And appropriately, platinum rings are more expensive than even those made of gold. They are also heavier, giving a solid feel and weight that appeals particularly to men, but also to women.
As wedding bands, platinum rings are the premium choice. If money is no object, they are the most desirable and durable option available to couples.
Your platinum ring will retain its true white colour over time whereas even white gold rings lose their sheen and take on a yellow tint. It is stronger than gold and scratches do not show as easily on a platinum ring as on gold ones.
Platinum is the gentle giant of precious metals – despite its immense weight compared to other precious metals, it is surprisingly soft. It is commonly alloyed with other metals to make it harder.
Each platinum ring is required to have a stamp on its inside that specifies the exact composition of the metals it is composed of. For example, the term IridPlat or .90 Plat/Ir specifies that the ring is 90% pure platinum. A stamp of .95 Plat indicates what is considered pure platinum although it only contains 95% pure platinum. All platinum rings by Simply Suave are hallmarked 950 PLAT.
Many people find themselves torn between a platinum ring and one that is made of white gold. While white gold may be a more affordable investment initially, the platinum will pay for itself in the long term for two reasons. Firstly, platinum will not require polishing and plating to maintain its white colour – it is naturally white. Secondly, it is more resistant to scratches and will not require as much repair and maintenance to keep looking its best.
Its hardness and resistance to wear also makes platinum rings perfectly suited for designs that incorporate precious stones as insets. This is because the metal prongs that hold the stones in place are less likely to break.
Despite platinum’s extremely high melting point, which is almost twice that of gold, superior platinum-smiths can craft exquisitely detailed and intricate filigree work with platinum. The filigree of platinum rings outshines gold rings of the same respective purity level because goldsmiths eschew finer filigree which is more likely to sustain damage.
One way to distinguish between the quality of the workmanship of different platinum rings is to examine the depth of the engraving. Only better smiths have the ability to work at the high temperatures required and they can be identified by the deeper etches of the design.
It is only its relatively higher cost of platinum that prevents this amazing metal from becoming the most widely used metal for rings.