By Jewelry and Style Expert, Michael O’Connor
From our earliest childhood bedtime stories we’ve learned about love. Fairytales showed us that great love stories involved two people who wanted more than anything to be together despite their backgrounds – think Rapunzel and the prince. Fairytales showed us that there would be obstacles to love – think Romeo and Juliet. But most of all we learned that love was rich with meaningful symbols shared between the two lovers that represented their search for purity, their eternal devotion and their rare love.
Today’s modern romances still revere this meaningful symbol and therefore, the most legendary jewelry houses in the world continue to create unique and beautiful platinum and diamond engagement rings and wedding bands for the great love stories of today – yours! It’s no wonder that renowned companies such as Harry Winston, Chopard, Cartier, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany and Damiani offer a wide selection of engagement rings and wedding bands in platinum. The reason platinum is the preferred metal for these internationally recognized companies is that platinum embodies the rarity, purity and eternal nature of love.
Platinum’s rarity, at 30 times more rare than gold, has been coveted for centuries. Remember the Cartier platinum and diamond ring from Prince Ranier to Grace Kelly, that she wore in the film “High Society”? It represents the rarity of finding “the one”. Platinum’s purity, not only makes it hypoallergenic and ideal for sensitive skin, but also means that its natural white color will never fade, just like your love. Further, platinum’s everlasting radiance and durability mean that it is resistant to wear and will hold your diamond securely. This also speaks to the eternal and enduring nature of true love.
No matter what your style is you’ll be able to find the perfect ring to symbolize your love. Women with a modern sensibility might prefer Tiffany’s “Bezet” platinum ring with a pear-cut solitaire diamond set into a simple bezel. Classic women might explore the most classic of solitaires by Harry Winston, set with either an emerald cut, brilliant-cut or oval diamond. Cartier’s “Ballerine” ring set in platinum with pave diamonds into the platinum shoulders might appeal to woman with a more romantic aesthetic. Or for women who want “fashion flair” Van Cleef & Arpel’s “Estelle” style, or Damiani’s “Double” could fit the style need perfectly. And don’t worry, a platinum and diamond engagement ring doesn’t require a king’s ransom or a princely dowry. Platinum and diamond engagement ring settings are available starting from approximately $1,000.
For an array of platinum engagement ring designs, you can visit www.preciousplatinum.com/designgallery.