Engagement Rings – Metals 101

Engagement Rings – Metals 101

The first thing we think about when in search of an engagement ring is the bling in the center. However, you should also take into consideration what part of the ring gets the majority of the beating, the metal band.

There are many types of metals to choose from, but other than the general appearance what is the difference? To help you out, I did a little research:

  • Yellow and White Gold – This popular choice for jewelry is widely available and, thus, less expensive than other metal options. Metal alloys are added to the gold to increase strength. Because of these added alloys, gold can come in different shades depending on what and how much of these alloys are added.
  • Rose Gold – This pretty pink-toned metal is made from combining gold with copper. This metal is fairly durable and compliments a wide variety of skin tones.
  • Platinum – A strong durable metal like platinum will keep your diamond safe and secure in its setting. It is a naturally hypoallergenic metal so those with sensitive skin can easily wear it without irritation. Considered a white metal, platinum will not take the brilliance away from that beautiful 2-carat diamond (hey, a girl can dream right?) by casting any color onto it.

  • Palladium – Similar to platinum, this metal is hypoallergenic, flexible and will not tarnish. Palladium has a lower density so it is less expensive than platinum. Unlike the white metal of platinum, palladium has a darker gray tone to it.
  • Titanium – A sturdy but lightweight metal, titanium is ideal for men’s wedding bands. This metal can have grey finish or be polished black for a really captivating look.
  • Recycled – Create a completely unique ring that includes metals from family heirlooms or pieces you just don’t wear any more. A recycled band will take on the color of the most dominant metal, making your engagement ring, truly, one-of-a-kind (and very Portland!)

So many options!

Happy Searching!