When it comes to selecting a metal for your engagement ring, the most important factors are durability, value, and aesthetics. Each of these will be dependent on your individual tastes and circumstances, which means that there is no ‘wrong’ metal to choose. The most important thing is that both you and your partner are pleased with your choice.
While the color of metal strongly informs the look of your ring, it won’t necessarily be the first element you make a choice about. For many, the diamond is most significant. A white diamond with a quality clarity grade is best accentuated in a white metal, such as platinum or palladium. A diamond that’s cloudier, or has a yellow secondary tone, will be more stunning in a yellow gold.
Consider the qualities of the different precious metals. Even though palladium, platinum and white gold look very similar, each has its own attributes. Palladium is very lightweight, more durable than gold, and harder than platinum. It is also less expensive, making it an all-round wise choice for those shopping for affordable engagement rings. A lightweight metal means the ring will be very comfortable.
Platinum, as well as palladium, is hypoallergenic – making it a great metal to wear if you have sensitive skin. It does not tarnish so requires minimal upkeep, and is more durable than the traditional choice of gold.
Because gold is naturally a very soft metal, it has to be mixed in an alloy with other metals, such as silver and copper, to be worn. 18K yellow gold is the purest gold that can withstand the jewelry-making process as well as years of wear. This is 75% gold, allowing that stunning sunny color to shine through. It’s a classic choice that looks incredible in a solitaire, halo or vintage-style engagement ring.
White gold is an incredibly popular choice because it bridges the traditional and the contemporary. Whether it’s the more cost-effective 14K or the more durable 18K, the rhodium plating provides a gorgeous white glint that lasts the years.
Which is your favorite metal for an engagement ring?