Let’s face it: gemstones are sparkly and pretty and get all the attention. Other than “white or yellow,” the metal they are set in is commonly overlooked. But, like gemstones, each jewelry metal has its own properties and it is important to educate yourself about them before making such a significant purchase.
Platinum in particular is the victim of many misconceptions, so we’ve asked our friends at Platinum Guild International to break down platinum’s features into simple terms. Do you know which statements are facts and which are myths?
1. Platinum does not scratch.
MYTH. Like all precious metals, platinum scratches, however, when scratched, the metal is merely displaced. Other precious metals, if scratched, lose metal and thus wear down overtime.Platinum is rare.
2. Platinum is rare.
FACT. Platinum is one of the rarest precious metals on earth. If all the platinum ever mined were melted and poured into an Olympic-sized pool, the platinum would barely reach your ankles. By comparison, gold would fill three pools.
3. Platinum is a naturally white metal.
FACT. Platinum is an authentically white precious metal and requires little maintenance. Over time, platinum won’t change color or fade, and develops a rich patina. Platinum enhances the brilliance of diamonds and other gemstones.
4. Platinum is not hypoallergenic
MYTH. Many people suffer from metal allergies and get skin rashes from other jewelry metals. Platinum is hypoallergenic, which makes it the best choice for anyone with sensitive skin.
5. Platinum is not suitable for everyday wear.
MYTH. Platinum’s density makes platinum highly durable, so it doesn’t wear away over time. Other metals often lose little slivers of metal with every scratch, requiring many rings to be reinforced or re-shanked to replace metal that has worn away. Platinum’s strength and durability also make it the most secure setting for diamonds and precious gemstones. Platinum prongs offer better protection for diamonds, which is why the world’s most significant diamonds, from the Hope Diamond to the 60-Carat Taylor-Burton Diamond, are all set in platinum.
Everyone has their preferences, but consider these extraordinary qualities of platinum that set it apart from the rest when you’re making your next purchase! Click to learn more about platinum and other white metals before you shop.