Platinum Rings: The Complete Guide

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With its lustrous, silver-colored tone, it's no wonder platinum is one of the most popular metals for fine jewelry. And when it comes to engagement rings or wedding bands, the precious metal is the material of choice for plenty of couples.

What Is Platinum?

Platinum is a silvery-white premium precious metal that’s revered for its luster. Platinum is one of the most expensive of the precious metals because of its stunning appearance and superior durability.

Jeweler and designer Ryan Atlas reports that what continually surprises him the most about platinum is how consistently popular they are for engagement rings and wedding bands. “Although different types of gold have risen and fallen in fashion over time, platinum has maintained a steady fan base for decades for its color, durability, and luster.”

Meet the Expert

Ryan Atlas is an experienced jeweler with Brilliant Earth. He is a creative design professional with extensive experience in the jewelry industry.

Curious if a platinum ring is the best ring metal for you? Read on for everything you need to know about platinum engagement rings.

Pros and Cons of Platinum Rings

“With daily wear, platinum sustains small scratches more easily than other metals, and may start to take on a matte appearance—many people seek out the slight patina look this gives platinum jewelry," Atlas says. "Like fine leather, these scratches actually make platinum jewelry more durable and beautiful. Because platinum is naturally hypoallergenic, it’s also a versatile choice that will accommodate a variety of metal sensitivities.” Platinum rings look especially lovely when set against sparkling diamonds. Add in the fact that platinum is hypoallergenic and timeless, and it’s easy to see why it’s so in demand. 

What to Look for In a Platinum Ring

Here are a few questions and answers you should know before purchasing a platinum ring.

• What is the history of platinum? Platinum started to be widely used in fine jewelry when designer Louis Cartier rose to prominence towards the end of the 19th century. He was innovative with his use and design of platinum to bring out both its luster and strength. Not long after it became popular among French royalty, platinum slowly became widely available throughout the 20th century. In the past two decades, platinum has only increased in popularity.

• How does platinum compare to other metals? “Perhaps the biggest myth about platinum is that white gold and platinum are essentially the same metal, or that white gold is the better value,” Atlas says. Besides their similar appearance, platinum and white gold are quite different. “White gold is yellow gold that has been alloyed with certain metals and plated with rhodium to give it its white appearance, while platinum is naturally silvery-white."

• Do platinum rings maintain their color? "While platinum is generally slightly more expensive than white gold, white gold will periodically need to be re-plated to maintain its color, and platinum will not," Atlas says.

• How does platinum compare with palladium? Palladium is another newer option that is sometimes confused with platinum. Yes, they are both extremely durable and hypoallergenic, but they are otherwise quite different. Atlas says that palladium is slightly harder, making it more scratch-resistant but also more difficult to resize than platinum. It is also a bit darker in color, lacking the extra luster platinum offers. Overall, platinum is stronger, providing better resistance to corrosion and discoloration.

• Do platinum rings require a lot of maintenance? Platinum is a very low-maintenance metal, making it a better value for some despite the initial price difference.

How to Care for a Platinum Ring

Platinum is very resistant to corrosion, so it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. “Platinum’s beautiful silvery-white color coupled with its gorgeous shine is one of the reasons it’s so highly sought after. It will also maintain its color over time while other metals can lose theirs as they age,” Atlas says. Platinum is easy to polish at home which can save time and money since you don’t have to often take it to a professional jeweler for cleaning.

Ahead, scroll through 20 platinum engagement rings and platinum wedding ring sets.

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Brilliant Earth Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

The 1 ¼ carat diamond that’s the centerpiece of this halo engagement ring may be the first thing one notices, but the eye cannot help but see the side diamonds that are entwined around a ribbon of platinum. 

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Tiffany Soleste Heart-Shaped Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring

Tiffany Soleste Heart-Shaped Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

This sweet platinum engagement ring from the legendary Tiffany & Co. is all about the heart and luster of its diamonds. It has a heart-shaped cut diamond at the center and smaller diamonds along the platinum band.

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Brilliant Earth Three Stone Trellis Platinum Diamond Bridal Set

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This antique-style platinum engagement ring and wedding band set is eye-catching and elegant. The engagement ring has a three-stone trellis setting with two round diamonds centering a larger diamond. The wedding band is designed with a curve to fit perfectly against the engagement ring.

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Blue Nile Garland Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

Blue Nile Garland Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

Courtesy of Blue Nile

The contrast of the sapphires and diamonds in this platinum engagement ring creates a beautiful visual, and its intricate design makes it hard to look away. 

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Cartier Platinum Destinée Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Cartier Platinum Destinée Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Cartier

Cartier is revered for its beautiful jewelry, and this platinum diamond engagement ring proves that point. It has a pear-shaped center diamond and brilliant-cut pavé diamonds surrounding the primary diamond and also set along its platinum band.

