Platinum Engagement Rings
A platinum engagement ring is an incredibly versatile and classic ring choice, as they possess a timeless elegance while encouraging a bright, intense and icy sparkle. Explore our selection of platinum ring designs, or create your own with our experts.
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What Is Platinum?
Platinum is a strong, lustrous, colourless metal that is rare and precious, and commonly used to make fine jewellery like engagement rings. Despite their similar appearance, platinum is not to be confused with silver, which is not suitable for engagement rings or fine jewellery. Whilst the word ‘platinum’ derives from the Spanish word ‘platino’, translating as ‘little silver’, platinum is actually far more durable and less prone to denting, scratching or corroding. Found largely in South Africa, platinum deposits are relatively rare, whilst also shaping up as a particularly beautiful and durable metal, making platinum one of the most adored and valued precious metals in the world. Create a timeless platinum engagement ring with the expert crafters at Hatton Garden jewellers, Queensmith.
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Should I choose a platinum ring over white gold?
Despite appearances, there is quite a big difference between platinum and white gold. Most people prefer platinum engagement rings because they require less maintenance than white gold. White gold has a buttery, slightly yellow tone, which is then coated with rhodium for the desired bright, silvery hue. Unfortunately, this plating will need replacing numerous times throughout the lifespan of the ring, as the rhodium wears away and the yellow tone of the white gold becomes visible. The prices of precious metals can fluctuate, but white gold and platinum currently cost the same.
Why choose platinum for engagement rings?
It could be argued that a platinum engagement ring is a sensible choice: the lack of colour means the metal suits all wearers, the metalwork does not warm the diamond with gold tones but keeps it bright and icy looking, and the ring will go with anyone's style and skin tone.
As well as the aesthetic versatility of platinum engagement rings, the natural durability of the metal makes it a great choice for fine jewellery. Whilst all metal types will scratch and scuff, platinum is by far the strongest metal for jewellery that may incur the knocks of daily life, the band will not thin, and the diamond or gemstone will be kept firmly in place.
You may choose to base your metal colour choice on the type of gemstone your engagement ring features. Colourless diamonds look their best when set in platinum, as the bright silver tones keep the diamond looking icy, bright and colourless. Platinum engagement rings greatly enhance a diamond, whilst in yellow gold or rose gold engagement rings, warm hues and traces of yellow, orange and pink may be picked up and reflected within the stone. One way of combating this is by using platinum claws or halo, and choosing coloured gold just for the band of the ring.
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How to Style Platinum Engagement Rings
Creating your unique engagement ring with bespoke jewellers means your design options are endless - but this may seem a little daunting. Viewing our core collection of engagement ring designs can be a great place to start, or you may wish to bring us a unique idea of your own. Either way, if you need a little inspiration, see our favourite style tips for platinum engagement rings.
The perfect match for a diamond
The lack of colour in platinum makes it the perfect accompaniment for a colourless stone, namely a diamond. Pairing the two together enables the diamond to remain as bright, colourless and clear as possible, without the interference of other colours being picked up. To further enhance the brilliance of your diamond engagement ring, try adding a halo of melee diamonds, which will encourage light to bounce around within and between the stones.
Platinum six claw engagement rings
A great design detail of platinum rings is its propensity to produce a classic engagement ring. Perhaps the most classic of engagement ring designs, a six claw solitaire engagement ring is the perfect style choice for platinum. Thought to have originated at the iconic jewellery store Tiffany, the six claw ring has an enduring style that transcends fashion in the same way platinum remains at the forefront of jewellery design: a winning combination.
Platinum diamond band engagement ring
A diamond set band adds a beautiful level of detailing to engagement rings made of platinum. Whether you choose a scallop, channel or pavé setting, the platinum metal work enhances the sparkle of each of the melee diamonds, which typically weigh between 0.18 to 0.001 carats. Choose a thinner diamond set band for something dainty and delicate looking, or go big for major sparkle.