Dull & Grey or A Special Look?
Patina is something you love or hate. This scratched worn look is sought after by many people .. while others don’t think it’s not attractive at all. What do you think? Read on .. and send us a comment below.
Patina: A Definition
All fine jewelry loses some of its luster over time and platinum is no exception. In this case platinum develops what is called “patina.” Patina is the accumulated change in surface texture and color on the surface of the ring that comes from constant exposure to the elements. While patina can make the metal look slightly frosted, it actually varies in color and consistency.
A Rare Element
Did you know platinum, the “king” of fine jewelry metals, is actually more abundant in asteroids than it is on Earth where it makes up about 37 parts per billion in the Earth’s crust? Nevertheless, when platinum is extracted from the crust it emerges a beautiful natural white and it stays naturally white throughout the years without any need for additives, maintenance, or rhodium plating (unlike white gold which can can fade or change color). Combined with its strength, durability and ability to resist permanent scratches, it is easy to see why platinum is indeed a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding rings.
It’s Your Choice
Patina is actually considered by many people to be a very attractive look as they prefer a more worn appearance over a “just polished” one. It essentially gives platinum at any age a very unique look that is all its own. (In Japan, people actually honor the patina their platinum rings sustain as symbolic of the history of the ring). On the other hand, for those who aren’t so moved by the look of patina and prefer a more high gloss appearance, a simple re-polishing, steaming, and buffing will remove the patina from platinum jewelry. Another option is to have the platinum jewelry rhodium plated to keep the metal looking whiter and shinier over a longer period of time.
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