PT950 Platinum Wedding Rings FAQ

Why Does eWeddingBands.com sell PT950 Platinum Rings? What does 950 even mean?

Platinum wedding 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 PT950 is the highest purity of all platinum jewelry. 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.

WARNING: Some jewelers sell 95 percent pure platinum and 5 percent of standard alloys such as cobalt or iridium. These rings are also very durable but ruthenium is considered to be a superior option. Our rings are not made from hollow tubing or platinum plating.

Classic Platinum Wedding 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 popular because it is never too flashy. Browse for standard ring styles, beveled edge rings and carefree comfort-fit designs that fit like a glove.

Are Platinum Rings Popular Amongst Men and Women?

Just like gold, platinum rings are popular for both men and women. There are plenty of styles suited for both men and women. Important factors in deciding whether the ring is suitable for you as you shop for a ring is less about gender and more about lifestyle and budget.

Diamond and Platinum Ring Styles

Go the glamorous route by combining platinum 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 product selection of PT950 platinum rings with a variety of 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.

How much does a platinum ring cost?

Platinum prices are higher than gold rings. This is due to its natural white color and rarity of the metal 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. Costs vary depending on the thickness of the metal, the purity of the metal, and the size of the ring. Fortunately, the price of platinum has reached recent year lows which have made it a great time to own a platinum ring. Browse our collection to find a great ring that falls within your budget range. Also, you can save money with our free shipping options.

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, the care and maintenance of Platinum are a bit more demanding than gold is. Read more about the maintenance of Platinum below. The Platinum offered by eWedding Bands is 95% (PT950) pure. White Gold is 75% pure (18K) or 58.3% pure (14K) and is combined with nickel and copper alloys.

Why is Platinum more Expensive than Gold?

Approximately 70% of the world's 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. For every 10 gold mines, there is only one platinum mine. That in and of itself explains why the metal is more scarce.

How do I Care for and Maintain Platinum?

No jewelry is completely resistant to scratches, and Platinum is no exception. Our selection of PT950 Platinum, rings alloyed with ruthenium, makes it very durable and less resistant to scratching. But it doesn't make it immune from scratching with normal wear.

Platinum can lose its new look just like 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.

Platinum can develop a patina, 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. We've selected one of the best polishing cloths for the price. Its soft, felt-like material is loaded with special no-scratch micro-abrasives and a chemical cleansing agent which works for both double cleaning and polishing action. It's available at 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.

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