Platinum is considered one of the rarer metals across the world. While approximately 1,500 tonnes of gold are mined annually, only 160 tonnes of platinum are excavated from a few locations, with roughly half of this going to industrial use.
With platinum being one of the world’s scarcest metals, it’s easy to see why any jewellery made from it can be more expensive than gold. However, despite the increase in price, it’s not immediately obvious what the pros and cons of a platinum ring are, other than the rarity of the metal.
What are the benefits of platinum rings?
They enhance a diamond’s sparkle
The natural colour for platinum is a silvery-white and this soft sheen will accentuate any diamond or gemstone that adorns the ring. Despite the sheen that comes with this luxurious metal, the neutral shade of all platinum wedding bands prevents any reflection in the stone and allows natural light to radiate off it.
They have excellent durability
Platinum is an incredibly dense metal, and while this typically means more of the metal is needed to craft a ring, it also means that they are extremely durable. With gold and white gold rings, the wear from every day knocks or scratches can quickly become visible. The white sheen provided by platinum is highly resistant and is the best metal for retaining the natural beauty you first saw when you bought the ring.
They don’t affect nickel allergies
While it’s only a small minority, some people have an allergy to nickel. With contact to the substance irritating the skin of those afflicted, finding engagement and wedding rings free of nickel is essential.
Unfortunately, white gold jewellery is typically made from pure gold which is then alloyed with nickel. While there are versions that don’t include the allergen, it may be best to look towards pure gold or platinum which are both free from nickel.
If you are worried about an allergy when picking any jewellery, then speak to one of our team to get the right guidance.
What are the downsides to platinum jewellery?
The rarity comes at a cost
That being said, the scarcity of platinum and the fact that the density requires more of the rare metal to create a ring, means that platinum jewellery is typically more expensive than pure gold or white gold.
However, the cost is a worthwhile investment as the band will help add an extra sparkle to the gem that sits on top of it.
There are plenty of reasons why customers would choose platinum over pure gold or white gold and while there are pros and cons to each type of ring, it all comes down to personal preference. Whether you’re still unsure or your heart is already set on a platinum engagement ring, make sure you take the time to look at all the other available options—you might just find something else that catches your eye.