Precious metal such as gold or platinum are the first choice for fine jewelry and engagement rings. Besides being deeply sentimental, precious metal and diamonds are often once-in-a-lifetime purchase.
So understanding the costs of all the elements is part of being an informed shopper. Also, there is no reason for you to settle for a pre-made ring when brands like LovBe allow you to craft the ring of your dreams, in a metal color that suits your partners’ skin and your ‘collective’ style. Your ring deserves to be handcrafted in metal you choose and this is very important as you get to make sure how your diamond shines through on your engagement ring.
Whether this is your first piece from LovBe or a new piece to your collection, our Diamond Concierge will help you make the most of every detail. You’ll recognize the level of expertise and craftsmanship in every one of our LovBe ring which you or your partner will cherish and wear for a lifetime.
Deciding between white gold and platinum may seem impossible but you will hear it from jewelers (or even friends) that platinum is the “best” metal. But is it enough to justify a heftier price tag? The answer is not a straight yes but if the idea of owning one of the world’s rarest metals which is a naturally white metal and makes your diamond look like ‘million dollars’ then it is perhaps the right choice.
The additional cost of platinum jewelry can almost solely be attributed to the fact that platinum jewelry and platinum engagement rings are created with higher purity (as high as 95% pure in many cases). Higher purity equals more platinum, which means a higher cost. Platinum metals are also higher in density and when compared to a gold ring of the same size, the platinum ring will be noticeably heavier. Keep this in mind when choosing a thicker engagement ring band as the ‘heaviness’ may take some “getting used to”.
Platinum’s name is derived from the Spanish term platina, which literally translates into “little silver.” But unlike silver, which oxidises and loses its ‘whiteness’ over time, platinum engagement rings are pretty low maintenance. Platinum jewelry does develop a satin sheen over the time from daily wear (scratching etc) which is also known as a patina but this actually allows the center diamond to draw more attention.
White gold (14 or 18K) is preferred metal for engagement rings or wedding bands because of its clean luster. White gold is an alloy of gold and has to be mixed with harder metals for added durability and strength such as palladium, silver, nickel, and manganese. White gold jewelry also gets rhodium plating to help in achieving that ‘platinum-white’ look.
The gold content of all fine gold jewelry – whether white, yellow or rose gold – is measured in “karats.” In 14K, gold content corresponds to 58.3% while in 18K gold content translates to 75%. Both 14K & 18K white gold look good, shine remarkably and are durable choices for daily wear jewelry. The metal has the same appearance as platinum and silver, but has a more affordable price than platinum and is much more resilient than silver. Visibly, there is no difference between 14K and 18K white gold pieces of jewelry in terms of color – both items will look white because they are plated with rhodium.
White gold is almost always plated with rhodium. Rhodium, which is a hard material belonging to the platinum family, doesn’t tarnish or discolor and is fairly resistant to scratches. Like platinum, rhodium plating is also hypoallergenic. While the choice of metal is a personal preference, 14K White Gold will work perfectly for engagement rings as it is more durable while 18K White Gold is a good choice for fine jewelry like earrings or pendants.
Rose gold first became popular in 19th century Russia, and was known at the time as Russian gold. It later caught on in the United States during the 1920s when Cartier introduced the Trinity, a ring made of three interlocking yellow, rose and white gold bands. Rose gold jewelry resurfaced on popularity charts sometime in 2000s and continues to be in demand.
Not only is it durable, but also the ‘red or pint tint’ of this metal makes for a very alluring engagement ring design. Rose gold is made of 75% gold and 25% copper and gets its rose color due to the presence of copper. Rose gold is also known as pink and red gold.
Rose gold jewelry is deemed to be one of the most romantic because its color symbolizes love. You can choose rose gold as the metal option for your engagement ring online on LovBe or browse fine jewelry crafted with the metal. More the copper in the gold alloy, more will be the durability. Hence, 14K rose gold which contains 58% pure gold and 42% copper appears to be darker pink and will hold its shape. On the other hand, 18K rose gold contains 75% pure gold and 25% copper, will have a lighter pink appearance and is considered softer than 14K. People of all skin tones can flaunt this precious metal beautifully. The metals’ shade will fluctuate depending on the ratio of copper and over time, may appear darker or redder or more vintage because of the copper component.
In the 1960-80’s, yellow gold was pretty much the ‘gold’ standard for bridal jewelry! It is difficult to find many rings from that time that were made of white metals. Starting around the mid 1990’s, this metal dropped off the fashion charts for wedding and engagement rings. But it made a ‘comeback’ in the last few years as wedding styles & brides chose classic traditions and embraced the ‘retro’ style. You can now think of yellow gold as “old school glam.”
Pure 100% fine gold is 24 karat but this deep golden color metal is too soft for general purpose jewelry. For long-lasting bridal jewelry that will hold its shape, gold is mixed with other metals like copper and silver. It is made up of 75% gold, 12.5% copper, 12.5% silver. 14 karat gold is 14 parts gold, or 58.5% pure gold and pretty much the standard for American jewelry.
The number of gold karats present in the metal also impacts its color; the purer the gold, the yellower it will be. For example, 18K gold will appear to have a more yellowy-gold color than 14K gold. So, if you want your wedding jewelry to match, make sure you choose either all 18K yellow gold or all 14K yellow gold, so the colors are the same.