While buying or customizing an engagement ring, the focus should not merely be on the gemstone. Equal attention should be given to the metal because the metal is the foundation of the ring and radiates its overall beauty. Since the engagement ring is to be worn on a daily basis, one must ensure that the metal is durable. Of all the factors you need to consider while buying an engagement ring, choosing the right metal is deemed to be the most complex task. This is because, the choice under metal has diversified and where it was once a choice between just yellow and white gold, you now need to look into a wide range of options and understand the difference too.
Following is a step by step guide on how to pick the right metal for your engagement ring:
Plan Your Budget: Buying an engagement ring is quite an investment, so it is of utmost necessity to plan ahead. How much should be spent, is totally a matter of personal preference and should not be driven by what a particular culture says. So fix a budget, taking into consideration the type of metal, the type of stone and the quality therein.
Know her Style: The second most important area you ought to consider is to determine your fiancé’s choice and taste. You will need to keep an eye on the type of jewelry your fiancé typically wears. Is she more in favor of light hues and silver toned jewelry? Or does she prefer warm tones like rose gold or yellow gold? Does she like the idea of mixing metals like yellow gold and white gold? Knowing her taste will surely reduce your efforts to half.
There are basically four popular metals for an engagement ring. They are silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Each of these metals has their own unique characteristics and there can never be any right or wrong metal when it comes to picking one. However, the selection is determined by one’s own preference.
Let us now take a look at the metal choices you have:
Gold: Since time unknown, gold has always been the most popular metal due to its durability, versatility and warm tone. Gold by nature is very soft and hence it is often mixed with other alloy metals like copper and zinc to further strengthen it. Gold is divided into the following:
- Yellow Gold: This is apt for people with a warm skin tone. The biggest advantage of yellow gold is that the color improves with age and does not need re-plating, which is usually a very costly affair. They are known for their sheer elegance and hence a classic choice.
- White Gold: They are pure gold mixed with white metals like palladium and silver that gives the effect of light grey or white hue. White gold looks good on any skin tone and are a more contemporary choice than yellow gold. An advantage here is they are not easily tarnished because there is no copper. They can also be combined with platinum or titanium. White gold is less expensive than platinum and hence it is an ideal choice for those who cannot go for platinum, but at the same time wishes to go for light tone metal.
- Rose Gold: This hue works best for those with warm skin tones. They are also known as pink gold and are unique in every way. They are generally a combination of yellow gold and copper alloy.
- Green Gold: This is truly a nature inspired metal, unusual yet beautiful. It is created by combining yellow gold with copper, zinc and silver.
Platinum: They are naturally white and considered the most precious of all the metals. Platinum is one of the most expensive metals, is more stronger and denser than gold, heavier than other metals and is a more popular choice for engagement and wedding rings. Platinum has high density, which makes it a more secure metal for setting diamonds or other stones. They are naturally hypoallergenic and is less likely to tarnish or fade. Due to its rarity they are pricey. However, that did not come in the way of making it the most favored metal choice for engagement and wedding rings.
Palladium: Though not popular like the other three metals, they have become increasingly popular over time. Palladium is also white as platinum but not as expensive. They are tarnish-resistant, are naturally hypoallergenic, lighter than other metals and are ideal for those who are sensitive to other metals.
Though it is tricky to decide which metal will be the perfect choice for her, the above mentioned information is sure to give you an idea of what she would best prefer. If you are still unable to decide, you can seek the help of a professional jeweler who can assist you in finding the right metal for your partner.