When it comes to choosing a metal for your engagement ring or wedding band, there are several options to consider. The most popular choices are white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. Each metal has its own unique characteristics that can impact the overall look and durability of your ring.
White gold is an alloy of gold and other white metals such as nickel or palladium. It has a shiny, silvery-white appearance that resembles platinum, but is more affordable. White gold is often plated with rhodium to enhance its color and durability. However, the rhodium plating may wear off over time, revealing the yellowish color of the gold underneath. It's important to note that some people may have an allergic reaction to the nickel in white gold, so it's recommended to choose a palladium-based white gold or consider other metal options if you have a nickel allergy.
Yellow gold is a classic and timeless choice for engagement rings. It is made of pure gold mixed with other alloys such as copper and zinc to increase its durability and strength. The higher the karat, the more pure gold is in the metal. However, higher karats also mean a softer metal that is more prone to scratches and dings. 18k and 14k yellow gold are popular choices for engagement rings, as they offer a balance between durability and gold content. We do offer 10k which helps provide a beautiful ring at a lower price point.
Platinum is a dense, durable, and naturally white metal that is known for its purity and rarity. It is the most expensive metal option for engagement rings due to its high demand and limited supply. Platinum is hypoallergenic and will not tarnish or fade over time. It is also more durable than gold and can withstand daily wear and tear. However, it is important to note that platinum is a heavier metal than gold, so it may feel heavier on the finger.
Ultimately, the choice of metal for your engagement ring or wedding band depends on personal preference and lifestyle. Consider factors such as durability, color, and price when making your decision. At Elite Fine Jewelers, we offer a wide selection of engagement rings in white gold, yellow gold, platinum, and other metals. Our expert staff can help guide you in choosing the perfect metal for your dream ring. We can't wait to work with you!!