One of the first questions that I ask my customers is what precious metal they are attracted to? It is particularly important if you are choosing an engagement ring to remember that you will have to choose a compatible metal for your wedding ring or eternity ring. For example, you cannot have a gold wedding ring and a platinum engagement ring – as gold is softer that platinum and will wear your ring down.
So your choices are….
Platinum is the hardest known metal to man and does not tarnish or fade. It is expensive because it is so rare and expensive to mine. It is much heavier than gold. If its a piece you will wear every day, I always advise customers, choose platinum rather than white gold (if your budget allows).
White gold is 75% yellow gold mixed in with white metal alloys. It requires a certain level of maintenance – you need to have it ‘dipped’ every so often in order for it to retain its colour.
Yellow gold - without question 18ct is best! 9ct gold, like copper, tarnishes, turns green or black and does the same to your skin and clothes. 14ct can still tarnish and be a little brittle. 22ct can often be a little soft.
Rose gold (also known as pink gold and red gold) – is usually 75% yellow gold mixed with copper, the stronger the colour the higher the copper content. This gold has a lovely colour but can be a little soft for daily sustained daily wear.