Guide to Engagement Ring Metal Types
Guide to Engagement Ring Metals
Your engagement ring is a symbol of your undying love for and commitment to your partner, represented by the unending circle of the rings band and the strong, brilliant, and beautiful center stone. As this is a ring you will likely be wearing for many years to come, if not the rest of your life, it is essential that you choose a piece that can stand the test of time. Our team at Azzi Jewelers have put together a guide to the pros and cons of some of the most common engagement ring metals to help make your selection a breeze.
Bold, warm, and versatile, yellow gold is the purest variation of gold alloys, most closely resembling gold visually in its natural state. They require few other additives to achieve their finish, so they are more hypoallergenic than white or rose gold rings. Yellow gold bands provide a starkly contrasting background for a diamond or other gemstone. The added copper gives the gold strength and durability that ensures your ring will retain its shape and beauty. 18K and 14K yellow gold rings are wonderfully strong and resistant to damage.
This silvery metal is achieved by adding white metals like zinc or nickel to pure gold to achieve its distinctive white sheen. White gold is often then coated in rhodium to ensure the bright hue. This will wear with time, however, and require re-dipping or the metal will revert to its natural yellow color. A ring wrought in white gold is a durable option that is relatively cost-effective, especially when compared to more expensive silver metals like platinum.
This unique metal is romantically and distinctively feminine by providing an eye-catching hue that has gained much popularity in the past five to ten years. Its color is achieved by a higher concentration of copper. Rose gold is a great option for those looking for something a bit atypical, especially those with a particular affinity for pink. It is wonderfully durable, ensuring your fairy-tale engagement ring will last in elegance and vibrancy for years to come.
Incredibly durable and incredibly resistant to tarnish, platinum is one of the most dependable metals for engagement rings to be forged in. Its rarity and purity, however, do make it a bit more costly than gold alloys. Though it costs more up front, it may be worthwhile in the long run, as you are less likely to have to pay the semi-regular maintenance fees that other ring metals require. Platinum is also denser than most other engagement ring metals, giving rings a luxurious feel.
Shop Engagement Rings at Azzi Jewelers
You can trust our team here at Azzi Jewelers to assist you in making the best, most informed decision possible when it comes to shopping for an engagement ring. Our Lansing jewelry store is stocked with an impressive selection of rings from some of the most reputable bridal jewelry designers in the world. It will be our pleasure to help you choose a ring to propose to your soulmate with. Request an appointment for a personalized consultation with one of our team members.