White Metal Alternative: Silver Platinum

IMG_0043-4Do you love the look of sterling silver, but want a wedding ring that’s more durable? Well, there’s a metal alloy that could be the answer to your dilemma. It’s an alloy of sterling silver and platinum.

As you may know, silver is a fairly soft metal. In fact, pure silver is so soft that metallurgists mix it with other metals (usually copper) to create the alloy sterling silver which is more durable than pure silver. This makes sterling silver a beautiful and affordable metal for plenty of jewelry applications such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. But when it comes to wedding rings and wedding bands, newlyweds are often looking for rings that will be a symbol of their everlasting love and will live on as heirlooms for the future generations. So many folks turn to platinum, which is a more dense, therefore heavier metal that is very durable. It is also a very rare metal, so the cost of platinum is much higher than silver.

In the last decade or so, many jewelers have taken to using an alloy of mostly sterling silver with platinum added into it. With this combination of metals, jewelry will still have the silvery look of sterling silver, but they will have the added bonus of strength and durability offered by platinum. Because the alloy is mostly silver, it is not as dense as platinum and is easy to work with for jewelers who create custom jewelry. This is ideal for creating details and setting stones in jewelry. Additionally, it is far less prone to tarnishing than sterling silver.

Silver platinum alloys are an affordable alternative to pure platinum wedding and engagement rings. The metal is more expensive than sterling silver, but since there’s only a percentage of platinum present in it, silver platinum alloys are far less expensive than pure platinum.

If you’ve been looking for a more durable solution than sterling silver for your wedding rings, consider asking your jeweler about a sterling platinum alloy.

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