Metal Options for Your Engagement Ring

When searching for an engagement ring, the perfect diamond isn’t all you have to worry about – the setting is just as important. Have you thought about what metal you would like the ring to be? There are quite a few to choose from, but we are here to help you make your decision.

Metal Options for Your Engagement Ring

  • Platinum. This is known for its durability. Platinum is 95% pure and won’t fade or tarnish like other metals. However, it may scratch but any metal will. This is the perfect metal for those with sensitive skin because it’s hypoallergenic.
  • Palladium: This metal has a grayish white color to it, is 10% stronger than platinum, is more scratch resistant then platinum and is also hypoallergenic.
  • White Gold: This metal is available in 10kt, 14kt or 18kt and is pure gold alloyed with palladium, zinc or nickel.  To give it the bright white finish, white gold is rhodium plated.
  • Yellow Gold: This metal is also available in 10kt, 14kt or 18kt and is pure gold alloyed with copper and silver.  This looks great with just about any skin tone or gemstone, so it’s hard to go wrong here.
  • Rose Gold: Once again, this metal is available in 10kt, 14kt or 18kt and is pure gold alloyed with copper.  Rose Gold has a soft tone that compliments the skin’s natural coloring and comes in shades from reddish to a soft pink.  If you have allergies, this metal isn’t recommended because of its copper alloy.
  • If you just can’t choose one type of metal, you could always go for a two-tone ring and mix together two different color metals. The most common ones are either platinum or white gold with either yellow or rose gold.
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