When it comes to wedding rings and bands, you are likely starting to think of heavy metals, and not the kind that you are considering to play at the reception. These metals in this industry are actually referred to as precious metals. Precious metals in terms of engagement rings all vary, with the most common metals used being gold and platinum. Which one to choose is the most frequently asked question in the design your engagement ring process. The only time you won’t have to concern yourself with this is if you have an engagement ring to start off with, in which case, your precious metal has already been selected. Here we talk about what the differences between the metals are, to help you narrow down that choice.
The truth is, in many cases personal preference in her style will be a leading choice in determining which metal you choose. The preference doesn’t always need to be dictated by budget either. If most of the jewelry that she wears is gold, then your decision is pretty much made. You want to get the metal that corresponds with her personal preference, because quite simply, you know she will love it more. If she likes to wear more silver, than you know that platinum will pair well with her current preference choice and current style for accessorizing. If she likes her accessories on the more copper side of things, you may also want to consider pink gold. Sterling silver is often not recommended as an engagement ring band, as it is a very costly metal to maintain, and it is malleable with time. If you are going to lose a diamond out of any band, it will likely be a silver band, and this will definitely cost you more with time, even if your ring is insured.
Thus, if she likes gold, your options are 14K gold or 18K gold. If she likes silver your options are platinum or 14K white gold, or 18K white gold. We do not recommend anything lower than 14K for a wedding or engagement piece. Also, you may consider her skin tone if you are still unsure, so knowing whether her skin tone is cool or warm will help. Cooler skin tones are the lighter shades of skin tones, and platinum and copper stands out better on cooler skin tones than warmer skin tones. On the other hand, with warmer skin tones gold creates a beautiful pop that makes it a very popular choice.
Now that you’ve narrowed that down, you want to talk budget, right? There are advantages and disadvantages to each metal.
Of the three metals, platinum is the most expensive, but you get what you pay for. It is considered one of the rare elements, thus the price range, but is also extremely resistant to wear and tear in terms of corrosion. You can wear your platinum for a very long time without seeing any of its luster fade. As such, platinum has become a leading choice and considered worth the investment for many young couples today.
Gold is also a very common choice as well, as a gold band or ring is the traditional metal of choice and has been for centuries. The most common alloys used are the 14K and 18K, taking note that the higher in K you go with gold, the purer your gold will be. The higher in K in the gold family are more expensive, as in that range you are getting more gold and less alloy. Thus the purer your precious metal is, the more expensive it is going to be. This is true for either yellow gold or white gold, with the most common choices for those metals being 14K or 18K gold.
White gold has become extremely popular for both men and women getting married. It looks very similar to platinum, but does not come with the price tag. Stunning beside a diamond solitaire, or for a man’s wedding band, you can’t go wrong. Because white gold is made with yellow gold, you will see some yellowing with time. This will mean you will need to have it treated with Rhodium as maintenance over time when white gold begins to yellow. Rhodium will keep your ring brilliant in order to preserve the beauty of your ring over time.
In the end, whichever metal you choose, if you are sticking with her personal preferences, you can never go wrong as there is a metal for every preference in every budget available today.
Comparison between Gold, Platinum and White Gold Ring:
- Gold Ring
Weight: 2.26 grams
- White Gold Ring
Weight: 2.24 grams
- Platinum Ring
Weight: 3.72 grams