Platinum rings have a cool, casual chicness that many people love (including us!). Here at eWeddingBands.com we offer PT950 or 950 platinum wedding bands because they have the highest purity of all platinum bands. All our seamless tubing wedding bands are crafted of 95 percent pure platinum and 5 percent ruthenium, a mixture that produces a strong, durable ring you'll enjoy for years to come. Some artisan hand-woven styles contain 95 percent pure platinum and 5 percent of standard alloys such as cobalt or iridium. These rings are also very durable. What you won't find are wedding bands made of hollow tubing or platinum plating. Yeah, it's a taste and quality thing.
Classic Platinum Ring Styles The classic 950 wedding ring is a simple band with no fancy embellishments that signifies the enduring bond you have with your significant other. This ring style looks attractive on your hand, and is never too flashy. Browse for standard ring styles, beveled edge rings and carefree comfort-fit designs that fit like a glove.
Diamond and Platinum Ring Styles Go the glamorous route by selecting a platinum wedding band encrusted with glittering diamonds. You love bling, and we're giving you plenty of that and more. Diamonds and platinum are an intriguing combination. With these rings you get a no-nonsense platinum band of the highest caliber, and beautiful diamonds add sophisticated elegance.
Unique Platinum Ring Styles Everybody's different, which is why we offer a selection of PT950 platinum rings with unique design accents. Find exquisitely-crafted hand-woven artisan rings featuring creative embellishments. Some styles contain diamonds for enhanced beauty. Check out stackable rings that make it easy to create your own platinum ring set.
Platinum Rings for Every Budget Platinum wedding ring prices are typically higher than gold rings. This is due to its natural white color and rarity in nature. Creating a single ounce of platinum requires 10 tons of raw ore, which is way more than the 3 to 4 tons needed for gold. The cost of a pure platinum ring is in line with its value, and you'll see and feel the difference every time you wear your ring. Browse our collection to find a great ring that falls within your budget range.
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 eWeddingBands 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.
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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.