The selection of a precious metal can create an additional layer of depth and is one of the visual components to consider when creating a custom diamond ring. Not only can metal increase a diamond’s brightness, it can also lend the right amount of contrast for a diamond to shine even more. Personal preference and what is the most visually pleasing to you should dictate your final choice when selecting a precious metal for your custom diamond ring from Mark Broumand.
• Yellow Gold – 14k or 18k yellow gold is pure gold mixed with alloys
• White Gold – 14k or 18k white gold is pure gold and silver or palladium
• Rose Gold – 14k or 18k rose gold is pure gold mixed with alloys and copper for color
• Platinum – a precious silvery-white metal with high tensile strength
Pure gold of any color is relatively delicate and the addition of different alloys strengthens gold to make it durable for daily wear.
Here are some ideas to consider when selecting a precious metal for your custom jewelry piece:
Metals to Accent Diamond Clarity
White gold and platinum are ideal choices to compliment the clarity in diamonds. Additional filigree or milgrain details also add additional sparkle to your ring. Yellow or rose gold can create a contrast to very clear and white diamonds, further intensifying their clarity. If you have chosen a diamond with a warmer color, yellow or rose gold can add just the right touch to bring out the warmer color of your stone.
Compliment or Contrast Fancy Colored Diamonds
When light enters a diamond, it will also reflect off the metals surrounding the stone. In the case of a fancy yellow diamond engagement ring, select yellow gold or rose gold to further enhance the color. If your fancy colored diamond has a strong saturation of color, white gold or platinum will create an enhancing and lovely contrast to your bold stone.
If you are unsure about a precious metal to use, it is also possible to use more than one metal; one for the shank (band) and a completely different metal for the basket that holds your center stone. Many of the custom designed jewelry pieces that Mark has created contain different gold colors and he can help you select the perfect precious metal for your unique creation.