Planning to propose? Congratulations on your special occasion! You have already chosen a perfect woman, and it’s time to select engagement rings. In case you are still not sure about the precious metal in your jewelry, we are here to make things easier.
For an engagement ring, both the metal and a diamond are important. That’s why our diamond experts share the best precious metal secrets along with their perfect diamond matches here. We’re making every effort for you to pick an engagement ring easily and hassle-free!
How To Select The Best Metal For Engagement Rings
Generally, there isn’t any best metal for engagement rings. Each option can be beneficial, depending on your taste and expectations. To make the right choice, consider these essential aspects:
- Longevity. Some metals are solid, known for their resistance and durability. Others are softer and prone to scratches. The better longevity of precious metal is, the better it is to wear an engagement ring every day.
- Appearance. Each precious metal fits different skin types. Cooler engagement rings are suitable for warm skin people, while the rest colors are a good fit for cool skin types.
- Cost. Some metals are way more pricey, while others don’t cost a fortune and can fit in a tight budget.
- Practicality. Some metals cause unpleasant skin reactions. And so, it’s recommended to check all the relevant information about your beloved person before picking engagement rings. Besides, thinking in advance about how the precious metal in a ring matches other jewelry and a future wedding ring is worth thinking about.
The precious metal type you eventually pick will influence an entire look of an engagement ring. That’s why it’s so important to consider a matching diamond together with metal. In our custom ring service, we carefully choose both elements to achieve a desired WOW effect. We’ll be happy to do this job for you too!
|To choose the best metal, think of which longevity, look, budget, and usability you count on
Top 5 Metals for Engagement Rings
As a precious metal, you can choose platinum, silver, or rose, yellow, or white gold. All of them are good but work differently in engagement rings. So, let’s review them carefully to ensure the jewelry you’ve picked is the best deal and makes her happy.
Platinum is made in limited amounts in only a few places in the world. That’s why it’s rare, expensive, and considered as a #1 precious metal frequently.
Platinum engagement rings have an amazing shine and are of a distinct white color. This precious metal magnifies the sparkle of any gemstone. Thanks to the high grade of purity, people can safely wear engagement rings with platinum and disregard possible skin allergies. Generally, it suits people with pale and rose skin.
Also, platinum is solid, and it’s natural brilliance doesn’t fade. That’s because it doesn’t contain alloys that generally ruin the strength of any precious metal. A platinum ring must be at least 95% purity and have a conforming stamp to be considered authentic.
Because of such high longevity, platinum rings don't ask for too much maintenance. They can be kept in their original box and worn on a day-to-day basis. In case there appears a sheen on the ring, the piece can be restored to the original shine with polish.
The only drawback of platinum is its price. Such a ring costs twice more than a white gold precious metal alternative.
A perfect diamond match
- Platinum engagement rings nicely compliment D color diamonds. The metal has a distinct whiteness, so the stone can beautifully stand out without any yellow hints.
- Also, platinum makes diamonds look bigger. Consider pairing this metal with small diamonds.
- The metal is well-paired with other gemstones. For example, consider matching platinum with a diamond and a couple of blue sapphires.
If platinum is the best because of rarity, white gold is a very popular precious metal. These two options have many similarities: white gold engagement rings also have a distinct color and high quality. There’s one thing that makes the difference, though: you can pay for white gold twice less than for the platinum standard.
In nature, white gold is mixed with various alloys, including nickel and rarely palladium. The latter is utilized to ensure a distinctive white color, while a rhodium plate serves as color protection. That’s why you should check nickel allergy before purchasing a white gold ring. As an added alloy to a gold engagement ring, it can cause unpleasant skin reactions. To prevent irritation, ask for palladium as a safe alternative. Generally, white gold rings suit fair-skinned people.
Even if white, gold might still turn slightly yellow with time. That’s why white gold can experience replating to revive its appearance. This procedure is unavoidable, but you can minimize its frequency. To keep the white gold ring in perfect condition, store it in a box lined with fabric.
A perfect diamond match
- White gold nicely complements and enhances the brilliance of all the top-colored diamonds (like D-I). However, this metal can intensify a yellowish diamond in diamonds of lower color grades, so be careful while picking them.
