Ever since its introduction as a precious jewelry metal in the late 19th century, platinum has only risen to unprecedented glory as one of the most popular metal choices for wedding rings. But, do you know that the metal was actually discarded as an immature variation of gold and hence unusable in jewelry in the 1600s? Read on as we bring you closer to the history of platinum and what makes platinum wedding rings synonymous with absolute refinement and luxury in jewelry.
Platinum’s Journey Through the Years
It took a lot of perseverance through the next century to discover that the platinum powders reacted when brought in contact with arsenic and the next 75 years to come up with suitable instruments to work with the stubborn metal safely. Finally, in 1895, a torch was invented that melted the metal and made it capable of being cast and fashioned into jewelry pieces. This torch proved groundbreaking and prompted extensive use of this glistening metal in jewelry.
Again, platinum’s use in jewelry halted briefly during the Second World War, as the metal was being deployed considerably in the military. After the war ended, platinum went back to reclaim its erstwhile demand in engagement and wedding rings.
The popularity of platinum wedding rings kept soaring through the 20th century. The classy ladies of European gentry and American high society developed an innate liking for the brilliant metal. Its contemporary looks encouraged the transient of this fondness well to the firm, independent, elegant women of the 21st-century.
The current day fashionista is effortless in her style and naturally gravitates toward versatile, non-fuss jewelry pieces that can be worn regularly and styled in multiple ways. To its advantage, the hue of platinum complements all kinds of clothing styles. The sheen is understated, and its natural aura speaks instantly to women that swear by minimalism and subtlety.
Platinum or Gold – Which one to pick?
Both platinum and gold are treasured for their dazzling appearance and arresting appeal; however, when it comes to durability, platinum boasts an edge over gold, regardless of the hue of the latter. Being a sturdier metal, platinum is the best bearer of diamonds and other precious stones. The natural tone of platinum makes it ideal for all occasions. You can walk into a conference room sporting a sleek platinum wedding ring and carry it to a fancy dinner with equal panache. Such subdued universal appeal is missing in the ostentatious yellow tone of the natural gold.
The rose and white variants of the metal gold do bear a subtle appearance as platinum, but their charm is not as elegant. A hue attained by combining alloy metals with yellow gold shall fade out eventually, while the radiance of platinum will stay untouched over time. Platinum, on the contrary, has a natural silvery-white hue and requires no alloying, which makes it a perfect choice for those with sensitive skin allergic to inferior metals. While white gold is ideal for casting into intricate patterns, platinum is more suitable for contemporary designs and everyday use. With all these aspects to its advantage, the cost of platinum is also higher than that of gold.
Platinum Wedding Rings for Women at Gabriel & Co.
At Gabriel & Co, we have just the perfect platinum wedding rings that shall slide into your fingers gracefully and keep beaming for years to come. Here are a few of our striking pieces handpicked for you.
1. An eternal piece for the special one, this mesmerizing ring boasts carefully encrusted diamonds covering its delicately tapered band, creating a magical air of sophistication – the ring blends in with an effortless everyday look with as much ease as with those occasional glammed-up appearances.
2. The contemporary design of this platinum wedding ring comes with a line of magnificent diamonds encrusted on the exposed side of the band. It features 11 hand-picked round diamonds that glisten magnificently to resonate well with your lady love’s elegance. It perfectly complements an androgynous look with a boss-lady suit in darker shades like black and grey.
3. This stunning specimen of fine jewelry, being impeccably reminiscent of Victorian grandeur, makes a remarkable anniversary gift. Complete with 13 round cut diamonds, each secured with its halo, the dainty band reflects the sunlight – a perfect piece to be worn with a flowy silk gown in solid colors with a pair of tear-drop pearl earrings.
4. The very contemporary style of this wedding ring underscores the youthful charm of the headstrong new-age woman aiming for the stars. A series of 7 round-cut diamonds stays sprawled across the sturdy band and amplifies the strength of commitment that brought the love story this far. Compliment it with a silver or platinum bracelet or a watch with a steel band.
5. This lavish platinum band merges into a string of 5 retro-esque round cut diamonds. As a very contemporary design that translates into a minimalistic fashion statement, this wholesome band is a perfect match for an ambitious woman who calls the shots at the workplace and runs errands after that.
6. This masterpiece from our Sorrento collection ranks as one of our most esteemed designs. It defines femininity and refinement through the brilliance of its seamless curve of luminous diamonds sitting united, almost as a metaphoric reference to your wedding vows, etched for eternity. This elegant piece of jewelry will do wonders with a body-hugging halter-neck satin gown with matching silver detailing on the yoke.
7. A 2-row diamond band is a unique choice for a wedding band and an anniversary gift. It is a cherished piece of adornment for a woman with an eye for intricate yet sleek jewelry designs. These diamond-rimmed bands spell luxuriance that can sweep your loved one off her feet at the very first glance.
8. The wedding band has a rare pattern that speaks to one that has a penchant for distinctive regal designs in jewelry. This platinum band showcasing an extravagant arrangement of diamonds is inspired by the Victorian regalia that never goes out of style. It can best be styled with a feminine floral dress and wavy beach curls, needing no other accessories to accentuate.
9. This platinum band showcasing an extravagant arrangement of diamonds is inspired by the Victorian regalia that never goes out of style. The wedding band has a rare pattern that speaks to one that has a penchant for distinctive regal designs in jewelry. This band can be styled with a feminine floral print dress and beach curls and no other accessories.
10. This exquisite wedding band style features three luxurious diamond rows stacked adjacent with the traditional round cut diamonds, set uniformly to create a unique pattern. The ring is undoubtedly a must-have for a lady who doesn’t mind an extravagant yet supremely classy style statement.
11. The vintage-inspired majestic marquise is the epitome of craftsmanship and exudes poise and sophistication. The breathtaking diamonds accompanied by the pristine sparkle of the platinum complement the captivating charisma of the modern woman in full force. How about styling this with a cream-colored silk blouse featuring a feminine bow and a maroon or brown knee-length pencil skirt with a sexy slit? Gorgeous, we say!
12. As the name suggests, this ultimate platinum ring with a series of diamonds nestled between the parallel platinum bands can be defined as the impeccable blending of spontaneity, ease, and effortless class. Both the metal and the diamonds work in equal tandem to accentuate the brilliance of each other.
No matter which rings you pick out of these, each is irreplaceable for the magnificence of its beauty and artistry. The beautiful platinum wedding band shall adorn your hands through the precious memories you are about to make over a lifetime of togetherness. For more choices, dive into the plethora of fascinating designs of platinum wedding rings at Gabriel & Co.