Platinum is a strong precious metal that is used to make high-end jewelry. Platinum may
be similar in appearance to white gold, but it has different characteristics which we will cover below!
Platinum is more expensive than both yellow and white gold for a number of reasons. Platinum is
harder to discover in nature, and therefore less mined than gold. Platinum is also far heavier than
gold, so the same ring will weigh more when crafted
in platinum instead of gold (metals are priced by weight). Platinum rings are made almost entirely
of platinum (about 95%), while gold rings contain a higher percentage of alloys; this increases the
value of platinum rings
Platinum is denser and more durable metal than gold. It holds up well to wear and tear, though it
also has a substantial weight (not the best choice if you want a very light ring). Though platinum
is more durable than gold, it can still scratch
over time, developing a patina finish similar to an antique piece of jewelry. Many couples love
this vintage aesthetic, while others prefer to have their platinum rings repolished to a nearly new
Be Consistent with Your Metals
The precious metal you choose for your wedding ring set will depend on your budget, style and
personal preferences. Whatever metal you settle on, keep it consistent across your matching rings.
White gold and platinum have a similar appearance,
but their color differences will be stark if you wear them side by side (for example, a platinum
engagement ring with a white gold wedding band).