What is platinum?
Platinum is one of the most popular metals for mens rings. It is one of
the rarest of the precious metals. It is also one of the strongest as
well as one of the heaviest, being heavier than gold.
2000 years ago the South American Indians made jewellery from lumps of
Platinum that they found, usually in the river.
It is even possible to find examples of the use of Platinum from in the
decoration of european caskets from almost 3000 years ago.
The use of Platinum as a jewellery material can also be seen
extensively from the 18th century. In the 1960s Platinum jewellery
became exceedingly popular in Japan and then a decade later italso
started to gain in popularity in Germany, and then in other european
countries. In the last 10 to 15 years Platinum has had a surge in
popularity in the US as a wedding jewellery metal.
Platinum is very hard, and for this reason it does not scratch easily.
Whereas a ring made of gold, for example, will actually lose some of
its gold when it is scratched, a Platinum ring will not. This is
because gold is much softer.
A Platinum ring is usually alloyed (mixed) with other metals such as
Iridium or Paladium. Usually expect around 90% to 95% Platinum.
A Platinum ring will develop its own whitish luster after some time,
known as a patina. This is part of the appeal of Platinum.
If you wish you can take it to a jeweller to polish it but this is not
necessary. It can be cleaned at home by soaking in a solution of warm
water and soap and polished with a soft bristled brush or cloth.
Most men are happy with the luster and do not wish to polish it off.