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Learn More About Maintaining Platinum Jewelry

Published date: March 23, 2017


Platinum jewelry exudes a look of elegance that is perfect for engagement rings or other special jewelry pieces. But before you make a purchase, you may be wondering what makes this jewelry metal so special and what you can do to ensure that it lasts forever.

To help you make the most informed decision, our staff has put together a list of the most commonly asked questions along with some helpful tips on how to care for your platinum jewelry.

Frequently Asked Questions About Platinum Jewelry

What makes platinum so special?

Platinum is the strongest and purest jewelry metal available, making it especially resistant to chipping and tarnishing. It is more rare than gold, making it a perfect choice for engagement rings.

Does it tarnish?

Platinum does not fade, tarnish, or turn color. However, with age, it does take on a patina and show slight scratches.

Does it scratch?

Platinum scratches in a different way than other precious metals. When scratched, platinum “gives way” to the scratch (we’re talking a very minimal loss of volume) and over time, a light patina develops. Many people like the distinctive look that platinum develops over time as it’s not like any other metal.

Is it hypoallergenic?

Platinum is hypoallergenic and a good choice for those with sensitive skin.

What’s the difference between platinum and white gold?

White gold is an alloy of copper, silver, nickel and zinc, so it does not have the same purity or strength as platinum. White gold also has a small yellow tint and will tarnish where platinum merely gets dull. Finally, platinum weighs 60% more than 14K gold.

Are platinum rings more difficult to size?

Platinum can be sized and adjusted just as easily as any other metal.

How to Care for Your Platinum Jewelry

Although platinum is highly resistant and wears gradually, you should take steps to care for it just as any other precious metal. For platinum jewelry that continues to shine through the years, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Remove before using harsh chemicals like bleach
  • Avoid gardening while wearing platinum
  • Store each piece separately to avoid scratches
  • Take your platinum pieces to a jeweler bi-annually or after significant damage for cleaning
  • Ensure your jeweler uses platinum stock for size alterations or repairs. Many jewelers cut corners and use white gold

So How Can I Clean My Platinum Jewelry?

The nice thing about platinum rings, necklaces, and other jewelry is that you won’t have to clean it as often as say, gold or silver, because of its purity. However, when you do need or want to give it a good cleaning, the method is pretty similar to cleaning your gold jewelry.

You can either mix up a solution of mild soap and warm water or purchase a specially formulated cleaner for gold and platinum jewelry. Whichever method you go with, use a soft toothbrush to scrub gently. After that, give the platinum a good rinse and dry with a clean cloth.

Take extra care not to soak or brush any delicate gemstones like opal, tanzanite, emerald or topaz. If your piece does have gemstones, we suggest taking it to a jeweler for detailed and gentle care.

Is Platinum Really Worth the Hefty Price Tag?

We hope by now you see for yourself just how sound of an investment platinum jewelry is. While the price tag may be higher on platinum than white gold, what you’re taking home is an extremely high-quality product.

A platinum engagement ring that you buy today will likely look almost exactly the same twenty years down the line. What you’re paying for is one of the rarest, strongest and most precious metals. Wear it with pride and be sure to take care of it just as you would with any other metal!

For more answers on platinum jewelry or to begin the search for your next jewelry piece, visit our store or call us at (302) 366-7448 today. Our associates have an average of 25 years of experience and will always guide you toward a purchase that is right for you.