Confused: platinum or white gold?

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  1. wcoins

    wcoins GEM-ber

    I bought a ring advertised as platinum. It was marked PL. I went to 3 different jewelry shops, 2 said 18k white gold, one said platinum. Whom should I trust? I am trying to find someone with xrf but no luck.
     
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  3. gxseries

    gxseries Coin Collector

    I am under the impression that PL stands for plated.
     
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  4. wcoins

    wcoins GEM-ber

    So 18k gold plated with platinum? Could be.
     
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    PLAT is usually used for platinum. PL is probably just plated.
     
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  6. abuckmaster147

    abuckmaster147 Well-Known Member

    I remember this conversation. Do you have a pic of the ring? I would try a few more. But do not give them any info from yourself and see? Maybe! Does it say 18k
     
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  7. wcoins

    wcoins GEM-ber

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  8. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    It's been a long time. but normally PL, PT or PLAT meant Platinum.
    But take it to a high end jewelry store or high end coin shop, they'll know for sure.
     
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  9. wcoins

    wcoins GEM-ber

    Can you recommend one? Do you think Zales or Jared's have a XRF...or would they test it for me?
     
  10. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    Call them and ask. But Zales and Jared are typical consumer level shops.

    But where I live there are some high end coin and jewelry shops ... if you walk in them you immediately know the difference.
     
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  11. wcoins

    wcoins GEM-ber

    Just visited two more shops....score is now PT 3 - AU 2
     
  12. Pawnmonkey

    Pawnmonkey -----so easy even a monkey can do it-----

    The ring shank looks yellow compared to the head. If it is off white or yellow it is not platinum, platinum is a white metal and will not tarnish. Also if the diamond is real the chances of it being plated is greatly diminished. It is possibly a gold ring with a platinum head. What is the exact markings in the ring? Any reputable jewelry store or pawnshop should be able to do an acid test to determine the metal(s) involved.
     
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  13. Pawnmonkey

    Pawnmonkey -----so easy even a monkey can do it-----

    Also the most common markings for platinum are "Platinum", "Pt", "Plat", "950 Pt." or "900 Pt." If there is a karat marking ("ie. 14k) and "Pt" together that would indicate a platinum head.
     
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  14. wcoins

    wcoins GEM-ber

    Is this pic better? It only says PL. Seller acid tested and came up pt...
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  15. Ericred

    Ericred Active Member

    You should pick up a cheap test kit, you'd be surprised just how much you'll use it
     
  16. Ericred

    Ericred Active Member

    To bad you didn't have some pics of the inside of the band just to see if there's any symbols
     
  17. Ericred

    Ericred Active Member

    Usually platinum and white gold aren't paired together, there usually arranged as to stand out.
     
  18. wcoins

    wcoins GEM-ber

    It's hard to see but I think stamp says 18K PL. Score is now PT 5 - AU 2. Went to 7 shops. Last one said it's PT with yellow gold in the front.
     
  19. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Active Member

    If you ever get to New York City the "Diamond District" ( 47TH St. bet. 5th & 6th Ave.) is loaded with jewelry shops.
     
  20. Emmett Brown

    Emmett Brown Member

    I would venture to guess that it is platinum with yellow gold accents. Have you had the stone examined? If it's a real diamond, then it is not a plated ring. What would be the point in that? Generally, the values of metal and stone correlate. I don't think you'll find too many 18k gold solitaires with a CZ.

    For gold plated jewelry (white, rose or yellow), I don't recall an L being in the stamp. Maybe because it will confuse it with platinum. I've seen just karat stamps (solid), GP (gold plate), GF (gold filled) and RGP (rolled gold plate).
     
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