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ENGAGEMENT RING GUIDE

PRECIOUS METALS GUIDE

 
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ESSENTIALS: METAL OPTIONS

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 a guide to the main considerations.


PLATINUM

APPEARANCE

Platinum is a naturally lustrous silvery white, and because of its beauty and hypoallergenic status is a sought after metal for jewellery.

DURABILITY

Platinum requires very little maintenance, as it is corrosion resistant and does not tarnish. It is also less malleable than gold.

PRICE

Platinum is the most expensive of the precious metals, due to stunning appearance and superior durability.


18K WHITE GOLD

APPEARANCE

18K white gold has a similar silvery white appearance to platinum, making it another stunning choice for jewelry. It is generally not suggested for those with a nickel allergy.

DURABILITY

Because it features rhodium plating, white gold must be re-plated with some regularity to maintain its colour.

PRICE

White gold is more affordable than platinum, but requires more maintenance, so it may accrue more cost in the long run.


18K ROSE GOLD

APPEARANCE

Rose gold is a lovely alloy of gold and copper, with a lustrous blush-pink tone.

DURABILITY

The copper in the alloy lends strength to 18K rose gold, so it is a durable choice which does not require extra maintenance.

PRICE

Rose gold is more affordable than platinum, and has approximately the same price point as white gold and yellow gold.


18K Yellow GOLD

APPEARANCE

18K yellow gold boasts the rich hue for which gold is famous, and its lustre is beautiful.

DURABILITY

18K yellow gold is 75% fine gold and 25% alloys added to strengthen the metal, making it suitably durable for everyday wear.

PRICE

18K yellow gold is more affordable than platinum, and at the same price point as white gold and rose gold.


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