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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!

Appearance

Platinum has a natural silver-white appearance that complements the brilliance of diamonds. While platinum’s shiny finish may dull over time but it does not fade to a yellowish color and require more frequent repolishing as white & yellow gold does.

Price

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

Durability

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 appearance.

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).