PT950 Platinum Wedding Bands
All platinum wedding bands from e- Wedding Bands contain 95% pure platinum and are made from the highest quality seamless tubing, with the exception of a few of our unique and/or hand-woven styles. All of our wedding bands made from seamless tubing contain 95% platinum and 5% ruthenium. This particular platinum/ruthenium alloy combination -- generally referred to as PLAT or PT950 -- is the highest purity available in platinum bands. Platinum wedding bands made with ruthenium are harder and more durable than platinum wedding bands made with iridium or cobalt. We offer a few unique and/or hand-woven styles which are still 95% pure platinum, but are usually alloyed with iridium or cobalt, which are the preferred alloy metals for producing the finest and smoothest cast styles. We do NOT sell hollow or platinum plated wedding bands.
All of our platinum wedding bands are stamped with either PLAT or PT950, both of which indicate pure PT950 quality as required by the FTC. We strictly follow guidelines set by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Title 16, sec. 23.7 which states: (1) "The following abbreviations...may be used for quality marks on articles: "Plat." or "Pt." for Platinum. (2) An industry product consisting of at least 950 parts per thousand platinum may be marked or described as "Platinum." We want you to be 100% confident in ordering from us and knowing that you are receiving true PT950 platinum!
When deciding on the best precious metal for your wedding band, we would like to give you some information regarding different types of metals. We have received valuable feedback from our customers in the past and we would like to share that feedback with you.
How does Platinum differ from White Gold?
Unlike white gold, which is pure yellow gold mixed with alloys that overpower the yellow color and create an almost white color, Platinum is naturally white. Platinum is very durable and typically outlasts gold by many years. Platinum is also one of the heaviest metals, weighing almost 60% more than 14K gold. This property gives platinum jewelry the substantial feel that many people prefer. However, care and maintenance of Platinum is a bit more demanding than gold is. Read more about the maintenance of Platinum below. The Platinum offered by e- Wedding Bands is 95% (PT950) pure. White Gold is 75% pure (18K) or 58.3% pure (14K) and is combined with nickel and copper alloys.
How durable is platinum and why does e-Wedding Bands sell 95% pure platinum (marked PLAT or PT950) and not 100% pure Platinum?
Platinum in its pure form is relatively soft. When alloyed with Ruthenium, however, it is extremely strong and malleable. If we were to offer 100% pure Platinum, your ring would bend and scratch far more easily than PT950 Platinum does. The stamp of PLAT or PT950 on your ring is your guarantee that it is truly 95% pure. Some jewelers offer PT900 platinum which is no stronger and contains less platinum. We encourage you to be careful with PT900 as some jewelers use it to increase their profit by selling a customer inferior metal, and thus providing a lower value.
Why is Platinum more expensive than Gold?
Approximately 70% of the worlds platinum comes from South Africa, about 23% is mined in Russia, and the rest comes from places such as the U.S., Canada, and South America. In addition to being one of the most preferred precious metals for jewelry, more and more platinum is being used in other industries to produce everything from I-pods to big screen TV's to diesel cars, etc. This increased demand, along with fluctuations in global economies, typically keeps platinum prices higher than gold and palladium. Platinum requires the processing of nearly 10 tons of ore to produce each ounce. In comparison, gold requires only 3-4 tons of raw rock for the same yield. There are also fewer platinum mines: for every 10 gold mines there is only one platinum mine.
How do I care for and maintain Platinum?
No jewelry is completely resistant to scratches, and Platinum is no
exception. Although PT950 Platinum, alloyed with ruthenium, is very durable,
it is still a soft metal and will scratch easily with normal wear.
Oftentimes Platinum loses its new look a bit more rapidly than gold, but
with proper care can retain its new look. Unlike Gold which is easily
restored to a like-new appearance with just a few minutes of polishing and
cleaning, Platinum is more difficult to polish and refinish than gold. The
result is that Platinum is very beautiful when maintained, but maintaining
it can be a bit more time-consuming and costly than gold. Platinum can
develop a patina, a satin or antique sheen, with small scratches and scuffs
from normal wear. This patina, exclusive to platinum, is preferred and
sometimes even desired by many who wear platinum. But if this patina is not
favored, a platinum band can be polished at any time to look just like new.
For daily cleaning and polishing, our professional polishing cloths work
very well on platinum. The polishing cloth's soft, felt-like material is
loaded with special no-scratch microabrasives and a chemical cleansing agent
which work together for double cleaning and polishing action. Only $6.95.
Click here to order a professional polishing cloth.
A brief history of Platinum
The first Platinum processing techniques date to Ancient Egypt in 700 BC. Platinum was not widely used in jewelry design until the 18th century. From 1901-1940 Platinum was the metal of choice, lending its unique luster to classic Deco and Art Nouveau designs. In 1940, during World War II, Platinum was placed on the strategic metals list. This prohibited its use in jewelry fabrication and White Gold became the white metal of choice. After its removal from the restricted metals list, Platinum found widespread use in the electronics and automobile industries. By the late 1980s Platinum had begun its resurgence in fine jewelry.