Friday, March 30, 2012

The Lasting Quality of Platinum

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When my husband and I got engaged, we decided to look for a setting together, narrow it down to a few, and he'd surprise me with his final choice. Because my mother has a platinum engagement ring, I knew that this was what I wanted as well. We also chose platinum wedding bands. In my culture, it's tradition to pass jewelry to your children and grandchildren, so it was important to us that our wedding jewelry last forever.

We took this quick pic of our rings on the way to our wedding after-party.



Platinum Guild International (PGI) confirms that precious platinum is the most durable choice for wedding jewelry. I love that our platinum jewelry resists scratches because we wear our jewelry every single day. When friction occurs against platinum, little metal is lost, and in fact, platinum get stronger with wear. In contrast, white gold, while also beautiful, would unfortunately lose much more metal over time and weaken. Platinum is 40% and 60% denser than 18K and 14K gold, respectively, so platinum diamond settings are the strongest and most secure of all. It's no wonder that the famous Hope Diamond is set in platinum!

I've just learned from PGI that the price of gold per ounce has risen higher than platinum for the first time in history. This means that, even if the retail price of a platinum item is higher than a gold item, the platinum item would be of higher value than the gold item just because platinum is denser. It may be a great time now for my husband and I to invest in some small pieces for our girls. Of course they would not wear their jewelry now, but we would put away their pieces for safekeeping alongside jewelry from their great great great grandmother. They were born in April so their birthstone is diamond. How nice it would be if we could get them some platinum and diamond stud earrings that they could wear on their graduation day, wedding day, and other special occasions. 
And my birthday is coming up in June (birthstone=pearl). Ahem.

    
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2 comments:

  1. My wedding ring is platinum, I don't think we could have afford to have brought it however - it was passed down to me.

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    1. Hi Rachael, yes that is exactly what we want to do...pass on our wedding jewelry to our girls and to their children as well. How lucky your ring was passed to you!

      Since we went with platinum, the design of my setting was in the plainer side. But after 7 years I still love it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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