Which Metal Should You Choose?

Fancy shape engagement rings made from platinum & rose gold

Fancy shape engagement rings made from platinum & rose gold


Choosing The Right Metal For Your Engagement Ring

The first thing you will need to think when picking out an engagement ring is your choice of metal – remember, this makes up around 90% of your ring so it's an important decision to make. There are a wide variety of metals that can be used for engagement ring settings and this metals guide is here to provide you with easy to digest information and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:


What actually makes rose gold ‘rose’? 

Why should I choose platinum over white gold, and what is the difference?

How will the metal colour effect the diamond?

What is the most timeless choice of metal for an engagement ring?


Asking yourself these questions is an important part of the process, and will ensure that you find a ring that she will truly love and enjoy wearing every day. Begin with the right metal choice, and you’re off to a good start.

First Things First: Her Personal Style

It’s crucial to take some time to understand your bride-to-be’s own style. What jewellery does she wear? Which pieces are her favourites? You will need to choose a metal that fits with her personal look and the colours she tends to go for. Does she wear a lot of silver, or have a preference for cooler colours? If so, try white gold or platinum. If she loves warm hues and rich colours, yellow or rose gold might be best. Alternatively, you could try a combination of metals, such as two or three gold tones, which will allow for versatility and might fit a more eclectic jewellery style.

You can also think about the way the metals are used in their setting. A pale platinum or white gold head can be used to secure the diamond, which will accentuate its radiance even when combined with a warmer colour (such as yellow gold) for the band.

The Metals: Platinum Engagement Rings

This high-purity metal is around five times more rare than gold and as such is often thought of as the most prized of all precious metals. This may explain its popularity as a metal choice for engagement and wedding bands – although that might also have something to do with it’s beautiful, innate white colour and crisp lustre that perfectly complement a scintillating diamond!

Platinum is also a strong and long-lasting metal that ensures a stable setting for your chosen diamond. You will not need to re-plate a platinum ring either, as it will not tarnish or lose it’s brilliance as your marriage continues.

Is your fiancée a dynamic personality who enjoys spending time outdoors? Then platinum might be the perfect fit. Likewise, if she suffers from sensitive skin, platinum will be your preferred metal, as it is naturally hypoallergenic. 



The Metals: Gold Engagement Rings

Gold is a classic choice for jewellery of all kinds, including engagement rings and wedding rings. It is attractive, adaptable, and can fit a range of styles and requirements.

You will most probably have seen gold listed by ‘karats’. This is the accepted gold measure, with the purest gold being 24 karats. This means that all 24 elements of the metal are gold. 24 karat gold is particularly malleable, which in fact makes it unfit for jewellery use. Adding metal alloys such as silver, zinc, nickel and copper increases the gold’s stability, and provides a durable material with which to create long-lasting engagement rings and other prized pieces.

The quantity and character of the alloys added to gold determine it’s final appearance. Relatively low-percentage 14 karat gold often has a lighter and more yellow-toned colouration, whereas high-percentage 22 karat gold is deep and intense. As well as 22 and 14 karat (which hold around 92% and 58% gold respectively), you will regularly come across 18 karat (75%) and 10 karat (42%) gold. You can choose which gold suits your desired style and price range.

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is timeless. Lending itself to traditional looks and modern usage, it has retained its reputation as an enduringly popular metal choice, despite being overtaken by white gold for a short time. Its rich lustre is derived from a combination of red copper and green silver alloys.


White Gold

Yellow gold’s contemporary cousin, a fusion of alloys (copper, zinc and nickel or palladium) create this ever-popular metal’s frosty silver sheen. To increase white gold’s reflectivity, avoid tarnishing and help prevent scratches, it is plated with rhodium, a durable metal that is from the same group as platinum – but is four times more expensive. Rhodium can gradually deteriorate, so re-plating may be necessary.


Rose Gold

An elegant mixture of yellow gold and copper alloy, rose gold’s lusted-after pink tint lends a charming femininity to engagement rings. While the quantity of alloy used is identical to that of yellow or white gold, rose gold is testament to the impressive difference that elemental choices can make.


The Basis For Your Creation

Having taken some time to discover the array of precious metals available, you can begin to build an engagement ring fit for your life-long partner. Carefully contemplating the various elements of a ring can do more than just increase your knowledge of jewellery – it will help you to understand your other half and their likes and dislikes in a way that you might not have thought possible.

You should enjoy the process of deciding on the right metal, considering the style and adding that all-important sparkling stone – creating a beautiful engagement ring is your testament to the one you love, so take the opportunity to get it right.

Visit us in one of our Hatton Garden shops for more advice on choosing the perfect engagement ring.

GuidesSam Nobes