There are three factors to consider when deciding on the right metal for your engagement ring — durability, appearance and cost. The choice of metal is very important as they need to hold the diamond secure for a lifetime. While white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold are the most popular metals that you can choose for your engagement ring setting, besides platinum, it is a daunting decision when you have to pick a metal selection to match your partner’s dream ring design and lifestyle.
White gold can be an excellent choice for people who love the look of platinum but are not looking to invest so much in it. Elegant and striking, white gold is an alloy combined with metals like palladium, nickel, or manganese. White gold may contain nickel, which adds to the setting’s strength and durability. There is no doubt that white gold exudes beauty that is at par with platinum and is an easy choice for customers. It is important to remember that white gold is susceptible to become damaged over time when it comes in contact with the chlorine in tap water. Even though the shine of white gold should last pretty long, when the ‘shiny’ rhodium layer starts to dull, you need to have your ring re-plated.
Rose gold is seen as a chic, feminine choice that is sometimes referred to as pink gold or red gold. Blended with copper alloy and gold components, this metal gives off a dainty rosy hue that is perfect for brides with a penchant for something ‘retro & vintage’. It is because of that copper, that this metal is super durable. Scratches and marks are less likely to be an issue. There’s no coating on it either, so no need to get it buffed or recoated every so often. However, this same copper may cause allergic reactions to some so it’s essential to check if your partner is allergic to that metal or not. Stacking “tri-color” looks of silver, gold, and rose gold bands and rings has been a hit on the fashion scene for a number of years now. Flattering to most skin tones, this is one shade to pick if you want beauty and value rolled into one engagement ring.
Yellow gold will always be synonymous with classic and timeless jewelry. In 2019, Meghan Markle brought the yellow gold jewelry trend back with her engagement ring and wedding band. While pure gold or 24K is considered too soft to be used in most jewelry and so to strengthen it, it’s combined with other metal alloys. It is recommended to choose between 14K or 18K yellow gold, which can withstand everyday wear and tear. Yellow gold isn’t as tough as white gold but it needs less maintenance– with proper care, your ring will look beautiful for years. When paired with diamonds, yellow gold settings may give the stones a yellow tint. One way to avoid yellow gold interfering with diamonds’ shine would be to ensure that the prongs which hold the center stone are finished in white gold.
So, which metal should you choose? The answer depends on your budget, and the ‘style’ you want for your ring or your partner’s ring. White gold will make the diamond center stone appear bigger and classy as it can be — and if that sounds like your dream vision then that’s your answer. Yellow gold is bound to add a shade of warmth to the diamond with it’s reflection which will make the ring stand out radiantly on any skin. If your ring style is feminine, romantic and intended for a woman of now, then rose gold is perfect!
With a plethora of options, excellent quality, and unmatched prices, LovBe and its diamond ring builder allow you to mix and match the settings in different metals to better visualize the ring before purchase.