There are many options when it comes to choosing the base metal for your wedding set. Many people already tend to have an idea of the type of metal they like. However, for those who don’t quite know what they want, or want to try something different for their ring, here is our comprehensive guide to the various metals we use when making jewelry. Whether you’re looking for something to compliment a low key setting, an active lifestyle, or something that reflects a premium budget, the DBK team will help make the “background” of your ring shine almost as much as the diamond.
Gold is the most recognized precious metal in the world and it lends itself to some of the most elegant and classically style rings. When buying a gold engagement ring, you can be sure that it will hold its inherent value. With different finishes of gold such as white gold, rose (pink) gold, and yellow gold there are many styles and options available for everyone. The one drawback to gold as your metal of choice is that it is a softer metal and can become dented and scratched easily the purer in quality the metal is. When choosing white gold or yellow gold Kamni recommends 18 karat as it is considered a more luxurious metal. When choosing rose gold, however, Kamni recommends 14 karat as the alloys that are blended into it to give it that pinkish-rose color make it more malleable and 14 karat allows for additional durability.
Platinum is the most prestigious and valuable metal currently on the market for jewelry. While pure platinum is stronger than gold, most platinum made for jewelry is actually platinum alloy. It is also important to note that 18k white gold, because of its mix of metals is typically stronger than platinum. Platinum’s rarity, heaviness, and density however, are what set it apart from white gold. Platinum is also a naturally white metal and does not require rhodium that white gold does. The natural wear of the rhodium on white gold, also known as yellowing, requires more upkeep and maintenance than platinum. Although gold may have to be rhodiumed from time to time, platinum is known to dent quicker than gold. The pros & cons of both white gold and platinum completely offset one another leaving the ultimate decision of white gold or platinum to the consumer and personal preference. Platinum, however, is recommended for those with skin sensitivities as it is hypoallergenic.
More often than not used in men’s jewelry, tungsten carbide is one of the strongest metals in the worlds. Totally scratch resistant and incredibly durable, tungsten is a very popular choice in men’s wedding bands. The inherent strength of tungsten makes it incredibly hard to resize or adjust. Therefore proper ring sizing is critically important. Many men enjoy tungsten rings because of their heft and durability and tungsten rings compliment active lifestyles.
We can offer mixed metal engagement rings and wedding band sets as well. Some clients will want 2-tone metals such as a yellow gold band with a white gold head holding the diamond or a rose gold band with a platinum head. The options are endless and our team of experts can help with this process and advise the best options for you and your situation.