Why Choose Platinum?
Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! In partnership with Platinum Guild International, we're talking all about platinum engagement rings and fine jewelry. Listen in to hear our thoughts on choosing platinum! 💍
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One of the most common questions I get about engagement rings is choosing between white gold and platinum for the metal band. After all, they look very similar! However, I recommend choosing platinum for your bridal jewelry for 3 key reasons:
- Platinum is an inherently white metal, meaning it won't get yellow over time. White gold is made with yellow gold and other mixed alloys in order to achieve that white metallic look. However, with lots of wear, the gold will start yellow in certain places and will require rhodium plating occasionally to maintain the whiteness.
- Platinum is both very malleable yet durable. So with platinum, although you might see nicks and scratches with wear, the metal is not wearing away, rather, it's just being shifted around. With white gold, nicks and scratches mean that the metal is wearing away. You can always take your platinum metal back to a jeweler to burnish the scratches without losing any metal.
- Platinum as a 95% pure metal means there it is generally allergy safe! For those with sensitive skin or are prone to metal allergies, having white gold can potentially cause irritation to your skin
Even though yellow gold bands have become popular recently, we always recommend going for a two tone option if you do choose to have a yellow gold band. This essentially means that the setting basket and prongs holding the diamond of your engagement ring will be platinum.
I hope this answers all your questions and let me know if you have any more about anything platinum!