Choosing an engagement ring can be a stressful process, and each aspect of the ring should be scrutinized carefully to ensure your partner’s complete satisfaction when you get down on one knee.
Keep reading to learn more about the four most popular metals used in engagement rings today, and which one best fits your beloved’s style and preference.
What’s Her Style?
First of all, determining your partner’s fashion style and personal preferences will be essential in choosing the right engagement ring metal for her.
What kind of jewelry does she usually wear?
If she likes cooler-toned jewelry, a platinum or white gold engagement ring may be best for her. However, if you notice that her jewelry pieces are mostly warm-toned, then yellow or rose gold is your best bet.
What clothing style does she feel most comfortable in?
Does she wear classic pieces often? Girly, romantic outfits? Or maybe she’s a fashion-forward woman, who keeps up with the latest styles and trends. Her outfit choices will provide you with another clue as to which metal is the best choice for her ring, as each color gives a slightly different look to the final piece.
What’s her skin tone?
Typically, white gold and platinum suits lighter or rosy skin tones. Yellow and rose gold pairs well with darker or olive-toned skin. However, this last aspect matters less than the first two questions. Her style and preference will usually be the main markers indicating her metal preference.
What Engagement Ring Metal Should You Choose?
Platinum is a naturally white metal that really brings to light the sparkle and fire of a diamond. Because of its durability and low maintenance, it is a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands. However, because of its status as the most precious of all jewelry metals, platinum is also the most expensive metal.
Platinum jewelry is great for those with an active lifestyle and those with sensitive skin.
Gold is an extremely versatile precious metal, and is the most common choice for fine jewelry pieces and bridal jewelry. While pure gold is typically too soft to be used in jewelry, it is usually combined with other metals to make it more durable. The metals used in the resulting alloy are what gives the resulting gold mixture its color and strength.
Yellow gold is typically mixed with copper and silver, which give it its warm-toned hue. Yellow gold is regarded as classic and fashionable, making it the perfect choice for women with that clothing style. Although white gold has reigned in popularity over the past few years, yellow gold is now making a comeback in the jewelry world. It is also the most hypoallergenic of all the gold alloys, making them perfect for women with sensitive skin.
On the other hand, white gold is a contemporary and sleek-looking metal that’s mixed with copper, zinc, and nickel to give it that cool-toned finish. Additionally, it’s also plated with rhodium, which is a platinum group metal, to give it that platinum-like shine. This metal is best for those who love the look of platinum for their engagement ring, but don’t want to spend the money for it.
Another thing to note: the rhodium plating does wear off over time, depending on how often your engagement ring is worn. If it does wear away, it’s best to take your ring to a jeweler to get it replated.
Rose gold pieces give off a unique and romantic look to any jewelry piece, and is perfect for the woman who wants to stand out with her engagement ring. The pink-toned hue of rose gold comes from mixing yellow gold with copper.
Rose gold is notable for its durability and the lack of reapplication needed for rose gold jewelry. However, the copper in the rose gold alloy can cause allergic reactions to those with a copper allergy, so it’s best to make sure that your beloved doesn’t have one.
For all of your engagement ring desires, our staff at Jewelry Design Center will be more than happy to take care of all of your questions and concerns. Browse our engagement ring page to explore some of the possibilities available to you at our showroom, and if you’re interested in a couple designed piece, reach out to our expert craftsmen for a free consultation today,
So, there you have it: a breakdown of all of the top precious metals used for engagement rings. What metal will you choose for your partner’s ring?