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Platinum ring


I have a platinum engagement ring (I hope). It was accidentally thrown across the room and hit against the wall. The ring itself has a bend now... I'm wondering if platinum should do this considering it's supposed to be stong etc etc. Do I have a real deal? or have I been ripped off... should platinum bend like this just by throwing it against the wall?

Leigh Burke
- Iowa


Accidentally, you say :-)

Seriously, nobody could answer a physics problem that complex and with so many indeterminate variables, but there is no reason at all to believe that a less expensive ring would be softer than a more expensive ring; the contrary is more likely. A jeweler can easily appraise the ring for you with more appropriate testing methods. Good luck.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey
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Feel good about it. Pure platinum, like pure gold, is much softer than alloys.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

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