís eyes. Most stores donít have the proper torches, oxygen tanks, etc.
Platinum Solder is required to make sure that when sizing or fixing a ring seems, or visible lines donít develop.
Special high speed wheels and rouges are required to properly polish platinum.
Most of all experienced jewelers are needed, who know how to handle the properties of this unique metal.
Entrusting your platinum jewelry, antique or newly made, to the wrong hands can result in serious damage to the jewelry. Often people pay for a poorly executed repair before finding a company that is able to fix their platinum jewelry properly.
Repairing platinum rings and/or platinum jewelry can cost you hundreds of dollars to have fixed correctly. At todays platinum prices, your platinum ring, or other piece of platinum jewelry, is worth thousands of dollars.
Most stores are not set up to do platinum repairs on their premises. That is your first clue. Your second clue is the amount of platinum jewelry they sell. A small amount means that it would not be cost effective for them to invest in special equipment. Be sure to ask if they will make the repairs themselves or will send it out – and to whom.
Platinum is not susceptible to problems with stress, corrosion or stress cracking, as can be the case with white gold. (This problem mainly applies to prong settings etc.)
The public now thinks of platinum as the best metal for jewelry and because of this, it will only continue to grow in popularity. There are many “elite” companies in the jewelry industry that exclusively carry platinum for its engagement and wedding rings.