Selecting The Right Types Of Engagement Ring Bands
With its elegant gray-white look and lasting durability, the platinum engagement ring may be the best choice. This choice of metal is corrosion resistant due to it being soft in its pure state. Here is the key, only jewelry containing 950 platinum (95% platinum and 5% alloys) can be called “Platinum”;
What can I say about gold, it’s been used with jewelry for thousands of years and is known for its enchanting beauty. Gold is soft and as a result, needs to be mixed with alloys to maintain it’s life. The term used to determine gold’s fineness is Karat. There are 24 parts used to state golds fineness. Gold that is 75% in purity is 18K gold. That would be 18 parts pure gold and six parts an alloying metal.
Usually, rose gold is created by mixing gold with copper and silver. There are so many options for blending, that companies safeguard any information about their secret recipes from competitors. Because it’s alloyed with other metals, rose gold is more durable than yellow gold.
The color matches wonderfully with all skin tones.
When you mix pure gold with white metals such as silver or palladium you produce white gold. White gold is gorgeous and durable, making it an excellent choice for an engagement ring. The one downfall to white gold is that it’s coated with rhodium to enhance it’s shine and protect from scratching. Once the rhodium wears away, the band may require replating.
Although sterling silver is beautiful, it’s hardly used in engagement rings because it’s not very durable and tarnishes over time. Sterling silver is an alloy mix of 925 parts. 92.5% being silver and 7.5% copper or other metals like zinc or nickel. Although it’s an excellent gift for a girlfriend, I’d stay away from sterling silver for an engagement ring.
Side Stones For Your Engagement Ring
Your engagement ring can be enhanced by adding some side stones. Side stones add a layer of gems (normally diamonds) to extend the radius of shine. Try to keep the side stones the same color as the center stone; Again, we’re trying to keep that shine consistent across the entire radius of the diamond.