Platinum: Is it the Right Choice For You? - Do Amore

Platinum

Platinum is a beautiful silver-colored metal that jewelers use in high-end jewelry pieces. Quite rare in comparison to other metals, “Plat” comes out of the ground naturally white. It is extremely dense, making it a durable metal in which to set gemstones. This density also gives Plat a substantial weight – you’ll notice it right away!

Purity

Just like gold, when used in jewelry, Platinum is mixed with other metals to make it more workable. In America, Plat is available in 900 (900 parts Plat and 100 parts other) and 950 (950 parts Plat and 50 parts other). There is not a substantial difference between the two in terms of utility or beauty. However, 950 Plat is typically more expensive.

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Purity

Quality

Allergen

Platinum 950

950/50

Fine Jewelry

Hypoallergenic

Platinum 900

900/100

Fine Jewelry

Hypoallergenic

Care

Because Platinum is a naturally white metal, it does not require rhodium plating like white gold does. So, there is no necessary upkeep with a Platinum ring. Instead, as Plat ages, it develops a darker gray “patina” from your daily wear. This patina is the result of minute scratches, effects from your skin oils, etc. Some people like to think of it as the life of their ring. Other couples prefer to have the patina refinished every few years to keep it bright. It is your choice!

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Platinum v. Palladium v. White Gold

Couples who want a “white” engagement ring are in luck – there are three options! In addition to Plat, Do Amore also crafts rings in white gold and palladium. Below are the differences between these metals:

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Plat

Palladium

White Gold

Color

White

White

Vanilla White

Heaviness

Heavy

Average

Average

Maintenance

Plat and Palladium will develop a "patina," which can be polished off, but most prefer to keep it.

None

None

Rhodium

Cost & Value

Metal values fluctuate greatly. Palladium cost and value has skyrocketed recently. This may change with time.

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$$$

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Other

N/A

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Settings that Pair Well with Platinum

Below are our favorite Platinum Engagement Rings and Platinum Wedding Bands! Do Amore is committed to ethical engagement rings, and these Platinum rings are made with recycled metal and conflict free diamonds!

Money Tips

There is no difference in appearance between 950 and 900 Platinum. So, a great way to save money when choosing a Plat ring is to pick 900!

1 Things to Ask Your Jeweler

  • 01.

    Purity?

    Make sure to ask what purity your Plat ring is. If possible, choose Plat 900, it’s less expensive.

Other Ring Resources

See our in-depth educational guides, which were made to give practical advice with every aspect of your ring.

Diamonds

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Moissanite

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Sapphires

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Gold Palladium & Platinum

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