Choosing the Right Metal for Your Engagement Ring
Choosing the appropriate metal for your partner’s engagement ring is as important as choosing the gemstone. Traditional metals like yellow gold and white gold are no longer the only options available. Newer styles mean newer metals to keep up with trends. Metals should be chosen to suit the style of the wearer (i.e., someone who prefers classic styles may prefer yellow gold or white gold metals). Read below to find out more about traditional and modern metals and the pros and cons of each.
Enagement Ring Metals
Platinum is becoming an increasingly-popular metal in engagement rings as it’s naturally bright white sheen enhances a diamond or gemstone’s brilliance. This brightness will not change or fade over time, so additional plating may not be necessary. Prized for its durability, platinum is perfect for the active partner. This durability makes platinum one of the superior metals for securing diamonds or gemstones. Additionally, platinum is a naturally hypoallergenic metal, which is helpful for those with sensitive skin that reacts to certain metals. It should be noted that compared to gold, platinum is five times as rare and pure, which means there is a significant price difference between the two metals.
The most common choice for an engagement ring or wedding band is gold. Pure gold is 24 karats and is much too soft to be used as jewelry, so other metals, such as silver, copper, nickel, and zinc, are added in small parts to increase its durability. The amount and particular type of metal used affects the color of the gold. This means that 14K gold will appear paler and less golden than 18K gold.
The most classic gold metal color, yellow gold, is a result of a mixture of pure gold, copper, and silver. Although white gold has become more widely desired for engagement rings, there is still a high demand for classic yellow gold bands.
One of the most sought-after metals, white gold, gets its color from a mixture of yellow gold, copper, nickel/palladium, and zinc. White gold is typically plated with rhodium, which helps to prevent scratches and tarnishing. However, this plating must be reapplied over time as it wears away.
Growing quickly in popularity, rose gold’s feminine and romantic color is a result of a mixture of yellow gold and copper. Rose gold is not plated with rhodium, but can be cleaned and polished by a jeweler regularly.
While not as usual, green gold obtains its color from a mixture of yellow gold, silver, copper, and zinc. Green gold is often mixed with other gold metals to create a multi-tonal effect.
SilverSilver can range from a bright white to a grayish white, with a matte or polished finish. Pure silver is a softer metal and it is mixed with other metals like copper to increase its durability for jewelry. Since silver is the most affordable of the precious metals it and malleability it is a favorite material for many jewelry designers.
Palladium is a silver-white metal similar to platinum. It does not tarnish or lose its bright white color. Palladium is also hypoallergenic and contains no skin irritants.
Alternative Engagement Ring Metals
Caesar's Designs does not carry alternative engagement ring metals at the store but we can obtain any material you would like from our suppliers. If you wish to see a sample or try-on an alternative material please give us advance notice before visiting our store.
Titanium rings are becoming increasingly popular due to their lighter weight, wearability, and hypoallergenic properties. However, they are more prone to scratches.
Black Ceramic, while uncommon in jewelry stores, is an excellent alternative to gold wedding bands or engagement rings as it is one of the hardest substances known. Its durability allows black ceramic to never tarnish, scratch, or lose its glossiness. Conversely, since ceramic is not considered to be a metal, it cannot be sized and can break if struck against a hard surface with enough force.
Cobalt chrome rings have a brilliant white color that will not fade over time or need to be replated. These rings are hypoallergenic, which makes them suitable for a partner with sensitive skin. These rings are heavier than titanium rings but lighter than tungsten.
A common choice for wedding bands, stainless steel is durable, bright, lightweight, and scratch-resistant. Stainless steel is also hypoallergenic and affordable.
Vitallium rings are a bright, white color that does not tarnish or fade. They are sought after for their comfort, durability, and hypoallergenic properties. Vitalium is more durable than Tungsten.
Tungsten Carbide is prized for its durability, as it is ten times harder than 18K gold. This metal is perfect for a partner with an active lifestyle. It is heavier than many other metals; however, it is strong, hypoallergenic, and tarnish-resistant.
Platina 4 (P4)
This unique metal is a mixture of platinum, gold, silver, and palladium. Due to this combination of elements, P4 is bright white, tarnish-resistant, and hypoallergenic. Platina 4 is more durable than 14K gold and is more resistant to scratching.
If you have any questions about engagement ring metals or the alternative engagement ring metals, please send us a message or visit our jewelry store.