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Why Choose A Platinum Engagement Ring?

14th October 2015 by Rebecca Smyth, posted in Metals

Platinum is a white metal which is highly sought after for its rarity, long-term durability, non-reactive properties and most importantly, its beauty. A symbol of unsurpassed quality and prestige, platinum’s low reflection rate acts as the perfect canvas for the icy brilliance of diamonds, making it the preferred white metal for engagement and wedding rings.

Platinum is a white metal which is highly sought after for its rarity, long-term durability, non-reactive properties and most importantly, its beauty. A symbol of unsurpassed quality and prestige, platinum’s low reflection rate acts as the perfect canvas for the icy brilliance of diamonds, making it the preferred white metal for engagement and wedding rings.

Platinum is the 72nd most abundant element in the earth’s crust and it is mined at about 1/10th the rate of gold, which makes it rare and valuable. Platinum is less brittle than gold, so where gold tends to break or snap, platinum is more malleable and will merely bend. This difference is invaluable when claws on an engagement ring mounting are taken into consideration. Usually the setting on a platinum engagement ring will only bend, keeping the diamond safe and secure.

cushion cut diamond halo engagement ring

A platinum engagement ring is about 34% more dense than its 18 carat gold counterpart and this increased heft is highly valued by platinum lovers. Although it does scratch, a platinum engagement ring is easily polished to its former state – without losing any of its weight – due to its densely packed molecules. Compare this with gold, which loses a layer every time it is polished, platinum will maintain its prized heft. White gold is plated with rhodium to give it that “white and bright” appearance, which with normal wear-and-tear, will need to be re-plated every 1-2 years. Platinum, being a naturally white and non-reactive metal, does not need the upkeep to maintain its beauty like white gold.

lobster inspired platinum engagement ring

The advantages of a platinum engagement rings do not end there —it’s perfect for allergy sufferers or those with sensitive skin as it contains no nickel and is completely hypoallergenic. A platinum engagement ring compliments all skin tones and is the best choice for a ring that is crafted to be worn for a lifetime.