Engagement Ring Metals
Finding the right ring is not just a question of finding the right style or look of a ring – it’s also a matter of metal. You should also consider the colour of the meatal but also how it feels in your hand or on your finger; how much up-keep and maintenance is needed; even whether or not you may be allergic to a certain metal or not.
Gold is one of the most popular metals to use in an engagement ring. Gold has a lustrous natural beauty. It is also extremely pliant and flexible so it can be moulded and shaped into a beautiful ring. Once moulded it maintains it’s shape making it perfect for use in jewellery. The purity of gold is measured in carats. Since pure gold is soft, it’s mixed with other metals to become stronger. The higher the carat, the more gold is used – and the more exquisite and valuable the jewellery.
Gold comes in 3 colours:
- White gold – white gold is a mixture of gold and silver alloys such as nickel and platinum. Rhodium plating protects the white gold finish of your ring. Rhodium comes from the platinum family of metal and is very hard and shiny so it’s perfect for creating a protective layer on your ring.
- Rose Gold – rose gold is a mixture of copper and gold. It has a subtle delicate colour that may intensify over time. It is created by increasing the copper coloured alloys and decreasing the silver coloured alloys mixed with the gold. 18K rose gold contains as much pure gold as 18K white gold; it is merely a change in the mix of alloys that gives rose gold its unique colour.
- Yellow gold is considered a traditional metal choice for bridal jewellery around the world. In Australia, 18K gold is a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands. If you wear yellow gold jewellery most days, chances are you'll gravitate towards a warm yellow gold ring setting with a rich shine that beautifully frames diamonds, and is also lovely with yellow or pink sapphires or even citrine.
Platinum is a pure white metal that is non-corrosive and won't change colour or fade. It has a density and a weight to it that makes it highly durable and so it doesn’t wear as quickly over time. It's strength also makes it the most secure setting for diamonds. Platinum is hypoallergenic, so the wearer never has to worry about any allergic reactions.
Palladium has a natural gray-white lustre. It doesn't tarnish or need to be rhodium plated, so it is low maintenance. Palladium is a platinum group metal and is 95% pure. Palladium also is hypoallergenic, so it will not cause allergic reactions that may be experienced by other metals. It is also less dense and therefore feels much lighter in weight than platinum.