Platinum has a long history in the world of jewelry. It was declared a strategic metal for use in World War II, and its use for making jewelry forbidden between 1939 and 1945. Since that, platinum’s popularity has rekindled.
Platinum is hypoallergenic, and naturally white, so it will not discolor and is an extremely dense metal, which slows wear and holds gemstones securely. It is very heavy when compared with white gold. It is also more rare, which makes it more expensive. Platinum is relatively soft, and can show scratches more than gold. However, when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and can be re-polished by a jeweler.
Read more about all types of jewelry metals on our Wedding Planning Tips page, under "Wedding Metals Defined".