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With its lustrous, silvery-white 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.
The metal only 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 Platinum Compares to Gold and Silver
“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,” says jeweler and designer Ryan Atlas. Besides their similar appearance platinum and white gold are quite different. Atlas explains, “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. 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.”
Meet the Expert
Ryan Atlas is an experienced jeweler with Brilliant Earth. Located in San Francisco, California, Ryan is a seasoned creative design professional with extensive experience in the jewelry industry. Ryan has been at Brilliant Earth for over ten years, now overseeing all aspects of the jewelry design process.
The value of each kind of metal will depend on the amount of maintenance and care you are prepared to put into your jewelry. Platinum is a very low-maintenance metal, making it a better value for some despite the initial price difference.
Platinum is less malleable than gold and much brighter and shinier than silver, further explains Atlas: “White gold is generally not recommended for those with a nickel allergy, but platinum is hypoallergenic. Silver is also a relatively soft metal that is more susceptible to tarnishing, whereas platinum is corrosion resistant and does not tarnish, meaning it requires very little maintenance.”
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.
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. 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,” explains Atlas.
Platinum is very resistant to corrosion, so it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. 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.
“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,” says Atlas. It looks 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.
Atlas reports that what continually surprises him the most about it is how consistently popular platinum is 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.”
Ahead, scroll through 15 platinum engagement rings and platinum wedding ring sets.
James Allen Pear-Shaped Platinum Engagement Ring
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.
Shop Now: James Allen, $11,520
Brilliant Earth Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
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 also notice the side diamonds that are entwined around a ribbon of platinum.
Shop Now: Brilliant Earth, $2,190
Tiffany Soleste Heart-Shaped Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
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.
Shop Now: Tiffany & Co., starting at $9,650
With Clarity Platinum Lily Diamond Engagement Ring
This nature-inspired engagement ring has lily-shaped petals as prongs to hold the center round diamond. Its beautiful, simple band reminds one of vines for the flower-shaped setting. A matching lily wedding band is also available from With Clarity.
Shop Now: With Clarity, setting before diamond, $1,020
Brilliant Earth Three Stone Trellis Platinum Diamond Bridal Set
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.
Shop Now: Brilliant Earth, $3,740
Blue Nile Garland Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum
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.
Shop Now: Blue Nile, setting, $2,490
Shane Co. Halo Platinum Wedding Set with Round Diamond Accent
This platinum wedding set has a vintage-inspired design and detailing. There is a center 1.00-carat emerald cut diamond and sixty-five pavé-set round diamonds for the perfect touch of sparkle and sophistication.
Shop Now: Shane Co., setting, $3,450
Cartier Platinum Destinée Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
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.
Shop Now: Cartier, price upon request
Ben Bridge Bella Ponte Engagement Ring Setting in Platinum
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.
Shop Now: Ben Bridge Jeweler, $1,199
Blue Nile Signature Platinum Two-Stone Diamond Ring
If you want something a little different, Blue Nile has a double diamond platinum engagement ring. The two-stone diamond design of this ring symbolizes the harmony of union in marriage.
Shop Now: Blue Nile, $5,500
Kirk Kara Platinum Pirouetta Split Shank Engagement Ring
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.
Shop Now: Richter & Phillips, $2,670
Bella Luce White Cubic Zirconia Platinum Over Sterling Silver Ring
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 marquis-shaped center stone of cubic zirconia and intricate metalwork on the sides.
Shop Now: JTV, $39.99
Shane Co. Platinum Princess Cut Classic Cathedral Wedding Set
The wedding ring and engagement ring are perfectly matched, and the engagement ring has a gorgeous center stone. The set has eighteen princess cut diamonds along the bands.
Shop Now: Shane Co., setting, $4,170
Tiffany Bow Ribbon Engagement Ring in Platinum
If you have the budget for your engagement ring that’s on the larger side, this Tiffany & Co. bow ribbon platinum engagement ring is a glamorous choice. 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.
Shop Now: Tiffany & Co., starting at $20,300
Brilliant Earth Platinum Luxe Viviana Diamond Bridal Set
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.
Shop Now: Brilliant Earth, setting and band, $3,340