Choosing the right engagement ring metal is as crucial as selecting the perfect diamond. The precious metal you choose can significantly impact the ring's durability, appearance, and cost.
This guide will overview a wide range of popular types of metals for engagement rings for every price range, including gold and platinum. We'll also share expert advice from our renowned jeweler Mark Broumand.
Types of Metals Used in Engagement Ring
When it comes time to choose the metal setting you want to set an engagement ring’s stone against, you can select:
Gold Bands: the Traditional Favorite
Gold is commonly used for wedding and engagement rings due to its versatility and timeless appeal, making it a popular choice for couples. But did you know that gold comes in different options, such as yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold?
Yellow gold is one of the most popular metals used for engagement rings and for good reasons. It’s timeless, classic, and unmistakably luxurious. Yellow gold is also a great choice of metal color if you’re looking for something that won’t go out of style anytime soon.
The yellow color of this metal comes from its main component: pure gold. Pure gold is mixed with other metals to give it its signature yellow hue and make it 14k or 18k gold, which is more durable for everyday wear. At Mark Broumand, we offer two color variations on our yellow gold due to our signature metal mixtures. We offer sunshine yellow gold, a brighter yellow; as well as champagne yellow, a more subtle yellow.
A white gold engagement ring may be a good choice if you want something modern, sophisticated, and glamorous. It has a similar shine to platinum, but its color comes from mixing pure gold with other white metals.
Although white gold looks like platinum, its true color is a bit more cream-like, due to the natural color of the gold. To ensure your white gold rings don’t lose their shine over time, you’ll need to get it re-plated with rhodium every few years.
Rose gold engagement rings are a stunning and romantic choice. This alloy gets its name from the subtle rose hue achieved by adding copper to pure gold, making it a warm and inviting metal. Rose gold looks especially beautiful when set with diamonds and other gemstones, as the soft hue of the metal gives off an air of romance and elegance.
Regarding gold purity, it's important to note that pure gold (24 karat) is quite a soft metal and is often mixed with other metals to increase its durability. We offer both 14k and 18k gold options which are suitable for daily wear. This is not to say these metals are impervious to damage. You will still want to take off any fine jewelry when doing anything intensive with your hands like working out, cooking, etc.
Platinum is more expensive than gold, but it might be the perfect fit if you're looking for a rare and luxurious choice. Platinum's strength and durability surpass many other metals, making it an excellent choice for engagement rings. Its prongs hold precious stones securely, and its color retention and longevity are unmatched. We recommend maintenance on your platinum rings about every 1.5-2 years to keep it in great condition.
Mixed Metal Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands
Mixed metal engagement rings perfectly balance the desirable properties of contemporary style and classic elegance. These unique pieces combine two or more common metals to create stunning two-tone engagement rings or wedding bands that are timelessly stylish. By blending a variety of metals, you can create a one-of-a-kind ring that perfectly reflects your personal preference and taste.
Gold and platinum are the most common types of metals for mixed metal engagement rings. When combined, these metals create a stunning and unique look you won’t find anywhere else.
No matter which raw materials you choose for your engagement ring, make sure it reflects your love story and speaks to your personal style. Your engagement ring should symbolize your love for your partner and remind you of the beautiful life you will build together.
General Care for All Metal Colors and Types
Regardless of the types of metals you choose, proper care and maintenance are essential. Soaking and gentle scrubbing with a soft cloth can soften buildup, while a jewelry polishing cloth can prevent dullness. Avoid harsh chemicals, swimming, and physical activities that could damage the ring. Rings with pavé stones require special considerations, and annual checkups are recommended for all ring metals and styles.
Expert Advice from Mark Broumand
When it comes to engagement rings, gold and platinum make the biggest impressions. Both metals are strong, long-lasting, and timeless in their beauty. They also hold up well against wear and tear over time.
Yellow gold is a classic choice that will never go out of style, but if you want something less traditional, consider platinum for its luxurious feel and stunning white color. Either will make a beautiful and lasting symbol of your love.
Engagement Ring Metals: the Choice Is Yours
Selecting the appropriate engagement ring metal is a crucial choice that involves considering factors beyond cost, such as the ring's symbolism and its compatibility with your daily life. Whether you prefer the classic appeal of gold or the luxury of platinum, remember that the perfect ring symbolizes your unique love.
You can browse the selection of engagement rings and their various metal settings on our website. Mark Broumand makes it easy for you to find a ring that suits your loved one’s preferences. You can alternatively explore Mark Broumand’s design gallery to create a ring that will symbolize your and your partner’s unique love.