In terms of wedding bands and diamond engagement rings, platinum continues to be one of the most popular and sought-after choices. Because it is a rare precious metal, you can expect to pay more for it than you would for a gold ring. If you love the look but cannot afford the “real deal,” 18k white gold is always a good alternative. Just remember that gold scratches more easily since it is a softer metal. Those who plan on wearing their wedding bands daily and who are constantly using their hands, should save up the extra money for platinum bands. Buying a platinum band may be expensive, but it will save you the heartache caused by a damaged ring.If you are out shopping, wander into a jewelry store under the guise of some errand for yourself. This will work best if you work this out ahead of time with someone behind the counter. Arrange to have the clerk assist her or at least take clear notice of what she was eying. Have another clerk keep you fully engaged so that your intended truly believes you are not paying any attention to her whatsoever. Maybe the clerk helping her can even steer her toward the engagement rings and gather some information for you. This way you can get information about what she likes without her ever knowing that you are shopping for a ring.Bearers of mystic power and incredible beauty, diamond jewelry has been worn and loved by women forages. The first diamond was discovered 3000 years ago in India. Survived through centuries, diamond is the hardest metal ever known. There are a lot of myths attached with diamond, possibly because it’s beautiful as well as adamantine.