The most appealing characteristic of platinum is its durability. Each time other metals are scratched or polished, a tiny bit of metal is lost. In fact eventually, prongs of white gold and yellow gold may wear down enough that you need to have them reinforced with more metal for safety.
But not with platinum. A scratch in platinum may leave a mark on the metal, but this metal is so strong that it will not readily chip or splinter. While it is the strongest of jewellery metals, it can scratch and develop a patina of wear. Many people prefer this look, unique to platinum. But if you like the shine, we can polish your jewellery to bring back the original reflective finish. In the mean time, buffing with a soft cloth can give your jewellery renewed luster.
The weight of platinum is also an added benefit. Platinum jewellery weighs considerably more than gold jewellery and if you are looking for a solid feel platinum is definately a good choice.
Though Platinum is more durable than gold jewellery, it does in fact scratch easier than gold. It is also a more maliable metal and can result in warping. Unless it is a heavy, thick setting, we do not recommend tension settings in platinum. Another benefit of platinum is that you won't get the yellowish colour you see in white gold. However this comes at a price as platinum is far more expensive than gold jewellery. To avoid the high cost of platinum try using a platinum setting for your stone in a gold ring, or try 14k X-1 white gold which does not have any yellowish colour.
Soaking platinum in a mild solution of soap and warm water and gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush is usually all that is required to maintain the metal's luster. At La Mode Fine Jewellers we offer a lifetime of free cleaning and polishing on all platinum jewellery that we sell.