The Benefits and Pitfalls of Platinum Jewelry

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The Benefits and Pitfalls of Platinum Jewelry By Christine MacDonald

Today like no other time in history the choices in metals that can be used to make jewelry especially engagement rings and wedding rings is almost over whelming. A metal that may be new to many people is platinum, however it does have a rich history with its use in decorative pieces dating back to the 7th century and ancient Egypt. The use in jewelry and decor began its rise in Europe in the 18th century however it was not obtainable to those who were not royalty or extremely wealthy. In 1930's during the time of the great depression and WWII platinum became a controlled substance therefore its use in jewelry making was almost unheard of. It has only been in the last ten years that platinum has made a real resurgence. This metal has gained popularity in recent years among the general population however the price makes it an unrealistic choice for most of us. A platinum ring generally costs double the amount of its white gold counterpart therefore it still viewed by many as a symbol of wealth and status. Platinum is a white metal that is appreciated for not only its beauty but its strength and long wear ability. This is one of reasons many skilled jewelers especially those making high end items like to use platinum prongs in order to set diamonds and gems in their pieces. It is also a desirable choice because it does not oxidize and is hypoallergenic. Another characteristic that makes platinum stand out from the competition is that when it does sustain a scratch this will not cause further damage to your ring, where as if a gold ring is scratched the gold will continue to breakdown in that area. Unlike gold, high quality platinum has a purity of 95% and is often alloyed with metals such as titanium, copper, rhodium, palladium, iridium, osmium, and ruthenium. Platinum is rated by a 1000 count, with platinum of 950 parts per thousand being used to make high quality jewelry. It is recommended that if you are going to pay the money for a quality platinum piece that you do not buy anything below 850 parts per 1000. High quality platinum will have a mark stating what its count is and it should be and combination of the number such as 950 and the lettering Pt or Plat. If you ever decided to purchase or even try a platinum ring on the first thing you will notice is the weight of it. Platinum is a very dense metal therefore a platinum ring will weigh approximately 60% more than the same ring made from 18kt gold. As well platinum has a much higher melting temperature then gold, and can be heated over and over again allowing very small intricate pieces to
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made. Platinum allows a jeweler the flexibility to make pieces that are very elaborate and detailed without losing strength or durability. Platinum rings may not be for everyone however if the price is out of reach then an option may be to purchase a ring that has its diamonds or stones secured with platinum prongs. Other options can be to go to a simpler design with the added security that your ring will last or do to a ring with a mix of metals. For all your jewelry questions visit: http://www.everythingjewelery.com

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Jewelry Gone Platinum By Linda Polansky

Imagine a beautiful piece of platinum jewelry, offset with diamonds. Wouldn’t you just like to go and buy one immediately. Platinum jewelry displayed in jewelry shops attracts buyer’s attention with its cool white sheen, which is a quality very unique to this metal. Next to gold, it the most preferred metal for making jewelry. The history of using platinum in jewelry goes back to ancient times. It was first used in ancient Egypt, but became very popular only in the 18th century when members of royal families started to wear them. The world famous “Star of Africa” and ”Hope Diamond” are both set in quality platinum. During WWII, the U.S. government declared platinum as a strategic metal and after this declaration, it ceased to be used in jewelry and was confined to official purposes. Now, it’s made a comeback and is popular as it is considered one of the most precious metals to possess as part of one’s jewelry collections. Platinum is used to make jewelry because of its durability. Unlike other metals where a bit of the metal is lost when it is scratched or polished, platinum does not wear down. It’s a metal that’s designers like to combines with diamond because its white shine accentuates the brilliance of diamonds inlaid in the design. The strength of the metal helps to hold diamonds firmly in place. So if you are planning to get a diamond engagement ring for your fiancé, setting it using a platinum head will defiantly enhance the ring’s beauty. You will find platinum is used to make a variety of jewelry such as rings, ear-ring, necklaces, bracelets, pendants and much more. When buying platinum jewelry you will come across marks such as Pt 999, 950 Plat, 900 Plat. Each of these marks indicates the percentage of platinum used in making the jewelry and the presence of other metals. Pt 999 stands for 999 parts per thousand of platinum and 1 part of some other metal, Pt 950 indicates 950 parts per thousand of platinum and 50 parts other metal and Pt 900 shows 900 parts per thousand of platinum and 100 parts some other metal. Maintaining your platinum jewelry is very important, as otherwise it can loose its luster. You can maintain your platinum jewelry by soaking it in a mild solution of soap and warm water for some time. Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft-bristled brush to maintain its beautiful white luster. Linda Polansky writes about http://www.jewelryanddiamondguide.com, http://www.jewelryanddiamondguide.com/Coupons/Zales.html and http://www.SimplyBestCoupons.com

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