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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 marquise-shaped center stone of cubic zirconia and intricate metalwork on the sides.
Tiffany Bow Ribbon Engagement Ring in Platinum
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.
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.
1stDibs Platinum GIA Emerald Cut 2 Carat Ring
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.