Picking The Right Ring Metal For A Valentine’s Proposal: Part 2

When planning a Valentine’s proposal, it is important to get every detail right. Earlier this week, we spent some time discussing different ring metals for engagement rings. Although rose gold and platinum are popular choices for Valentine’s Day, they aren’t the only options. Depending on your bride to be’s personality and style, yellow gold and white gold may be better options. Continue reading the Adiamor blog to help decide the best ring metal for your Valentine’s day proposal!

White Gold Engagement Rings

Pear Shape Diamond Halo EngagementChoosing the perfect ring metal for your Valentine’s Day proposal depends heavily on the future bride. Pairing her style and preferences with a white gold ring is easy to do. White gold has a silvery shine to it, similar to platinum. However, platinum is more dense and heavier than white gold, which makes a white gold engagement ring the perfect choice for a dainty, feminine ring. Additionally, pave set engagement rings look great in white gold because it appears as if the entire ring was dipped in diamonds. If you’re looking for sophisticated elegance for your Valentine’s Day proposal, then white gold may be the perfect solution.

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

yellow gold engagement ringProposing on Valentine’s Day is definitely a popular idea. Because of this, many men overthink their Valentine’s proposal and do too much. Yellow gold can be a solution this problem. In fact, yellow gold is the most traditional and classic of all engagement rings. This makes choosing a simple yellow gold solitaire engagement ring an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. Although this traditional elegance may seem understated, a solitaire diamond sparkles and shines when paired with yellow gold. When in doubt, there’s simply nothing like a classic yellow gold ring.

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How To Choose An Engagement Ring Metal

Getting engaged is a life changing decision. And picking out the perfect ring can seem nearly impossible at first. When you start shopping for an engagement ring, there are many choices to make. In addition to learning about diamonds as well as ring styles, you also have to make sure you understand the differences in ring metals. Most engagement rings consist of a band made from a precious metal, typically gold or platinum, as well as one or more diamonds.

Traditional Yellow Gold

yellow goldSince the natural color of gold is yellow, yellow gold is the most classic of all ring metals. It is also considered to be the most timeless choice. Yellow gold’s natural hues pair exceptionally well with the sparkle and brilliance of diamonds. This combination of warm colors and cool sparkle makes yellow gold an excellent choice for pave settings and halo settings that incorporate additional gemstones.

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Romantic Rose Gold Engagement Rings

rose gold ringThe pinkish hues of rose gold are one of the reasons its so popular these days. Since rose gold rings are flattering to nearly every skin tone, they are highly sought after. Also, rose gold is considered to be a romantic ring metal due to its pink colors. Another reason rose gold is such a popular ring metal is it pairs well with both fancy colored diamonds and other gemstones. For this reason, rose gold is the perfect ring for creating a unique look that stands out.

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Elegant White Gold

white gold ringThe sophistication of white gold is why so many now prefer it to yellow gold. Although white gold does have a slight natural tint of yellow, it is plated with rhodium to make it appear brighter and more white. This durable coating requires upkeep to prevent the natural yellow tints to show. The cool tones of white gold make these rings the perfect match for brilliant diamonds. The shine of white gold resembles the look of platinum, and this is another reason it is such a popular choice.

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How Pure Are White Gold Engagement Ring Settings?

While yellow gold is the traditional standard for both engagement rings and wedding bands, white gold is certainly quite popular. White gold allows jewelry wears a bit more options. The color of white gold is actually quite similar to the color of platinum, yet it is a more affordable option. Platinum is more rare, but this also means it is more expensive. For gold lovers who want something lighter in color, white gold is a great alternative. However, many people worry that their white gold engagement ring will not have the same value. In order to bust this myth, let’s take some time to understand white gold.

White Gold Characteristics

As a metal, gold will not tarnish, rust, or corrode. These properties, along with the value of gold due to its scarcity as a metal, make gold a great choice for creating fine jewelry. However, pure 24 karat gold is actually quite soft. It must be alloyed with other metals for strength. This means that all gold jewelry that is not pure 24k gold is an alloy, including yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold jewelry.

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Classic Solitaire Setting in
18K White Gold

How Is White Gold Created?

To create white gold, white metals such as nickel, silver, and palladium are used to create an alloy with the gold. Since 14k white gold is 58.3% gold and 18k white gold is 75% gold, both will naturally have a yellowish tint. The brilliant white luster in white gold is from rhodium plating. Although rhodium plating is very hard and durable, the plating may wear away and leave a yellowish tint. However, 19k white gold is naturally white in color; it does not require the rhodium plating.

Gold Content in White Gold Engagement Ring Settings

White gold engagement ring settings contain the same amount of pure gold as their yellow gold and rose gold counterparts. It is important to remember that all gold content is measured in karats. The higher the karat, the greater the gold content (and therefore the greater the price). Although white gold only has a yellowish tint, an 18k white gold engagement ring still contains the same percentage of gold as an 18k yellow gold ring.

When picking out a ring, remember that white gold engagement ring settings contain the same amount of pure gold as their other colored counterparts. The most important thing to remember is that the karat value defines the amount of gold in the setting. Since the gold content is the same, the choice between yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold engagement rings comes down to personal preference. For more information, check out the Adiamor Metal Education page or simply start designing your own engagement ring today!