Purchasing an engagement ring is one of the most exciting events in life. The engagement ring not only symbolises two people’s love and commitment for each other, but if you buy smartly, then it can also offer great value today and into the future. A particularly sophisticated choice for engagement rings is platinum. Platinum engagement rings are known for quality, durability and elegance. For many, a platinum ring is the ultimate in beauty as well as quality. Without further ado, let’s begin this post which will tell you all that you need to know about platinum engagement rings.
A Little About The Metal
Platinum is the most precious and the densest of all metals. Its classy appearance made it a favourite of jewellery lovers. It is sturdier than gold, which of course, influences its price. Compared to gold, platinum is at least five times rarer and purer when used in jewellery. Typically, to be considered “platinum” the metal has to have 90% pure platinum but there is a new type of platinum available now which is called 585 platinum. It contains 58.5% platinum and 41% cobalt and copper.
Though they look very much alike, platinum should not be mistaken for white gold. These two are completely different metals in terms of strength. Unlike other metals, platinum does not expand or contract when it comes in contact with heat. It also does not tarnish, ever. It ages gracefully with a gorgeous patina. Platinum is a hypoallergenic metal which does not irritate the skin the way a gold mix can sometimes do.
Platinum goes with various types of jewellery and clothing. It also needs less maintenance than gold and many other metals.
Platinum engagement rings in the UK are sold with a hallmark. It indicates the quality and provenance of the ring. Other than the hallmark, some optional symbols are also included by the manufacturer to offer additional information to the buyer. One example is the mark of fineness which indicates the purity of the platinum. For instance, the mark 900 indicates 90% platinum, which is considered to be pure platinum. This mark of fineness is imprinted within a particular symbol which looks like a house.
Shopping for a platinum engagement ring, whether you are looking at new or second hand engagement rings for sale can be intimidating for people who are not familiar with platinum. Those who are looking to buy their lady love a platinum engagement ring will, hopefully, be well-informed after reading this post.