which was very popular in Grandma's day, is an entirely different metal
than white gold. Platinum jewelry is experiencing a comeback, and is
especially popular when accented with 18k gold. Many of the latest styles
of platinum jewelry are based on the old standard platinum jewelry of
Platinum has the same general
look as white gold, but if you put the two side by side you can see
a difference. Platinum has a brilliance to its shine that white gold
simply can't match, but you can lose some of the warmth of white gold
when making jewelry from platinum.
Platinum is a much stronger
metal than gold, so much so that jewelers who work with it usually have
special tools to accommodate it. Platinum heads are becoming popular
for diamond solitaires because of their general strength, and while
they are much more expensive than their white gold counterparts, they
should wear longer. Platinum is also harder to scratch, so the jewelry
does not need to be polished as often. However, one drawback is if you
need repair work, you may find it more expensive, or find it harder
to find a jeweler who does platinum repair on the premises.
Several years ago, platinum
and gold were similar in price. But as the price of gold has dropped
and platinum has risen in popularity, platinum is now much more expensive
than yellow or white gold.
If you are buying
an engagement ring, you can have the warmth of yellow or white gold
as well as the strength of platinum. Ask your jeweler about setting
the diamond in a platinum head instead of a white gold head on your
yellow or white gold band. If you already have your diamond ring, the
next time you need prong work, ask about having the head replaced with
a platinum head.
Platinum heads can provide extra security for your diamond, and can
actually improve your stone's apparent color twice as well as white
gold. I usually tell clients if they have to compromise when buying
a diamond, buy in the H-I-J color range and have the stone set in platinum
to make up for it. It will look just as good as that G-H diamond and
could save a lot of money.
Here at Mrs. Gottrocks, we are expanding our platinum line of jewelry
everyday. We hope this information has been of assistance to you as
you shop. Please feel free to email
us with your questions or suggestions for future topics.