What About Platinaire Rings?
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?
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.
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.
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!
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