Many people don’t realize that choosing the right metal for
an engagement ring is almost as important as choosing the right diamond or
gemstone. There are different grades of metal, different metals altogether, and
a wide range of considerations to be aware of.
Platinum – Platinum
is a metal with a natural white color and a cool luster that really does
well to showcase the brilliance of a diamond. It is known as the most precious
of the jewelry metals.
Platinum is five times rarer and purer than gold when
used in jewelry. It is durable, which makes it a wonderful option for those who
live an active lifestyle. It creates a secure setting for diamonds and is
naturally hypoallergenic, which works well with sensitive skin.
The sheen of platinum will not fade over time, and its strength
will keep your ring safe for a lifetime.
Gold – Gold
is the most popular choice of metal for jewelry. It is incredibly versatile as
a metal for jewelry and is measured in karats. Pure gold is 24 karats, so 24
parts in 24 are gold. In its pure form, gold is too soft to be used for
jewelry, so it needs to be combined with other metals such as silver, copper,
zinc, or nickel to give it extra strength and durability. You will commonly find 18K or 14K gold bands for engagement rings.
Gold jewelry comes in different colors, with the option to
choose from yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold.
Yellow gold gives the engagement ring a warm feel. While it
fell out of fashion a while ago, it is gaining popularity again.
White gold is contemporary and considered more modern than
yellow gold. White gold is plated with rhodium, resistant to scratches
and tarnishing. However, this may wear off over time, and you must re-plate your ring.
Rose gold is an incredibly romantic color, it is warm with
a pink hue that creates a more vintage look to an engagement ring.