Choosing the metal for your engagement or wedding ring

Choosing the metal for your engagement or wedding ring

24-karat gold is 24 parts gold. (100% GOLD)

18-karat gold is 18 parts gold, 6 parts of other metals. (75% gold / 25% other metal)

12-karat gold is 12 parts gold, 12 parts of other metals. (50% gold / 50% other metal)

9-karat gold is the least pure, with 9 parts gold and 12 parts other metals.

For the metals to be imbued with the different colours, an alloy of other metals is used in the manufacture. Typically 18 karat white gold is made up of 75% gold and 25% of other material, typically nickel and zinc, these components give the white colour, while 18 karat rose gold is made from 75% gold and 25% copper, which gives the light pink colour.

Choosing the metal for your engagement or wedding ring

YELLOW GOLD

Engagement and wedding rings are most often made of yellow gold. Its golden hue complements diamonds, as well as rubies, tanzanites, emeralds and other precious stones. The rich, yellow hue of 18K gold makes it a popular choice for engagement rings and other jewellery. If you have a nickel allergy, 18K gold jewellery is unlikely to irritate your skin because it is unlikely to contain nickel. In a nutshell, 18K gold is gorgeous, with the typical golden hue that most people associate with gold jewellery.

WHITE GOLD

White gold is frequently compared to platinum, despite the fact that white gold is less expensive. The metals that the yellow gold is combined with, as well as the rhodium plating, give it a silvery appearance. The rhodium will eventually wear away, and the ring will revert to its natural yellow gold colour. The silvery sheen can be maintained by redipping the ring in rhodium, which is a relatively inexpensive technique that some jewellers even provide for free with your purchase.

ROSE GOLD

Rose gold has been more popular in recent years as a result of the vintage aesthetic that has resurfaced in fashion. Rose gold is a metal alloy made up of a mix of pure gold and copper. The combination of the two metals alters the hue and karat of the final product. For instance, the most common rose gold alloy is 75 percent pure gold and 25 percent copper, or 18k rose gold.

Choosing the metal for your engagement or wedding ring

PLATINUM

Platinum is the most valuable precious metal on the planet. Platinum belongs to the platinum metals group, which also includes palladium and rhodium. It is 30 times more valuable than gold. It's also extremely long-lasting, strong, and simple to deal with. A platinum ring is a purer metal than a gold ring since it is almost entirely made of platinum rather than a combination of metals.

Platinum is hypoallergenic as well as tarnish and wear resistant. Its tint is grayish-white, and its silvery hue can make diamonds appear whiter. It resembles – and is frequently mistaken for – white gold. Platinum, on the other hand, is significantly rarer than gold, making it a more expensive metal for rings. It also has a higher density than gold. As a result, a platinum ring will weigh more on the finger.