Gold rings are fashionable and the chances of it going out of style are very less, but there are many other options to consider. One such option is platinum. Platinum is known for its quality, polished, glossy appearance and durability. It has become a popular choice among people getting married, engaged or celebrating their anniversary.
Platinum is a metal that has similar chemical and structural properties of metals like iridium, osmium, rhodium, ruthenium and palladium. These metals are collectively known as platinum group metals. Platinum has a natural bright, white colour that doesn’t fade with time. It is strong, long-lasting and tarnish resistant. However it scratches easily, but since the metal is solid, it doesn’t flake. This quality makes it excellent for engraving because the metal won’t wear away. It is heavier than gold and is hypoallergenic, i.e. it doesn’t cause any allergy.
Platinum purity is graded just like how gold purity is graded and since platinum jewellery contains much higher percentage of the pure metal than gold, the value is higher than gold. Pure platinum rings will be marked as Plat, meaning it must contain between 950 and 1000 parts per thousand of pure platinum. Platinum is usually mixed with other platinum group metals, such as palladium to give a brighter finish.
Some of the few design options available while choosing a platinum ring are:
* Round, Domed, Classic or Flat – The name refers to the exterior surface of the ring
* Round, domed and classic have a slightly curved band while bands have no curve at all
* Polished – The surface of the ring is smooth and shiny
* Satin – The surface is smooth, shiny and finely brushed
* Matte – It has more texture than a satin finish surface
* Milgrain – It has a raised, beaded ridge, which is usually around the edges of the ring
* Beveled Edge – The rings with this finish features edges cut with an angle
* Knife Edge – The centre ridge on the ring slopes to the ring’s edge
* Braid or Weave – It features a raised pattern that looks as if strands of metal have been woven together.
* Filigree- The rings with finish often have elaborate detailing of decorative elements
* Two-Tone – Rings of this finish have different kind of metal combined with platinum, such as gold centre stripe. Metals of similar colours can also be combined, such as platinum and titanium
* Precious Stones- These types of rings can have diamonds, a coloured stone or centre strip filled with small gems.
As mentioned above platinum is easily scratched. It is always advisable to remove the ring when doing any kind of heavy, manual work. Wiping the ring with a soft cloth or using mild soap with warm water are some of the ways you can take care of the ring.