Rings have been a part of human culture for about as long as human civilization has existed. And while rings can be made from various materials — rubber, plastic, wood, or even woven grasses — metal has long been the preferred material for constructing rings. And, of course, the more precious the metal, the more valuable the ring. Thus the popularity of platinum engagement rings.
Engagement rings, in particular, tend to incorporate valuable metals into their designs. Gold is a popular choice in yellow, white, and rose gold varieties, as are some of the stronger metals such as titanium, zirconium, and tungsten. But for the perfect balance of beauty and durability, many couples are going platinum.
What Is Platinum?
About 30 times more rare than gold, platinum is one of the most valuable metals on earth. Platinum is a ‘transition metal,’ meaning it bonds very easily with other metals. Transition metals are also exceptionally high density, with a very high melting point. Despite these characteristics, platinum is also malleable, making it uniquely suited for use in jewelry.
Visually, platinum has a naturally white, reflective appearance. Platinum retains its shine through minimal maintenance and is highly resistant to tarnishing and corrosion. All of these things make a platinum engagement ring ideal for most people.
History of Platinum Engagement Ring
Platinum has been incorporated into art and design for millennia, with some of the earliest examples dating back approximately 4000 years to ancient Egypt. However, platinum didn’t become widely used in engagement rings until the 1800s. Until then, platinum was widely believed to be ‘unmeltable,’ making it very difficult to work within most circumstances.
In 1895, Edmond Fouche and Charles Picard created a specialized oxyhydrogen torch to heat the metal to 3215° F — platinum’s melting point. Following this advancement, platinum became a popular metal among jewelers. However, two world wars resulted in platinum being identified as a ‘strategic mineral,’ severely limiting its accessibility to the consumer market. It wasn’t until around the 1950s that platinum rings again became popular, particularly in platinum engagement rings.
Many people think that white diamonds plus precious metals make ideal engagement rings. If you use the 4 c’s to choose a beautiful center diamond and get a decent carat weight center stone, you will likely be pleased with your decision. The perfect ring for everyone is going to be different. You may consider building your own engagement ring to get the perfect match.
White, Yellow, or Rose Gold vs. Platinum Engagement Rings
Different couples have different expectations and desires when it comes to selecting an engagement ring. As such, in comparing gold vs. platinum, it’s challenging to determine which is superior. Which precious metal is suitable will vary, and you may want to design your own engagement ring si that it is perfect for you. Visually, platinum is most similar to white gold. But is platinum better than white gold?
Why Are Platinum Engagement Ring More Expensive?
From a purely cost perspective, platinum engagement rings are more expensive than white-gold engagement rings of similar quality — sometimes costing as much as 50% more! The exciting part is that gram for gram, pure platinum, and pure white gold are very similar in price.
The differences here are that platinum requires much higher purities than white gold and that platinum’s density demands more metal in constructing a ring. The result is a more resilient ring that you would get using rise gold, yellow gold, or white gold.
Additionally, the higher melting temperature of platinum vs. gold means that crafting platinum jewelry is a more complicated — and thus more expensive — process. Taken together, these factors contribute to a higher overall cost when you make platinum engagement rings at a metal shop.
Should You Choose White Gold or Platinum
White gold tends to yellow over time, losing some of its luster. This is because white gold isn’t actually white; it has to be mixed with other white metals and is usually plated in rhodium to offset its natural yellow hue. Over time, the rhodium plating will wear off, and the ring will have to be taken to a jeweler to have its rhodium plating restored (although the process is relatively easy and not overly expensive).
Platinum is naturally white in color, so it will not fade significantly, though wearers may wish to have their platinum rings polished from time to time. If you want a strong ring will low maintenance, a platinum engagement ring may be the way to go.
It’s also worth noting that while both platinum and white gold look spectacular when coupled with diamonds, they don’t necessarily look great with each other. This is because platinum is grayer in color, whereas white gold appears silvery. This color difference may become very noticeable, for example, if you wear a bridal set that includes a platinum diamond ring paired with a white gold wedding band. On the other hand, the ring’s setting, style, and the size/shape of the stone may make those differences less obvious.
Shopping for Platinum Engagement Rings
There are many advantages to choosing a platinum engagement ring. The purity of the metal can represent the purity of your love. Its durability stands as a metaphor for a strong personal commitment.
Platinum is entirely hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate the skin of wearers who may be allergic to those other metals in gold alloys. This makes platinum engagement rings the perfect choice if you have sensitive skin.
But not every platinum engagement ring is going to be the right choice for every couple. Here are some of the top things you should consider as you search for the platinum diamond ring of your dreams:
Best Platinum Engagement Ring Styles
Platinum engagement rings are well suited to essentially any style or arrangement of diamonds, including diamond solitaire, diamond halo, three-stone design, and vintage and classic styles. Just remember that the metal itself is beautiful, and if you overcrowd the ring with large stones or other pieces of jewelry, it may not shine through as easily.
Choose Precious Metals That Match Your Skin Tone
Although the difference is subtle, certain metals take on a slightly different hue when set against different skin tones. If you’re interested in purchasing a platinum engagement ring, it makes sense to first see what the ring will look like on the hand of the wearer.
While diamonds look good with practically every metal, they pair exceptionally well with platinum. Platinum’s natural white shine plays beautifully with the diamond’s sparkle. Consider selecting a diamond with maximum fire and brilliance to get the most out of this unique quality.
Platinum diamond rings are the perfect pairing of precious metal and eye-catching stone. But before you finalize your choice of diamond, consider first where the diamond comes from. Diamonds mined from the ground have a significant negative impact on the environment and create many tons of mineral waste. Additionally, these diamonds are often illegally traded and used to fund conflict in certain parts of the world.
Alternatively, lab-grown diamonds create no lasting environmental impact, are never used to support violence, and cost less than traditional diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are ethically sourced. Best of all, these lab-created diamonds are physically and visually identical to mined diamonds. So, consider going with the ethical choice when you’re shopping for a diamond for your platinum engagement ring.
Clean Origin is the world’s largest purely lab-grown diamond retailer. With an extensive selection of ethically sourced lab-grown diamonds, you can design the dream ring for you or your partner.