Choosing a metal for diamond engagement rings can seem like a daunting task. It is crucial to choose a band and a setting that are going to last a lifetime, especially if you plan on wearing the ring every day. Platinum is an excellent choice for both the diamond engagement ring and the actual wedding band; not only is it a beautiful choice that will always pair well with other jewelry, it is also very durable.
Platinum is a rare precious metal with a heavy weight that makes it more durable than other metals. Even with constant use, platinum does not wear away. Platinum even suits people who prefer the sleek luster of silver over the shimmer of gold; its white luster makes it a lovely encasement for a diamond and offers a more durable version of that sleek silver shine. Of course, any color stone will shine brightly against a platinum band. It will either complement or create a stunning dichotomy with its yellow-gold touches.
Platinum, like gold, is marked by its purity. The US Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, distinguishes the amount of pure platinum in parts per thousand. Any piece of jewelry that is marked at least 950 parts per thousand of pure platinum is allowed to be called “platinum.” If the piece of jewelry only contains 850 or 900 parts, it will be marked with a “Plat” or “Pt.” If the other “part” of mixed metals is at least 500 parts per thousand, it will also be indicated on the piece.
In terms of wedding bands and diamond engagement rings, platinum continues to be one of the most popular and sought-after choices. Because it is a rare precious metal, you can expect to pay more for it than you would for a gold ring. If you love the look but cannot afford the “real deal,” 18k white gold is always a good alternative. Just remember that gold scratches more easily since it is a softer metal. Those who plan on wearing their wedding bands daily and who are constantly using their hands, should save up the extra money for platinum bands. Buying a platinum band may be expensive, but it will save you the heartache caused by a damaged ring.
With the use of the internet, it is easy to find fine jewelry online, where you may snag better deals and discounts. Enjoy the platinum selection process; the real challenge will be to choose the perfect diamond!