Platinum engagement rings are incredibly popular, and for good reason! They are made of a naturally bright and durable metal that is more scratch-resistant than gold, and also a lot harder and heavier.
Platinum is the heaviest of the precious metals, and is approximately 30 times more rare than gold. It is found in only a select number of locations around the world—most notably South Africa and Russia. Each year, almost 10x the amount of gold is mined versus platinum.
Because of its high purity, platinum rings are naturally nickel-free, which make them largely hypoallergenic and a good option for those with sensitive skin. Its malleability and density make it the perfect choice for your custom engagement ring.
Platinum has a much higher melting point than gold, melting at 1,768°C (versus 1,064°C).
Platinum rings have a bright white finish that gives them a stunning sheen and makes them easy to clean with a simple buffing every now and then to maintain their stunning luster.
People often ask: how is a platinum ring different to a white gold ring? Firstly, platinum rings are heavier. Platinum also has a grey tinge, instead of white gold’s more silvery-white colouring. Finally, white gold is frequently plated with rhodium, which will wear away over time leaving the ring with a small yellowish tinge. Platinum rings do not require the same level of maintenance as white gold rings.
Despite the increased scarcity and higher price points for sourcing platinum, all of Ringcommend’s ring metals are provided for the same price—another great reason to select a platinum engagement ring!