White Metal Jewelry: Platinum

Pure, rare, eternal – these qualities set platinum apart. A favorite of famous jewelry designer Peter Carl Faberge and the metal of choice for “platinum blondes” in Hollywood’s heyday, this precious metal has enjoyed yet another surge in popularity in recent years, particularly among discriminating bridal buyers.

Platinum ringPlatinum’s luster complements the sparkle of diamonds and gems. Its finish can range from a bright polish to a soft matte finish.

Jewelry made with platinum will have markings of Platinum, Pt, or Plat, meaning that it contains at least 95% pure platinum. If marked “iridiplat,” it contains 90% platinum and 10% iridium, another platinum group metal. Platinum content is shown as 999 for 99.9% pure platinum, 950 for 95%, 900 for 90%, 850 for 85%, and so on.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Platinum’s strength assures you that your most precious diamonds and gems will be protected and secured. Platinum’s purity makes it hypoallergenic and thus the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin, and its durability makes it ideal for wearing everyday, as it sustains very little metal loss over a lifetime of wear.

Some wearers of brightly polished platinum jewelry may not like the “patina” that platinum naturally develops over time, but the bright shine can be restored with a simple repolishing. Others may find that platinum’s heaviness doesn’t suit certain styles, such as large earrings.

Source: Jewelers of America
Image: Platinum Guild