Choosing the Right Metal for Your Ring
There’s a lot to consider when shopping for an engagement ring or wedding ring. Not only do you have to get the size right (here’s a guide on how to discreetly measure your other half’s ring size, if you’re struggling!), but you also have to choose the right kind of ring style to best suit their hand and pick a diamond style you know they’ll love and cherish forever. We don’t want to make a tricky task even more daunting, but when shopping for a special ring, there’s another thing you have to consider — choosing the right metal type.
At Angelic Diamonds, our rings are available in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum and palladium. Although the diamond is usually the star of the show, the band is what holds everything together and the type of metal you pick will define the ring’s look and also affect the diamond’s appearance. To help you make the right choice first time, here’s our guide on how to choose the right metal when shopping for an engagement or wedding ring.
Yellow is the colour most commonly associated with gold. Our yellow gold diamond rings are created by combining pure gold with alloys such as zinc and copper. Defined by its alluring sheen, instantly distinguishable colour and eye-catching appearance, yellow gold has a classic look that appeals to those who prefer a vintage style. Whatsmore, yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic of all gold metals, making it an ideal choice if your bride-to-be has sensitive skin.
Choose a yellow gold band if you want a traditional, timeless ring that compliments warm skin tones and stands out wonderfully against dark skin.
Our white gold diamond rings are created by combining yellow gold with alloys such as palladium and silver. This creates a light grey or yellow-tinted metal that is then plated in rhodium, resulting in the sophisticated silver-looking finish that’s very popular today. The major downside of white gold rings is that the rhodium plating needs to be reapplied on a regular basis for the metal to keep its brilliant shine. But many find the small hassle is worth it for an affordable, contemporary ring.
Choose a white gold band if you want a durable, glamorous ring that highlights a spectacular diamond and compliments cool skin tones.
Crafted by combining pure gold and copper, our rose gold diamond rings flaunt a feminine, one-of-a-kind look popular with people searching for a time-honoured, traditional ring. Just like white gold, rose gold has been proven to resist tarnishing over time. But unlike white gold, rose gold doesn’t need to have a plating reapplied, making it more low maintenance. However, some people do suffer allergic reactions to copper, so it’s important to find out if your bride-to-be has any kind of copper allergy before investing in this metal type.
Choose a rose gold band if you want a vintage, yet stylish ring steeped in romance that goes well with all skin types.
Naturally white in colour and guaranteed to never fade, platinum is one of the most popular metal types for engagement rings. Our platinum diamond rings are a mixture of 95% platinum and 5% alloy, usually cobalt. Despite being remarkably strong and hard-wearing, platinum will scratch over time, just like any other precious metal. But you can easily restore any scratched ring to its former glory with the help of a professional jeweller. Because of its purity, platinum is extremely hypoallergenic and thanks to its incredible strength, this type of metal makes engravings look spectacularly detailed and flawless.
Choose a platinum band if you want a strong, long-lasting ring that will stay as bright and shiny as the day you first bought it for years to come.
A cheaper alternative to platinum, our palladium diamond rings are a combination of 95% palladium and 5% alloy, usually ruthenium. Both metals possess many of the same qualities, but palladium is much lighter and comes with a smaller price tag. Unlike white gold (which needs to be replated) and platinum (which requires repolishing), palladium asks for very little maintenance to keep up its beautiful silver colour.
Choose a palladium band if you want a rare, low-maintenance ring that works equally well for diamonds and colourful gemstones.