Engagement ring metals: how to choose one for your dream ring
At Princess Diamonds, we are here to guide you through every step of the engagement ring design process. Just like you, we want the person you love to be absolutely bowled over by the perfect ring and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you get that once-in-a-lifetime moment. And so, let’s look at one of the most important aspects of the engagement ring design process: how to choose which metal to use.
Start by thinking about the type of jewellery your loved one wears most often. Does she wear a lot of silver jewellery? If so, platinum may be your best choice. Or is the majority of her jewellery gold or rose gold? Does she have a sentimental ring already which she doesn’t take off and if so, what is it made out of?
Your fiancée-to-be is going to be wearing the engagement ring forever, so if you can find out her preference for metal just by the jewellery she chooses to wear most often, this is the best place to start. Also, think about the wedding band too – it’s likely that it will be made from the same metal.
The majority of the rings we design are made from platinum. We love this metal for its strength – it will last a lifetime. With years and years of wear and a little clean and shine, it will look as good as the day that little box was first opened.
Platinum, a white and rare metal, also complements diamonds magnificently. It really allows diamonds to shine and sparkle as they should and it’s for this reason that we also love working platinum into our designs. It works wonderfully when our clients choose to include lots of smaller diamonds placed along the band. Platinum is also hypoallergenic which means it is the one to choose if your fiancée has sensitive skin and needs to be careful about the jewellery she wears.
White gold is similar in colour to platinum. It is made by combining yellow gold with a white metal like silver, zinc or copper and nickel. It is also then dipped in rhodium. What white gold has over platinum is that it is more budget-friendly, however it is important to note that it is not nearly as strong and so you can expect it to wear away and require regular replating.
We’re delighted that yellow gold is enjoying something of a renaissance. It’s a metal that can help a ring make a bold statement. We use 18 karat gold (as ‘pure’, 24 karat gold is too soft) which means that other metals such as silver, copper, nickel and zinc are added to ensure it can stand the test of time. It is the different mix of metal alloys which gives yellow gold, rose gold and white gold their different colours.
We love yellow gold for the classic, traditional look, especially if we are working with one, large diamond (solitaire).
For that vintage, soft pink look, rose gold is the way to go. Rose gold is a mix of yellow gold with a copper alloy and the pink colour is really rather romantic! It works best when paired with diamonds and not other gem stones but it seems to work beautifully with all skin tones. Unlike white gold, it is not dipped in rhodium and therefore will not need re-plating.
There are so many wonderful options to consider. Read our ultimate engagement ring guide for more info and please do get in touch – we would love to hear from you.
Until then, take care of yourselves,
Jackie and Colleen,