You know exactly which setting you want, you've picked out the diamond you love most, now which metal do you choose? One of the toughest decisions for customer's to make is which metal type to go with. Mostly because they haven't paid too much attention to what their significant other wears regularly.. but also in part because they don't have enough information on the differences between the four.
Scroll through our post below to find out more about Yellow Gold, White Gold, Rose Gold, and Platinum!
Yellow gold is the more traditional metal of choice. Gold is in fact naturally yellow and only has additives in order to harden the metal to make it more durable and scratch resistant. You’ll often hear the terms 14-karat and 18-karat in reference to gold, which is a measurement of the purity of gold. Because 18k gold contains a greater percentage of gold, it does fetch a higher price. However, 14K gold offers more resistance to regular wear and tear, thus 14K is often more ideal for an engagement ring that will be worn daily.
White gold is simply yellow gold mixed with naturally white metals, such as palladium or platinum. The ring is then plated on the surface with rhodium to make the color pop. This plating does need to be redone a couple times a year depending on the wearer, as it is not permanent.
Platinum’s density makes it super durable, meaning it will protect your diamond and hold shape really well over time. Also, as a platinum ring scratches, there is very little metal loss as compared to gold rings. Another plus with platinum is that it’s great for women who tend to have reactions to other metals, as it is hypoallergenic and won’t irritate her skin. Because of platinum’s rarity and extraordinary quality, it does sit at a higher price-point than other metal types.
Gaining popularity as a more fashionable metal choice, rose gold is regular gold with copper alloy added in. The more copper alloy that is added the deeper the rosy tones will become. Rose gold does contain as much pure gold as 14K white gold. One thing that not many people are aware of is the special fact that rose gold represents love.