This post brought to you by Platinum Guild International USA. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I got married I didn’t know how much one ring could mean to me. I didn’t know it would represent EVERYTHING to me. I didn’t realize how many memories would be created between two people that this one piece of jewelry would embody. Looking back now, I am so thankful that we chose precious platinum for my engagement ring.
- Platinum is the best value. The current pricing situation has lessened the price disparity between platinum and white gold engagement rings and wedding bands, meaning platinum rings are now more attainable than ever before.
- Platinum is the most secure setting for your diamonds. It is the densest precious metal (40% denser than 18K gold, and 60% denser than 14 K gold) which means the stone will stay tightly held for a lifetime.
- Platinum will never fade. Platinum is a naturally white metal, meaning it will never fade or change color, or need to be dipped or re-plated. On the other hand, White gold jewelry needs to be re-dipped about once or twice each year to retain its white color.
FUN FACT: Both the Hope Diamond and the Taylor-Burton diamond are securely set in platinum and all the great jewelry houses like Tiffany and Cartier only use platinum for engagement ring settings. Why would you trust anything less for your own setting?!
When it came to my husband’s ring, he wasn’t particular about it. What we know now is that we should have been. His recently lost a couple small stones from his gold band and it broke apart. We are both still pretty upset about it. We have decided that we will be replacing it with platinum. Platinum loses little metal to scratching or everyday wear; instead the metal is simply displaced on the ring’s surface, causing the ring surface to strengthen through work hardening. When gold is scratched, slivers of metal are lost and eventually the ring might need to be re-shanked to avoid breakage. Yikes! Choosing platinum will make sure that we never have to address this problem again!
When it came to your rings, what influenced your decision? Did you take the time to look into the kinds of metals and their advantages?