Platinum is often described by the phrase pure, rare, and eternal. It is the most special of the precious metals.
Pure: The purity of platinum is indicated by its percentage. Most platinum rings, such as Blackcarat’s, are 95% pure and are stamped inside as PT950. Lesser quality platinum rings (PT900) are sold by a few dealers and should be avoided. Bright shiny platinum is the perfect compliment to precious stones, such as diamonds, and will not tarnish in colour over time.
Rare: The rarity of a metal is often reflected in its value, and platinum is no exception. Expect to pay more for this most precious metal. It makes an excellent investment as the price continues to rise.
Eternal: Platinum should last a lifetime thanks to its highly durable nature. Over time, the surface of platinum gains tiny scratches, giving it unique character and an almost matt effect. Unlike gold or silver, it will not wear away or change shape - making it perfect for holding precious stones firmly in place.
More expensive and pure than gold?
Value is determined by availability; the more rare something is, the more valuable it becomes. There is relatively very little platinum in existence and it is found in very few places around the world. Consequently, the price of platinum is invariably higher than that of gold, although gold has been rapidly catching up over the last few years. Platinum rings are generally 95% pure in the UK. In comparison, 18 carat gold jewellery is 75% pure gold; so with platinum you are getting a purer metal. Because platinum is dense, a platinum ring will always be significantly heavier than its equivalent in another metal. Platinum does not wear away and does not require re-plating. And, because platinum has a far higher melting point than other precious metals, a high level of craftsmanship goes into the process of making a platinum ring.
The difference between platinum and white gold?
White gold is a combination of yellow gold mixed in with other metals. It is usually finished with a plating of rhodium. Initially this provides the ring with a shiny white finish, but over time it can tarnish and slightly yellow. We also provide purer palladium rings for those with a tighter budget. Platinum is much denser than white gold and the difference is obvious when holding two comparable rings. Platinum is 40% heavier than an equivalent gold ring. Platinum, although more expensive, is the rarer more superior metal - with men particularly loving the chunky dense feel.
Does platinum scratch?
All rings gain character with tiny scratches, bumps and wear and tear, and over time platinum acquires a matter finish which tells its life story. It is a good look for platinum but you can choose to get the ring polished up again by a qualified jeweller. As durable as platinum is, it's important to remember that it is precious and needs to be taken care of. It is not indestructible, so housework, gardening and other heavy work could further effect the appearance of your platinum ring.