Platinum Diamond Engagement Rings

The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring.

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Platinum is a dense, malleable precious metal that is among the rarest elements on Earth. Almost 80 percent of the world's platinum is found in South Africa, and other deposits are present in Russia, Canada, India, and the United States. Most platinum is used for industrial purposes, but jewelry accounts for about 30 percent of all the platinum that is mined. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.

History of Platinum Rings

As far back as 1200 BC, ancient Egyptians used platinum mixed with gold to create jewelry and other items. Pre-Columbian Americans also used platinum-gold alloys for various artifacts. In the late 16th century, when the Spanish conquistadors discovered platinum in Central America, they threw it away, scornfully calling it platina, meaning little silver. In the mid-18th century, a study presented to the British Royal Society proclaimed platinum to be a new metal. However, due to the metal's high melting point and the necessity of inventing new refining techniques, pure platinum did not become available for widespread use in jewelry until the late 19th century in Europe and the early 20th century in the United States.

Platinum engagement rings became popular during the Art Deco period of the early 20th century, but then the use of the metal was curtailed during World War II, when the U.S. government declared platinum a strategic material and forbade its use for any purpose other than war. After armistice, decades passed before platinum once again surged in popularity as the go-to metal for fine diamond engagement rings.

Celebrities have long sought platinum settings for their engagement rings. A platinum ring housed one of the most famous diamonds of all time, the immense pear shaped Taylor/Burton diamond, which Richard Burton presented to Elizabeth Taylor at the height of their courtship. Queen Elizabeth II received a round brilliant cut diamond ring set in platinum from Prince Philip. A platinum band held the magnificent emerald cut diamond that Jay Z offered to Beyonce when he proposed.

Advantages of Platinum Rings

Platinum used in rings is generally about 95 to 98 percent pure, and its density gives it significant strength and durability. As it is far stronger than gold, the prongs on a platinum setting seldom bend or become damaged and hold your diamond with much more stability. Platinum bands do not lose their color, tarnish, or require constant repair. They are also impervious to chemical damage from household cleansers and other materials. Because platinum is denser than gold, it is also heavier, creating a comforting sense of presence on a finger. Additionally, the metal is naturally hypoallergenic, which means that it does not damage sensitive skin. Platinum's whiteness and purity goes well with any shape or cut of diamond.

Platinum Diamond Ring Settings

A wide variety of settings are available for platinum engagement rings. One of the most popular is the four-pronged or six-pronged solitaire setting. This setting highlights the beauty of a singular diamond, allows plenty of light to pass through it, and emphasizes the white shine of the platinum. The inherent strength of platinum causes the prongs to hold the stone securely in place.

The pave setting illuminates the engagement ring band with a multitude of tiny diamonds. The word pave, pronounced pa-vay, means "to pave" in French, and this setting paves the band with glistening stones. Platinum is the ideal metal for pave setting bands because of the need for strength in the tiny mini-prongs that hold the small diamonds in their holes.

A halo setting frames the larger central stone with a glittering complement of smaller diamonds. These enhance the appearance of the center stone and increase the overall sparkle of the ring. A lovely platinum band serves as the perfect background for a halo-illuminated gem.

The beautiful three stone setting symbolizes the past, present, and future of a couple's shared bliss. It features a larger central stone flanked by two smaller stones. Together the three stones provide enhanced scintillation, and a bright platinum band adds to the brilliance.

Diamond band engagement rings emphasize the brilliance and fire of a central diamond by encircling or half-circling the band in a complement of smaller diamonds. These surrounding stones may be inlaid in the band with dazzling pave accents, rise to the ring's peak in a dual encrusted band, or lie within a protective channel. Whatever their setting, they offer a spectacular display of elegance and sparkle.

Platinum Engagement Ring Styles

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer an eclectic selection of handcrafted platinum engagement rings with diamonds in an assortment of shapes and cuts. The most popular are round brilliant cut diamonds, which have 58 facets that provide maximum brilliance and fire. Next in popularity are square or rectangular shaped princess cuts. Oval cuts have elongated shapes that rival round cuts for brilliance. Emerald cut diamonds offer large table surfaces that provide strong reflections of light. Shaped like pillows, cushion cuts have a classic appearance and scintillating radiance. Marquise cut diamonds, originally created to resemble a pair of lips, provide a unique royal ambiance. Pear shaped diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, have timeless elegance with their broad shoulders and delicate tips that point towards the wearer's heart.

To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.

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