What About Platinaire Rings?

by Pamela
(Monroe NC)

What can you tell me about the Platinaire rings that are a blend of sterling silver and 5% platinum and any special care that is needed?

Thanks
PMH


Hi Pamela,

Platinaire rings are made with the patented ‘platinaire’ metal that is composed of 95% sterling silver by weight and 5% platinum by weight. This newer type of alloy has been around since late 2010, and reviews for the metal have been quite positive.

It’s important to note that this alloy is a combination of metals, platinaire jewelry pieces are not made with any type of plate – the silver and platinum are melted and blended together to create the alloy.

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What are the benefits of rings made with platinaire metal?

Increased Strength
While the amount of platinum added to platinaire is low, even this little bit of platinum increases the strength of the silver. The result is a stronger ring that maintains the lustrous light look of silver, instead of the more gray tones that platinum has.

Affordability
Platinaire rings are extremely affordable, and are an excellent option for low cost diamond engagement rings. Compared to gold, palladium and platinum rings, platinaire rings can save thousands of dollars on the purchase of a diamond ring.

Resistance to Tarnish
This alloy is highly resistant to tarnish, and due to this quality it is a bit easier to care for than regular sterling silver jewelry.

Hypoallergenic
Platinaire rings are hypoallergenic. No nickel is added to the alloy mixture.

Environmentally Responsible
This metal alloy is made with recycled metals, which once they are melted down offer the exact same performance as newly mined metals. It can be difficult to find an affordable eco-friendly wedding ring, but platinaire offers a perfect solution for conscientious couples on a tight budget.

No Plate Needed
Unlike white gold, platinaire does not require rhodium plate to maintain its beautiful white silvery sheen. This added benefit can save hundreds of dollars down the road – compared to white gold – in replating costs.

Rings made with platinaire can also be sized, but for sizing jobs that are more than 2 sizes up the rings will need to be taken to a jeweler who has platinaire metal on hand for resizing jobs – and it may be challenging locating a jeweler who can resize these rings. So, it is best to make sure you have your correct ring size before ordering the ring.

What about care?

Even though these rings are stronger than silver, they can still scratch. To reduce scratching risks, it is best to remove the rings before performing any activities that could expose the ring to scratches or hard knocks and blows.

Platinaire rings can be cleaned with regular silver jewelry cleaner, or even warm water a little bit of soap, and a soft jewelry cleaning cloth.

If scratches do eventually accumulate on the ring, a professional buff and polish can remove light scratches.

As far as the long term performance of platinaire rings, because this is a new metal the overall performance of the rings over more than a few years is not known. But, couples who have purchased platinaire e-rings when they first came out a few years ago have reported that the rings still look great and are performing well under every day wear.

The only downside so far with these rings are the limited styles they are available in. Although even with the limited styles, you can find diamond solitaire rings, diamond wedding sets, traditional diamond wedding ring styles and curvy vintage style rings.

You can find Platinaire rings at Zales in the full selection of styles.

I hope this answers your questions, but do write back again if you have any additional questions. And if you decide to go with a platinaire wedding ring, we would love to publish your review of the ring!

Suzanne Gardner
Everything Wedding Rings

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Discolor
by: Anonymous

Will it turn green??

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platinaire vs silver
by: Anonymous

does it look like silver or it has a different type of tone?

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Correction
by: Anonymous

Platinaire actually is 92.5% silver, 5% platinum and 2.5% unknown material blend

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Chlorine
by: Anonymous

I was told to not expose ring to chlorine. Not sure why but it had something to do with the chemicals not being good for this type of metal. But I love my ring! Very affordable.

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Platinaire Wedding Band
by: Anonymous

We recently got married and purchased my wedding band at Kohls. It is Platinaire with 11 diamonds. It matches perfectly with my white gold engangement ring and you cannot tell that it is not white gold. I am very happy with it.

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piece of junk
by: Disappointed Donna

My ring has been in my jewelry box more than on my hand. Turned black doing the dishes and lost the stones multiple times

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Sad
by: Anonymous

Had this ring for 6 months. Love it. But wiped counter off with bleach rag. Tarnished my ring. Its black now.

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Hello,

I would contact the manufacturer to see if the tarnish can be removed from the ring - in most cases jewelry cleaner can remove tarnish, but for this type of metal a different treatment may be needed.

Suzanne - Everything Wedding Rings

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Ring turned black
by: Anonymous

I have also used cleaners made with bleach and found my ring to turn black. I continued to wear it and found that after a couple days, the black faded away.

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If it turns black from bleach!!
by: Anonymous

You CAN fix it and easily too, take it to jeweler and they will give it a quick polish ususally for free :) i have had mine for 4 years now, i stopped wearing becuase i got peroxide and bleach on it and it turned black and pitted. had not had a single issue before that. took to store, they polished and buffed and its good as new!

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remove black tarnish
by: Anonymous

Toothpaste helps from removing the black tarnish

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Love Mine
by: Anonymous

I wear mine every single day, I love it and will probably always buy this type of ring! The care is very easy and yes if exposed to bleach it will tarnish (turn black) but you can clean that with a bit of tooth paste and a medium bristle brush or a silver cleaner. The tarnish also wears off over some time. My ring has been through the ringer in wear and tear (I'm a veterinarian technician)and it has come out shining and only slightly scratched. Hope this helps someone make their decision about this ring, I strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a low end ring that is high end quality! P.S. Your finger will NOT turn GREEN!!!

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Love my rings
by: Betty

Love my platinaire wedding rings they are absolutely beautiful. Wear them everyday. Still look brand new. Love them. Great buy....

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Soldering question
by: Anonymous

Can platinare be soldered together with white gold?

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Wasn't impressed
by: Niki

I had a diamond solitaire engagement ring made from this alloy and after only a couple months the prongs holding the diamond started pulling away and it lost its shape as well and I'm a stay at home mom so its not like I was putting it through a whole lot. As stated in the article it is very hard to find anyone that can resize them as well.

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Platinaire ring mishapping
by: Shelia Williams

Being right handed, I am surprised my Platinaire ring's shape has transformed into an "oval"!! It's lustre is dull (not at all as descriptive as stated). I have worn it non-stop two years now.

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Platinaire is no good
by: Anonymous

My platinaire ring tarnished within a week inside the prongs and in part of tge setting

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