About Platinum

Platinum is among the finest, purest, and rarest precious metals. One of the strongest and most enduring of metals, it is also one of the heaviest. Platinum is ideal for jewelry that’s worn everyday because it shows little wear. If a piece of platinum jewelry is marked “Platinum” then it contains at least 95 percent pure platinum.

Platinum’s rich, white luster complements diamonds and other precious gems while its neutral color enhance a stone’s brilliance and depth.

As platinum’s pure white luster, strength and durability are recognized and admired; bridal couples worldwide are rediscovering platinum as the metal of choice for engagement, wedding and anniversary jewelry.

Modern knowledge of the metal dates from about 1736, when its existence in South America was reported by A. de Ulloa. Some of this platina [little silver], was taken to England, and soon thereafter many leading chemists published reports on it. A process discovered about 1803 by W. H. Wollaston for making the metal malleable made possible its commercial use for laboratory apparatus and other purposes. Although platinum was used as an adulterant for gold over a century ago, it is now considered the more valuable of the two.

Because platinum is superior to other metals in strength and durability, it offers a diamond the greatest protection. The breathtaking radiance of a diamond fused with the timeless elegance of platinum creates a rare and enduring symbol of love.

General FAQs

Why is platinum's purity important to me?

Platinum, one of the world’s strongest metals, is hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and extremely durable. Platinum has many uses. Its wear-and tarnish-resistance characteristics are well-suited for making fine jewelry. Platinum and its alloys are used in surgical tools, laboratory utensils, electrical resistance wires, and electrical contact points.

Section 2Is platinum the same as white gold?

No, it is quite different. During World War II, the U.S. government prohibited platinum use in nonmilitary applications, including jewelry. Because of strong consumer preference for platinum’s pure white luster, white gold was substituted in platinum’s absence. To create white gold, yellow gold is alloyed with other metals to achieve a white look. However, platinum is white to begin with and maintains its white luster permanently. Its purity, strength, rarity, durability and naturally rich, white color make it the best choice.

Will platinum scratch?

Signs of wear, including scratches, will inevitably appear in all precious metals, even in platinum. However, due to platinum’s durability and strength there are usually little metal lass when the piece is scratched. If your platinum jewelry does develop visible scratches, you should have the piece repolished by a professional jeweler.

How should I care and clean my platinum jewelry?

Platinum jewelry should be cleaned the same way you clean other fine jewelry. Use a good prepackaged jewelry cleaner available at your local jeweler or have it professionally cleaned by your local jeweler. As with all precious jewelry, handle with care, not allowing pieces to touch or scratch each other.