03 Jan Choosing The Right Metal For Your Engagement Ring
Platinum, White Gold, Yellow Gold, or Rose Gold?
Selecting the metal for your engagement ring is very simple once you have all the information you need, including a good understanding of the difference in cost. Oftentimes, it comes right down to cost! So let’s jump right in with a clear description of each metal and then explore which metal is right for your engagement ring.
Gold is the most common choice for engagement rings. The standard measurement of gold is a karat, which is divided into 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 karats, meaning 24 out of 24 parts are gold.
Pure gold is too soft to be used for jewelry, so it’s combined with other metal alloys to make it stronger. Most often gold comes in 18Kt (75% gold), 14Kt (58% gold) and 10Kt (about 42% gold). The remainder is made up of other metals — like silver, copper, nickel and zinc — to lend strength and durability. 22Kt and 24Kt gold looks more saturated and richer in color, while 14Kt gold may appear as a slightly paler yellow.
Gold jewelry usually comes in these colors:
Classic yet fashionable, yellow gold achieves its warm patina from the red of copper and the green hue of silver. Yellow gold lost favor to white gold for a while, but has recently regained popularity.
White gold gets its silvery white character from combining yellow gold with copper, zinc and nickel. It’s plated with a hard element called rhodium, which costs about four times as much as platinum, resists scratches and tarnishing, and gives white gold a reflective appearance. However, it may wear away over time, requiring a quick trip to your jeweler for re-plating.
Unique and romantic, rose gold has a warm, pink hue created by combining yellow gold with a copper alloy. The overall percentages of metal alloys are the same for rose gold as they are for yellow or white; it’s just a different mixture of alloys used.
Platinum is a naturally white metal with a cool luster that showcases the brilliance and sparkle of diamonds beautifully. It’s a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands, and is considered the most precious of all jewelry metals.
Compared to gold, platinum is five times as rare and purer when used in jewelry. Platinum is durable, making it a good option if your fiancée leads an active lifestyle — its density provides a secure setting for diamonds or gemstones. Platinum is also naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
Its elegant sheen will not fade or change color over time, making re-plating your platinum ring unnecessary. Because of its strength, it’s a popular choice for setting diamonds.
Which Metal Costs More?
Platinum costs more because it is more rare and more labor intensive to work with. Opting to go with a 14kt gold ring over platinum will save you approximately 40% and 18kt 30%. This can mean a considerable amount of money when you look at it in terms of dollars. Take a look at the comparison below to see the possible savings on the same ring in different metals:
18kt Gold $3500 Save $1500
14kt Gold $3000 Save $2000
If your fiancee to be would rather a ring in rose gold, the savings would be approximately the same as white and yellow gold.
Once you have decided on the type of metal that makes sense for your engagement ring, it is time to move on to selecting the style of the ring and the diamond that complete the engagement ring of her dreams! Call us at (904) 710-5783 to schedule an appointment or visit our contact page to begin the process.