Many consumers are looking to Platinum as the metal of choice for purchasing their engagement ring. Generally regarded as the best metal for diamond setting, we have set out below, the main factors supporting this, to briefly explain how Platinum differs, and just why this is such an ideal metal for jewellery.
Whist many metals such as 18ct White and Yellow Gold, are 75% pure, Platinum is generally 95% pure. The metal is alloyed with fewer substances, leading to our next point.
Platinum minimises the risk of any allergic reactions by being the precious metal with the least likelihood of causing a skin reaction. There is very little possibility of any irritation caused by wearing Platinum, making it an ideal choice, especially for those with sensitive skin.
Resistance to Wear
Let’s face it. There are no precious metals that are scratch resistant. Even stainless steel watch bezels tested to 200 Vickers (such as Bremont’s MBII range of watches) can be marked and scratched. Platinum is no different in this way. It does however carry the advantageous property of having enough surface strength to displace rather than lose metal. When platinum receives a scratch, dent or knock, it merely moves the metal, which can be moved back into place when re-finished.
One of the wonderful values of Platinum has to be the “back-to-new” factor, whereby Platinum is restored beautifully by re-polishing. The action flats the surface which can be brought back to a mirror like finish and restored to its glimmering, former glory.
Adding to a range of positive characteristics has to be the natural colouration. Unlike 18ct White Gold (75% pure gold, and subsequently lightly tinted) which has to be Rhodium Plated to provide the white finish, Platinum differs by having a consistent natural grey-white colouration and is prized for it’s natural whiteness so perfectly complementing the whiteness of a diamond.
Value & Rarity
The rarity of Platinum, combined with the cost to extract the metal from the ore, and the demand from both the jewellery industry, mean that the metal will retain its value, which will most likely rise over time.