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Which metal should you choose for your engagement ring? 

Which metal should you choose for your engagement ring? 

Choosing the perfect engagement ring is an exciting time, and a significant milestone in anyone’s life. The ring symbolises love, commitment, and the promise of a future together. But when all our focus is on the diamond or gemstone, its size, shape and clarity, we can sometimes lose focus on the metal of the ring – which is equally, if not more, important. The metal not only influences the ring’s appearance but also its durability and comfort. From the classic allure of gold to the modern timelessness of platinum, each metal has their own characteristics – let’s get into which is the best option for your engagement ring. 

Yellow gold: A classic choice 

Gold has long been the traditional choice for engagement rings, admired for its value and warm glow. For engagement rings, 18 karat (75% gold) strikes a balance between purity and strength, making it an ideal choice, but 9k gold is suitable too. Yellow gold is perfect for those who appreciate classic beauty and want a ring that will remain timeless. It works well with both gemstones and diamonds. 

White gold: Sleek and chic 

White gold is a popular alternative for those who prefer the look of platinum but are mindful of budget. It’s made by alloying yellow gold with white metals like palladium or nickel, coated in rhodium for extra durability and shine. This gives white gold its sleek, silver finish, which has become increasingly sought after for engagement rings. Its bright, white finish complements diamonds beautifully. 

Platinum: The durable option 

For those seeking the ultimate in durability and luxury, platinum is the best choice. Its natural white sheen enhances the brilliance of diamonds without the need for plating. Platinum’s density and weight make it exceptionally durable, meaning it’s less likely to wear down or scratch over time, making it a great choice for jewellery (such as engagement rings) that will be worn daily. Platinum is hypoallergenic, making it a perfect choice for those with sensitive skin. 

Rose gold: Romantic and unique 

Rose gold has surged in popularity for engagement rings due to its romantic and distinctive look. The warm pink hue, created by alloying gold with copper, offers a vintage appeal that stands out from more traditional metals. Rose gold is durable and more affordable than platinum, making it an excellent choice for those looking for something unique, that won’t break the bank. Its distinctive colour is flattering against all skin tones, and has a timeless feel. 

Silver: An affordable alternative 

While not as commonly chosen for engagement rings due to its lower value than other metals, sterling silver can be a budget-friendly alternative for those who prefer a cooler metal hue. Silver allows for a wide range of designs at a more accessible price point. However, it may require more maintenance to keep it looking its best over time, as it has more potential to wear or scratch. For those who love the look of silver, white gold or platinum are more durable alternatives for an engagement ring. 

So which is for you?

The choice of metal for your engagement ring depends on personal taste, lifestyle, and budget. While there are recommendations we can make, the best choice is one that reflects your personal style and suits your daily activities.