Custom Engagement Rings for the Spring Season: Mixed Metals
When it comes to buying custom engagement rings during the spring season, it is all about the choice of metals. Whether you’re into the glowing, warm yellow gold, the trending rose gold or the traditional sleekness of the platinum or white gold, you have all these options at your fingertips.
Once you’ve finally decided which gemstone to give your fiancée and which style best complements her personality and taste, the next decision you will have to make is the metal for that life-changing ring.
Below are a few factors you need to consider when making this once in a lifetime decision.
Gold or Platinum: How do I decide?
Technically, white gold is yellow gold mixed with alloys, which are white. These other metals, usually manganese, nickel or palladium, makes any naturally yellow gold appear whiter. Yet note that the white colour leans on the warmer side of white.
That’s why there is a thin coating of rhodium covering white gold. Rhodium is a relatively strong white metal belonging to the platinum family and helps make white gold appear even whiter.
However, as time goes by, the rhodium plating needs to be replaced, periodically. Before you finally narrow down your options of custom engagement rings, always ask the jeweller whether they would re-plate your ring at no charge.
On the other hand, platinum is a hypoallergenic, naturally white metal, with very little additional alloy. Compared with other precious metals that wear over time, a platinum finish eventually develops a certain pleasant sheen, also known as patina.
This can then be polished again to shine when required. Additionally, because of platinum’s strength, it doesn’t wear at the same rate as gold.
However, since platinum is rare, it could prove to be a bit more expensive compared with white gold. The good thing, though, is that both gold and platinum will not tarnish.
Gold is slightly harder and less dense than platinum and a bit more affordable.
TIP: If you purchased a diamond belonging in the I-J colour, pairing it with a yellow gold setting could offset any visible yellow colour your stone could display.
14K or 18K Gold
The accompanying letter refers to the purity of gold or its karat. 24K is pure gold. However, this tends to bend easily since it could be very malleable, which is why it isn’t ideal for fine jewellery.
Meanwhile, 18K is 75% gold and 25% alloy, for colour and strength. 14K gold is 58.3% gold and 41.7% alloy. Since 18K gold contains more gold, it is obviously a bit more expensive.
Gold is a soft metal. So greater alloy content in gold increases its hardness and adds strength, helping the metal to resist scratching.
Additionally, the higher the gold content, the richer and warmer the gold tone of the jewellery will be. This is highly noticeable in both rose and yellow gold, yet the rhodium coating often found in white gold makes this difference slightly harder to notice.
So 18K white gold is slightly warmer than 14K white gold in colour.
The last couple of years witnessed the growing demand for rose gold, especially with millennial brides-to-be. But what is rose gold?
Basically, it is yellow gold mixed with copper alloy, giving the metal a pink tint. Not only does copper add strength, but also it is less expensive, keeping the price of rose gold down.
Considered as a modern, classic hue, rose gold is ideal for a bride who appreciates what is on trend.
Regardless of whether you’re getting an 18K gold custom engagement rings with a solitary diamond or a platinum engagement ring with a blue sapphire gemstone, all fine jewellery requires inspection every 6 to 12 months. This is to avoid any stone loss or even costly repairs. Always ask your jeweller whether your periodic inspection is free of charge prior to purchase.