What is Platinum
Platinum is an extremely rare metal, rarer than even gold. It has a silvery-white luster and blends well with a number of other metals and gemstones. Platinum is also four times stronger than gold, making it a durable metal ideal for daily wear. Due to its strength, platinum is mixed with other metals to make it more malleable. It is perfect for engraving. Over time, platinum can develop a “patina”. While some wearers enjoy this look, it can be refinished to its original luster if preferred. Platinum is mined in Russia and South Africa primarily.
Platinum vs Gold
There are many differences between platinum and gold and reasons one may be a better fit for your jewelry needs. Platinum doesn’t irritate the skin like gold alloy can, making it an ideal choice for those who are normally allergic to metals. Platinum will never change its color unlike white gold. Platinum is denser than gold and will retain its same weight over time. If scratched, the platinum is displaced; when gold is scratched the metal is lost.
Most platinum used in jewelry is 90% pure platinum, with 10% being iridium, palladium or ruthenium. This and 95% platinum is distinguished by the mark – Plat. Other jewelry that contains at least 850/1000 parts pure platinum can be marked with the actual parts per platinum along with the words platinum or its abbreviation. Considered one of the most pure precious metals, platinum is hypoallergenic, perfect for those with skin sensitivities.
Like most precious metals, routine cleaning will help to maintain its unique appearance. Platinum jewelry should be soaked in a mild solution of soap and warm water. Gentle scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush is also recommended.
To maintain its luster, buff your platinum jewelry with a soft cloth. You can also renew its shine by asking Borsheims to professionally refinish your platinum pieces to restore their original reflective finish. Borsheims can perform a routine inspection to ensure any gemstones or clasps are also secure.