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Choosing the right metal for your engagement or wedding band is crucial in giving you a ring that will last a long time and look lustrous and stunning.
While there are a range of alternative metals that are becoming increasingly popular for the use of engagement and wedding rings, the classic metals are still gold and platinum.
While gold and platinum can cost more than other types of metals, including tungsten, titanium, cobalt or palladium, these metals have several benefits. These include:
Platinum is one of the most durable metals with a naturally white color. Unlike white gold, platinum does not require rhodium plating to keep it lustrous and white, which makes maintaining a platinum ring easier.
Platinum is a denser metal with alloys that are over 95% in purity. This means that when you purchase a platinum ring, you’re buying more platinum and less of other metals. These factors contribute to platinum’s higher price compared to gold.
In terms of durability, platinum is strong and resistant to scratches. When a platinum ring gets scratched, the metal doesn’t get scratched out but simply displaces. This means that over time, platinum rings don’t wear thin.
One factor to consider with platinum is that as it gets older, platinum rings develop a patina, made up of tiny scratches in the metal. This gives the platinum ring an aged, worn look, which can be polished out professionally. However, some people love the look of platinum patina while others prefer to have a lustrous, shiny ring.
In its natural form, gold is yellow but it can be alloyed into rose and white gold varieties. Let’s take a look at these three types of gold:
All the above three types of gold come in 14K and 18K varieties. These numbers simply refer to the amount of pure gold content in the alloy. 15K gold contains 58.5% pure gold while 18K contains 75% pure gold. Naturally, the higher the gold purity, the more expensive but softer the metal. As a result, 14K gold is more popular as it’s more durable, looks excellent and comes at a lower price point.
It can be difficult to choose the perfect metal between these four options as each has its pros and cons. However, let’s narrow it down as follows: