Thursday 9 May 2019

All About Shimmering Platinum Engagement Rings

Platinum is one of the most commonly used metals for engagement rings. The charm, beauty and durability of platinum are seen as a great metaphor for marriage itself. Right off the bat, platinum is a great choice to go for in an engagement ring – it’s classic, reliable and very good looking. Here is everything that you need to know before you get yourself a shimmering platinum engagement ring or wedding band.

What is Platinum?
Platinum is found in South Africa, Russia and even parts of North America. Majority of the platinum extracted from mines is used for industrial purposes, like catalytic converters in cars, and a minor percentage of it is used in jewelry. Even though the platinum used in jewelry is not 100% pure, it’s still used in big quantities as compared to gold. 18K gold jewelry has about 75% gold and 14K has about 58% gold while the rest is other metals. But jewelry grade platinum is usually 95%.

Few metals that are used to create a platinum alloy are Iridium, which is the most common metal used; Ruthenium, which is a durable and shiny metal and Cobalt that’s known for its high quality and bright finish.

Durability Is Its Biggest Strength
Platinum is definitely beautiful but the best thing about this metal is its durability. Because so much of pure platinum is used in jewelry you happen to get the best properties of the metal and the metal that it’s alloyed with. Engagement rings made with other metals like white gold need to be replated with rhodium every couple of years to keep them bright. But platinum does not need as much repairing. They are also quite resistant to damage from chemicals.

Platinum may be a good choice for people with an active lifestyle. Prongs that hold diamonds, as well as the shank of the ring, need to be strong to withstand knocks and blows. This is a non-issue with platinum as it’s stronger than gold and is less likely to be damaged or bent.

Platinum is a hypoallergenic metal so even if you have the most sensitive skin you can still wear a platinum engagement ring without worrying about it. When it comes to white gold, about 10% of the population is allergic to the nickel used to make the alloy but with platinum that is absolutely not an issue.

It’s Suits All Stones and Colors!
Platinum’s white and luminous glow suits all diamonds that are in the upper end of the color grade very well. It showcases them in the best light possible and really brings out their fire and brilliance. Platinum bands also look great with other colorful gemstones like sapphire, ruby and emerald.

Platinum can be a bit pricier than other metals and understandably so. After all, it is 30 times more rare than gold. However, it’s really worth the money especially for a long-term purchase like an engagement ring or wedding band. We hope you find the perfect one for your perfect one! Start your search here.


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