The metals that engagement rings are most commonly made in are white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, and platinum. White, rose and yellow gold can come in different weights or “karatage”. The 2 most common karat weights for engagement rings are 14k and 18k. Each one represents a different percentage of pure gold content within the metal.
According to diamonds.pro, 18K gold consists of 18 parts pure gold mixed with 6 parts other metals. Depending on the color of the gold (for example, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold), these metals could include nickel, silver, copper, zinc, and palladium. Expressed as a percentage, 18K gold is 75% pure gold.
14K gold, on the other hand, consists of 14 parts pure gold mixed with 10 parts other metal, with the other metals varying based on the gold’s color. Expressed as a percentage, the pure gold in a piece of 14K gold jewelry accounts for 58.3% of the total metal. (Source: Diamond Pro)
Now that you know about the most popular metals and their karatage, it’s time to talk about Platinum!
Why Platinum Engagement Rings?
First thing’s first, it’s important to know that the color of platinum is similar to white gold so it does not look any different than a typical engagement ring you would see in an advertisement. The truth is that buying an engagement ring in platinum instead of white gold can have many more substantial benefits for those looking for a high-quality designer engagement ring. For some rings, the white gold can fade over time, which would mean you may have to have your ring re-plated if you ever wanted to pass it down as a family heirloom. A platinum ring will not need to be re-plated and will last you much longer as it is more durable and heavier than gold, 60% heavier to be exact!
Platinum is also a much more rare metal than gold. According to our friends at the Platinum Guild International, platinum is 30 times more rare than gold. If all the platinum ever mined were melted and poured into an Olympic-sized pool, the platinum would barely reach your ankles, gold, however, would fill three pools.
And last but not least, one of the most popular reasons people choose platinum engagement rings over other metals is because it is hypoallergenic! Although rare, white gold rings can have small percentages of other metal components that can spark allergies such as nickel, silver, or palladium.
How much are platinum engagement rings?
So now that you know why people love platinum so much, let’s get down to brass tax: How much more are you going to pay for a platinum diamond engagement ring? Well, the answer is a little more complicated. When it comes to white gold vs. platinum engagement rings, the cost is generally around 40% more due to the sheer density and quality of the metal. The old saying “you get what you pay for,” could not be more true when it comes to a platinum ring. A platinum diamond ring is a much more considerable investment but with many more benefits.
Other factors that would contribute to the overall cost of your platinum engagement ring would be the cut, clarity, color, and carat weight of your diamond ring. A larger center diamond with more clarity that appears “colorless,” will be a lot more than if you were to purchase a platinum ring with a small center diamond that has a little more color to it. To learn all about these costs you can visit our diamond buying guide here.
What are our favorite styles of platinum engagement ring settings?
Well, this one is easy, ALL OF THEM! Each and every Sylvie Collection engagement ring can be made in platinum, so you don’t have to worry about only having a small selection of platinum ring settings to choose from! We understand with so many rings to choose from, it can be overwhelming, so we’ve outlined some of the most commonly sought after platinum styles below:
1 ct platinum engagement rings
1-carat platinum engagement rings are by far the most common platinum ring styles because they are highly affordable and can come in a diverse range of styles. Some of our best-selling 1-carat platinum rings include the Adorlee classic engagement ring in platinum and the Charmant vintage inspired stackable engagement ring.
Platinum princess cut diamond engagement rings
The best part about Sylvie Collection designer engagement rings is that all of them can be completely customizable! You may see a ring on the website that is yellow gold with a round center stone but you absolutely would love to have it in platinum and with a princess cut center! Well, you can! Simply tell your Sylvie retailer that you want the setting as a platinum princess cut engagement ring. We would recommend the Micheline three stone princess cut ring or the Chantelle classic princess cut halo ring as two of our most popular princess cut platinum rings.
Platinum vintage engagement rings
Sylvie has always been known for her exquisite modern vintage engagement ring designs, so it’s no surprise that she has created some stunning platinum vintage engagement rings! From unique scrollwork to intricate designs and milgrain beading, it’s very easy to find a vintage-style platinum engagement ring that you will love! Simply browse our collection of vintage inspired engagement rings here and tell your Sylvie retailer to order it in platinum.
Platinum solitaire engagement rings
Solitaire engagement rings are the perfect fit for platinum as they really allow the metal to shine and stand out and you’ll feel the difference in the quality as you hold your ring. Some of our favorite platinum solitaire engagement rings are the Carina solitaire engagement ring with its beautiful profile or the timeless classic, the Dominique solitaire ring. Ask for either of these in platinum and your ring will last a lifetime!
We hope this makes you feel a little more comfortable when trying to decide whether to purchase a platinum engagement ring or not or if you are just curious what makes platinum a better option for your ring! Either way, any Sylvie ring you see can be created just the way you want it whether it’s in 14k rose gold or platinum. If you’re looking to create your own ring, try our new Sylvie Style Bar here! Have fun browsing!