Do you want a ring that will be stunning in 30 years? Most likely, you do. And did you know that platinum is one of the few precious metals available that will remain gleaming and white in 30 - 50 - even 100 years? Platinum rings are slightly more expensive than other white metals, but there's a good reason for it. You spend extra for a ring that is more durable than other metals, one that you won't have to maintain in the future, one that you can hand down for generations, and one that you won't have to worry about. If someone is searching for a white metal, we always recommend platinum for a variety of reasons. Here are a few lesser-known reasons why this metal should be seriously considered.
Platinum - A Lasting Legacy
When purchasing a ring, it's difficult to consider the long term. When you're in a store, everything appears to be shiny and new. But what about in 30 years, when your ring has gone through some regular wear and tear? How will your ring's metal hold up?
Platinum is a naturally white metal that, unlike its close competitor, does not require any future care to maintain its hue. White gold, which is designed to resemble platinum, begins to yellow over time. To retain the same hue, it necessitates constant care, which you never have to worry about with platinum. Platinum is indestructible and will never fade or change color. Platinum, like all precious metals, will ultimately exhibit signs of wear. Because of its enduring nature, platinum is one of the most durable precious metals for a ring, and it will wear the best of any precious metal.
When platinum is scratched, only a small amount of metal is lost. Scratching gold, on the other hand, causes slivers of metal to be lost, resulting in rapid metal loss. Platinum retains its volume over time and acquires a warm patina finish that gives the ring character. The metal displacement actually helps to harden the ring. The ring's surface eventually records a lifetime of wear and memories, making it ideal for passing along to loved ones. Platinum will age beautifully with regular cleaning and/or polishing.
Because platinum is so much more uncommon than gold, it's also ideal for family heirlooms. It's 30 times more uncommon than gold! Every year, about 88 tons of platinum are used to produce jewelry, vs 2,700 tons of gold. Platinum is valuable and will retain its value throughout time due to its scarcity.
How to Wear Platinum
There are so many unique style options that platinum boasts. And that means that there are a multitude of style options out there so that any man can be sure to find the perfect platinum ring to fit his unique personal style, regardless of what it may be. In terms of color, platinum really does go with anything, it is a “plain” color, but this gorgeous metal is anything but. Platinum boasts a sheen that truly is demanding of the attention of anyone who looks your way. So wherever you go, or whatever you wear, you can be sure that your platinum ring is going to look remarkable on you.
Caring for Your Platinum Ring
Despite the fact that platinum is significantly denser than gold, it is nonetheless prone to dings, dents, and wear over time. When platinum loses its brilliance, it develops a patina, which is a change in surface texture and color that gives it a frosted appearance.
But here's the thing: if you don't want patina on your ring, you don't have to have it. Polishing the ring will eliminate the patina and restore it to its former gleam. And what if you adore the patina? You can keep it, and you'll spend less time cleaning your ring. There is no better or worse option, thus it is a matter of personal preference.
You should do the following to keep your platinum looking new:
Remove it when using chemicals (such as bleach) or other abrasives, as these might scratch the platinum and potentially damage the center stone.
Wear your ring just when you need to use your hands a lot, such as when you're working in the garage or in the yard, or while you're working out.
Keep it apart from the rest of your stuff in your jewelry box. Platinum is scratchable, and it can scratch other jewelry as well.
Preventing wear is the best method to keep your ring looking new, however it will get dirty and need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Platinum should be cleaned with a gentle jewelry cleaner designed exclusively for platinum. If that isn't a possibility, mild soap and warm water can be used instead; simply scrub the ring gently with your fingertips and dry with a lint-free cloth. Never soak your rings in a cleaning solution since the center stone may be damaged. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush, remove any surface filth. Be sure to always take your ring in for a proper, professional cleaning and inspection at least once every six months as well to ensure its stunning brilliance and longevity.
If you're considering platinum for a ring, you'll undoubtedly be making a wise decision. However, platinum is more expensive than gold, so you may have to spend a little extra. However, now that we are aware of the advantages of platinum rings, if you have the financial means, it may be a great purchase due to its durability, strength, and ability to reflect light.