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What Type of Metal Should I Choose for an Engagement Ring?

What Type of Metal Should I Choose for an Engagement Ring?

When choosing an engagement ring, one of the primary factors for both practicality and style is the metal the stones are set in. This blog explores the different types of metals that are most commonly used for engagement rings, explaining their benefits, as well as anything you should take into consideration before making your choice, including maintenance and care. 

Platinum Engagement Rings

Platinum is the most expensive metal for engagement rings, as well as one of the most popular choices. In comparison to gold, platinum is both rarer and purer, which is why they are often priced at a higher point. 

As well as rarity and purity, there are a number of other benefits for platinum engagement rings. Firstly, platinum is the most durable of all metals for engagement rings. It doesn't tarnish as easily as gold and also doesn't require rhodium plating, making it easier to maintain. Platinum is also hyper-allergenic which makes it a great choice for people with sensitive skin conditions. 

We have summarised the pros and cons of platinum engagement rings in the table below;

Pros

Cons

Rare

Pure

Durable 

Doesn’t tarnish easily 

Easy to maintain

Hyper-allergenic 

Pairs beautifully with a variety of diamonds and gemstones

Expensive 

How to care for a platinum engagement ring:

Due to the durability of platinum, rings can easily be maintained and polished without the worry of causing damage. However, if rings have diamonds or other gemstones set in them, it is always recommended they are taken to a specialist jeweller to ensure the stones remain looking as good as the metal. 

Here are some platinum engagement rings to consider:

White Gold Engagement Rings 

White gold is another popular choice among those looking for a ring that is extra bright, but at a price that is less expensive than platinum. 

In order to give white gold its shining colour, yellow gold is combined with a white metal to create an alloy. This then requires rhodium plating that needs to be maintained in order to maintain its bright appearance. Pros and cons of white gold include the following;

Pros

Cons

Less expensive 

Bright appearance 

Pairs beautifully with a variety of diamonds and gemstones

Requires rhodium plating 

Requires regular professional maintenance 

How to care for a white gold engagement ring:

White gold rings need to be re-plated every few years to ensure they remain looking shiny and new. If you do a lot of hands-on work, or regularly come into contact with chemicals, such as cleaning products, it is recommended that rings are removed beforehand and kept in a safe place, or you should be prepared to have them re-plated more often. 

While a jeweller is re-plating the ring, they will also take the time to ensure any stones are intact. 

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings 

Yellow gold is a classic choice for not only engagement rings, but also jewellery in general. If you tend to wear more yellow gold coloured items, an engagement ring in the same tone is certainly something to consider. 

The metal type is also growing in popularity due to the rising trend in vintage inspired rings. For this kind of look, we recommend looking at a yellow gold engagement ring set with a classic gemstone, such as sapphire, emerald or ruby. 

Yellow gold engagement rings can vary in price depending on the carat. The higher the carat, the more pure gold there is in the alloy of the ring, and therefore, the more expensive it is. Similarly, the weight, cut and setting of any diamonds or gemstones will impact the value. 

The pros and cons of yellow gold include;

Pros

Cons

Classic appearance

Pairs beautifully with a variety of diamonds and gemstones

Easy to maintain 

Vary in price 

 

How to care for a yellow gold engagement ring:

Yellow gold is also easy to care for, however, if neglected for long durations, they could end up looking dull and old. As with any ring, it is always recommended you have a yellow gold one checked and maintained by a trained professional. This can help prevent any scratches or damages to the diamonds or stones. 

Here are some yellow gold engagement rings to consider:

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Rose gold is a beautiful alternative to the more traditional metals. If you are looking for a unique engagement ring, or simply love the colour, rose gold is the metal for you. The metal type gets its pinkish colour from the copper that is added to the gold in the mixing process. 

Although a stylish choice, a rose gold engagement ring requires some thought regarding stone choice. The metal complements warmer toned stones such as Morganite, whereas cooler-toned gemstones, such as sapphires, are better suited to white gold or platinum settings. A classic diamond would also look stunning in a rose gold setting. 

The pros and cons of rose gold include the following;

Pros

Cons

Stylish and on- trend 

Suites a variety of skin tones 

Doesn’t pair well with all stones 

Can dull over time if not professionally maintained 

How to care for a rose gold engagement ring:

It is possible for a rose gold ring to dull over time, especially if it regularly comes into contact with chemicals, such as those in cleaning products or moisturisers etc. Therefore, it is important for rings to be looked at by specialists from time to time. As well as keeping rings clean, polished and looking brand new, this can ensure there is no damage to the stones, too.

Here are some rose gold engagement rings to consider:

Here at Paul Sheeran, we offer a lifetime steam-clean and polish to all customers who purchase their engagement rings with us. This way, no matter the metal type you choose, you can ensure your, or your partner’s dream engagement ring lasts as long as your new life together.

For more engagement ring inspiration, you can browse our collection online today, or for more information on our services, get in touch with our specialist team.


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