Platinum Wedding Bands Guide

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Engagement is very special moment in everyone's life. Everyone wants all things should be perfect on that day. The beauty of an engagement is choosing a wedding band. With today's choices, a couple has far more options than ever before. Yellow gold will always be a timeless classic, but wedding bands, just like the times, are changing. Today's most popular options are white gold or platinum. There is an assumption that because of the same, shiny, whitish color, both metals are equivalent. However, that could not be further from the truth.

A white gold ring is an alloy of regular gold combined with other metals such as silver and palladium or nickel. Part of what makes white gold look almost identical to platinum is a finishing process that occurs when the ring is being made. The white gold ring is finished with a coating of Rhodium, a metal that shares many of Platinum's properties. While white gold is naturally a light shade of gray or has a slight yellow tint because of the natural color of gold, the Rhodium coating gives the completed ring a sparkly white color.

Platinum is the most expensive and popular choice in metal bands. This trendy metal is quite heavy, exceptionally hard wearing and 95% pure. Platinum is a rare, extremely long wearing, natural white luster metal. However, it can be used in its purest form when used in jewelry. Platinum jewellery, like other types of metal jewellery, can become scratched, but a scratch won't damage platinum in the same way that it damages other precious metals.

Platinum jewellery will maintain its color, brilliance and weight even when scratched, while other metals may lose their luster or become blemished or discolored. One advantage of platinum rings is that they can be cut-off the finger in the event of an emergency.

Here is another important consideration. Platinum is also very malleable so it conforms easily to the shape of the stone. This reduces the chance of the stone being damaged while it is being set. Sometimes in harder materials the ring-prongs can scratch the surface of the gem. In that sense, platinum would be a better choice for your ring than gold, as it will reduce the chance for loosely held gems falling out. However, when it comes to jewelry pieces such as earrings, gold would be a better choice since platinum is heavier than gold.

When choosing a platinum wedding bands, tend to opt for the simpler version, even though platinum allows for maximum versatility. A simple platinum wedding band can be bought for as much as about $145 with no specific higher range.

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