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Evolution of platinum bridal jewellery

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Platinum is about thirty times rarer than gold! This makes platinum jewellery a unique choice, for brides who wish to have an exclusive look at their wedding. Platinum is neutral in colour, so it doesn’t influence the colour of precious stones like diamonds, emeralds or rubies. Compared to other precious metals, platinum is forty per cent denser and easier to mould. These qualities help create a secure setting for precious gems. Platinum jewellery is highly durable and resistant to wear and tear. These functional aspects make it a perfect investment for your bridal jewellery, which will last you a lifetime.

To understand the evolution of platinum bridal jewellery we need to trace its past, present and future!

Platinum in the past

Image: Maharaja Bhupinder Singh wearing the Patiala Necklace

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The use of platinum to create royal and grand jewellery can be first traced back to the French royal court, of the eighteenth century. In 1751, French Emperor Louis XV’s endorsed platinum as the only metal fit for a king. Fast forward to the art deco era of the 1930s, when platinum really became the popular metal of choice for the elite of Europe. This included coronation tiaras, wedding jewellery and statement pieces of the world’s glitterati. The epitome of platinum brilliance was seen in the iconic Patiala Necklace. The Patiala Necklace was created for Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh of Patiala in 1928 and is one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery ever made. The necklace is famous for its unmatched brilliance and extraordinary design. It features five rows of large solitaire diamonds encrusted on platinum chains.

Platinum in the present

Image: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra at their sangeet ceremony, where she wore platinum jewellery

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Platinum jewellery is stunning in a modern sense and has a global aesthetic appeal. This is the reason why more brides are opting for platinum jewellery on their wedding day.  Platinum’s density permits minimal metal in the settings, to the point of invisibility. This makes the stones used in the jewellery to be more prominent. So, this is the ideal metal for diamond bridal jewellery. Modern day platinum bridal jewellery designs are intricate in design with a delicate filigree style appearance. This is because platinum can withstand high levels of tension which allows for finer jewellery. There is a major trend in engagement rings to be crafted out of platinum. Several Indian celebrities like Priyanka Chopra included platinum jewellery in her wedding trousseau. She chose to wear a grand platinum and diamond jewellery set for her sangeet ceremony

Image: A stunning platinum bridal jewellery set created by Rivaah for Tanishq, featuring diamonds and a central square-cut emerald.

Platinum in the future

Image: Actresses like Charlize Theron wore platinum jewellery to the Oscars 2020

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Platinum imports to India have increased consistently in the last few years. This is a clear indication that there is a growing demand for this rare metal, and we can look forward to interesting jewellery designs in platinum. Brides will also lean towards including at least one platinum set in their wedding trousseau, as it is going to continue trending with the modern woman. This will be a favourite for events like the wedding reception where the bride’s ensemble is not tradition bound. Many global jewellery trends are set at the Oscars and this year we saw many Hollywood divas choosing grand necklaces in platinum. Stars like Charlize Theron and many others wore platinum jewellery that would look stunning on an Indian bride.

The intricate beauty of platinum jewellery will always find admirers. Especially when teamed together with diamonds, platinum is the best choice to create stunning jewellery sets. Brides can look forward to more creativity in the field of platinum jewellery design.

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