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Platinum is one of the rarest metals on earth which also makes it one of the most expensive. Expect to pay a good deal more for platinum engagement rings than similar rings in gold. Its rarity and price are part of what make platinum engagement rings appealing and special.
Platinum jewelry has one of the highest purities of jewelry metals. Higher purity means higher quality. All platinum engagement rings should have a stamp on the inside indicating the percentage of pure platinum the ring contains. The abbreviations “Pt.” or “Plat.” stand for platinum, so if you see the mark “850 Pt.” or “850 Plat.” it means that 850 parts per thousand (or 85%) of the metal is pure platinum. Most platinum engagement rings in North America will be either 85% or 95% pure.
Sometimes you may see more numbers and letter that look something like this: “650 Pt. 300 Ir.” The first number indicates the amount of platinum, and the second stands for the amount of platinum group metal (metals with similar properties to platinum) in the ring.
Platinum engagement rings can be finished with either a highly polished surface or a “satin” surface. The polished look is shiny and reflective (much like most gold and silver rings). The satin finish creates a matte look which is quite unique. Both types are beautiful and depend on personal taste when choosing a ring. Different finishes go well with different types of gems. Ruby rings of platinum are stunning in any finish.
The “setting” means the part of the ring that holds the diamond or other stone in place. Often the setting is made of four or more prongs. Ensure that the setting of your platinum engagement ring is also made of platinum. Platinum is much stronger than gold or silver and will help to keep your precious gemstones in place longer.
Platinum is more durable than silver or gold, which is another good reason to choose platinum engagement rings. The shape will be retained longer than other metals, and the ring will be more resistant to scratches and dents.
Unlike silver, platinum engagement rings will not tarnish. The ugly black layer that forms over time on silver simply does not form on platinum. Platinum is also hypoallergenic and should not irritate the skin.
Platinum engagement rings are increasing in popularity and for good reason. Their unique look, rarity, strength and durability make them an excellent choice for your loved one.
If you are looking for a fabulous accompaniment to the ring, a platinum diamond pendant necklace is a perfect way to go.
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