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Ben Bridge Bella Ponte Engagement Ring Setting in Platinum

Ben Bridge Bella Ponte Engagement Ring Setting in Platinum

Courtesy of Ben Bridge

This modern-style platinum engagement ring has a diamond set in a six-prong head, and a bridge of diamonds is placed beneath the primary diamond. 

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Kirk Kara Platinum Pirouetta Split Shank Engagement Ring

Kirk Kara Platinum Pirouetta Split Shank Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Richter & Phillips

This Kirk Kara platinum engagement ring has a romantic design with a shimmering center stone that’s set off by three rows of diamonds in a ribbon design along each side.

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Bella Luce White Cubic Zirconia Platinum Over Sterling Silver Ring

Bella Luce White Cubic Zirconia Platinum Over Sterling Silver Ring

Courtesy of JTV

If you are getting engaged on a limited budget, you may want to consider platinum over sterling silver for a glamorous look at a fraction of the price. This lovely Bella Luce ring features a marquise-shaped center stone of cubic zirconia and intricate metalwork on the sides.

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James Allen Pear-Shaped Platinum Engagement Ring

James Allen Pear-Shaped Platinum Engagement Ring

Courtesy of James Allen

The pear-shaped diamond of this ring brings pizazz and show-stopping beauty to it, while the smaller diamonds that line the platinum band add to the overall beauty of the ring.

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Tiffany Bow Ribbon Engagement Ring in Platinum

Tiffany Bow Ribbon Engagement Ring in Platinum

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

This Tiffany & Co. bow ribbon platinum engagement ring is the perfect choice for glamorous brides. It has a stunning center diamond and loops of smaller diamonds set in platinum. The bow-shaped design is a homage to 17th century France when such jewels symbolized love and marriage.

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Brilliant Earth Platinum Luxe Viviana Diamond Bridal Set

Brilliant Earth Platinum Luxe Viviana Diamond Bridal Set

Courtesy of Blue Nile

This classic bridal set has a wedding band and engagement ring that mesh so well together one may at first think they are simply a double ring. The elegant, classic platinum engagement rings have scalloped pavé diamonds around three-fourths of the band and engagement ring. 

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Diamond in the Rough Classic Ring

Diamond in the Rough Classic Ring

Courtesy of Diamond in the Rough

This pièce de résistance deserves to be shown off. With a yellow clear diamond center and a micro pavé diamond band, it's the perfect option for brides looking to walk down the aisle in style.

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Anna Sheffield Oval Bea Platinum and White Diamond Ring

Anna Sheffield Oval Bea Platinum and White Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

Say "I do" to this exquisite platinum ring featuring white diamonds and a knife-edge band. The oval-shaped center stone is made unique by trillion-shaped white diamonds on both sides. 

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1stDibs Platinum GIA Emerald Cut 2 Carat Ring

1stDibs Platinum GIA Emerald Cut 2 Carat Ring

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Be prepared to make a statement with this conversation-starting three-stone platinum engagement ring. One emerald-cut diamond in the center is flanked by a pair of smaller diamonds for a high-impact look.

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DB Classic Half Eternity Band in Platinum

DB Classic Half Eternity Band in Platinum

Courtesy of De Beers

This standout half-eternity ring from De Beers packs no shortage of excitement, especially if you're a contemporary bride. A platinum band is made extra-special by the addition of several round brilliant diamonds on a prong setting.

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De Beers Aura Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

De Beers Aura Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

Courtesy of De Beers

Now, here's an engagement ring style that's fit for a princess. This solitaire ring is partly inspired by ceremonial wedding crowns, hence the halo of micro pavé diamonds surrounding the round diamond in the center. 

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Tiffany Soleste V Ring

Tiffany Soleste V Ring

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co

For the minimalist at heart, this stackable v-shaped ring will be the perfect match. A streamlined silhouette is balanced out by five hand-set round brilliant diamonds.

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De Beers Aura Half Eternity Band in Platinum

De Beers Aura Half Eternity Band in Platinum

Courtesy of De Beers

This diamond eternity ring with a solid platinum band commands attention for all the right reasons. Each of the five round brilliant diamonds is surrounded by a halo of shimmery micro pavé diamonds for a wow-worthy finish.

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Shane Co. Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

Shane Co. Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

Courtesy of Shane Co.

This incredibly stunning platinum engagement ring is characterized by a vintage-inspired setting and detailed milgrain band. In addition to a center diamond, six smaller round diamonds lend just the right amount of sparkle.

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Tiffany Ribbon Engagement Ring in Platinum

Tiffany Ribbon Engagement Ring in Platinum

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

It doesn't get more classic than this Tiffany & Co. platinum engagement ring featuring a dazzling diamond center. The elegant design (meant to evoke a Tiffany's bow) includes a diamond-encrusted band that can be admired from every angle.

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