An engagement ring, or wedding band, is a beautiful symbol for any couple starting their journey together while showcasing their own style and flair. There are many metal choices to choose from for your ring, yet there is one that always stands out as the first choice, platinum! Understanding what platinum is, its wearability, history, and symbolism may help you decide if it is the best choice for you and your ongoing romance.
What You Need To Know--
What is Platinum?
Platinum is a natural, rare, white, dense metal. It is soft, durable and malleable making it easier for jewelers, and setters, to work with rather than other metals such as white, yellow or rose gold. Platinum is a pure metal, not mixed with any other metals.
• Caring For Platinum
Platinum is naturally white in color, and is a denser, more durable metal. It can handle more wear and tear, therefore requiring less maintenance over time than white, yellow or rose gold. If you are looking for a pure metal with less maintenance, platinum should be your main contender. Important to note, platinum will only need a cleaning approximately every 5-10 years. In addition, white gold contains nickel, which many people have an allergic reaction to. If you are looking at white gold rings, make sure you don't have that allergy! Platinum does not have this component. Whichever you choose, white gold or platinum, you will be wearing a beautiful metal that you will enjoy for a lifetime of happiness.
• The Cost of Platinum
Since platinum is a denser metal, it costs more per gram (or per pennyweight) than gold. Platinum weighs 1.5 times more than gold, therefore will always cost more. White gold is, and always will be less expensive than platinum, yet will require more upkeep. Platinum is a relatively scarce metal. Its rarity also makes it decidedly valuable, meaning it is used only in one of a kind engagement rings and beautiful jewelry.
History of Platinum
Platinum was discovered in the 1700's. This beautiful metal started to come into its own during the 1920's and was the metal of choice when it came to creating engagement ring settings during the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. The majority of intricate engagement rings featuring diamonds and magnificent gemstones were manufactured during these stylish eras were made with pure platinum.
Meaning and Symbolism
• Love Symbolism
Platinum is a symbol of a pure, everlasting love and is associated with great strength and truth, character traits which everyone desires in their life.
• Era Symbolism
Platinum was the metal of choice when it came to creating engagement rings, wedding bands and luxurious jewelry settings beginning with the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. A majority of the intricate engagement rings originated during this time period with a resurgence in the 1970s and would make a stunning choice for any bride to be.
• Celebrity Symbolism
Platinum has graced some of the most popular fingers in Hollywood, including Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Any bride who chooses platinum joins this elite group of leading ladies who adore this stunning metal.
Platinum Popularity Circa 2021
A recent survey taken by Ringspo.com shows that 10.3% of the population wears a platinum engagement ring and is the third most popular setting. The most popular metal is white gold, followed by yellow gold.
Choosing a Platinum Engagement Ring
Platinum is known as a rare white durable metal with extreme strength that will last a lifetime. When it comes to engagement rings, wedding bands and magnificent jewelry there simply is nothing more desirable. This metals beautiful shine will help showcase your diamond, or one of a kind gemstone, like no other. There is also an undeniable understated elegance associated with a platinum engagement ring. You may love platinum for its beauty and grace or its symbolism of purity but whatever the reason you will be wearing a beautiful metal that you will enjoy for a lifetime of happiness.
Antique Rings For Everyone
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
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