- White gold fits diamonds that don't go lower than J grade on a coloring scale, especially for those with a round shape.
- Consider complementing your diamond white gold ring with rubies, blue sapphires, as well as emeralds.
|Platinum, Silver, and White Gold perfectly match D-J colored diamonds and complement their luster
Among gold engagement rings, yellow gold is the most popular option. Normally, it’s paired with silver or copper. But the exact ring color depends on the quantity of yellow gold chosen: the greater the metal portion, the more distinctive the hue. Generally, this metal suits dark-skinned people and those with olive undertones but can be as well worn by those with different skin types.
Among its key advantages, yellow gold is valued for resistance and longevity. It keeps the same coloring and never fades. That’s why so many people pick engagement rings with this metal.
As a rule, fine jewelry features 18K (eighteen-karat) yellow gold. In it, the pure gold portion reaches 75%. At the same time, 14K yellow gold is more solid and suitable for everyday wear. To know this parameter, check a karat mark on your gold engagement ring that showcases the metal authenticity.
Yellow gold rings need some love and care. To keep them shiny, do some home cleaning. Lukewarm soapy water and a soft brush without metallic elements are enough.
The perfect diamond match:
- Yellow gold looks stunning with J-L color diamonds. The metal warms up the stone, while the diamond absorbs the yellow gold color.
- When you give preference to yellow gold, don't choose higher grades of gemstone's color. This metal makes it hard to differentiate a K and an H diamond color. Also, the yellow gold band can mask even lower color grades in tiny carat weight.
- Together with emeralds that are bluish-green or red rubies, the yellow gold creates an enchanting look.
Rose gold rings are known and hugely valued for their amazing warm color. They are made of pure gold and added copper. The latter gives rose gold its distinct red tint; hence, the more metals added, the sharper this hue becomes. 18K rose gold metal contains seventy-five percent of gold, whereas 14K has over 58%.
Many people choose rose gold rings as they maintain their appearance, not fading with time. There is no need to reapply alloy as well. Rose gold rings cost lower than their yellow gold or white gold alternatives because of a cheap alloy added. The only disadvantage of the copper supplement is in causing unpleasant skin reactions. People with an allergy should avoid wearing rose gold engagement rings.
The great thing about rose gold is its universality. Regardless of the skin type, the metal suits both pale-skinned people and those with darker undertones. Keeping rings shiny is better when you keep them in a box and ensure they don’t interact with chemicals.
The perfect diamond match:
- Rose gold is paired with diamonds of low color grades. Gemstones easily pick the metal’s hue, meaning you don't need to invest in expensive diamonds with the ultimate whiteness.
- Gemstones that stand on the color range from I to K will be a great fit.
- The metal is utilized to make amazing jewelry with green emerald and gray or silverish gemstones.
|You can hide the low diamond color grade by picking yellow or rose gold in engagement rings
Silver is one of those metals that is still valued: however, it’s not as popular as the above-mentioned metals. Silver is known for its longevity and low price. Rings are generally created with pure silver paired with copper.
The metal is solid yet prone to scratches. Silver rings differ in terms of appearance. They can be more of a distinct white color, with luster or have a more grayish appearance and look matte. As pure silver is way too soft to create rings, it is, as a rule, mixed with various alloys to ensure strength and longevity. Sterling silver should contain no less than 92.5% pure silver.
There are some significant disadvantages when it comes to choosing silver as the preferred metal in engagement rings. As they include copper, the metal can cause allergies. On another note, silver loses color after some time, is prone to scratches, and requires quite a lot of maintenance along the way.
The perfect diamond match:
- Silver is often picked for rings and has a tendency to suit those with pale skin and rosy undertones. It helps to add extra brilliance to the diamonds used with it as they tend to catch the light.
- When the ring has a distinct white color, check gemstones that stand on higher coloring scales to look bigger.
- Silver also makes a great match with purple amethysts and different emerald shades.
Find The Right Fit for Her
To find the best precious metal for your engagement rings, consider all the elements we’ve mentioned together. Or keep it simple and ask for advice from our diamond consultant!
If you need any help picking the appropriate metal or have any related questions, please feel free to contact Diamond Registry. Our specialists will gladly assist you with choosing the perfect ring for the perfect woman.