These days there are many different types of materials to consider when shopping for a diamond engagement ring. To ensure you make the right choice, you need to educate yourself about the various metals available and their features. Here is a simple guide to the most popular materials in order to give you a better understanding of what to look for in a ring.
Perhaps the most classic choice, especially among female ring wearers, both white and yellow gold rings are truly impressive. They don’t rust, corrode, or become tarnished over long periods of time. It’s important to note that 24k gold is much too soft to be molded into a durable ring shape; instead it’s often mixed with other alloys, such as copper or silver to make it more resilient and harder to bend or break.
In the jewellery world, titanium is known for being the strongest material available for its weight. It’s extremely durable, but also light as feather. This is perfect for those who would like to have the benefit of a tougher ring, but don’t want to feel it tugging on their hand all day.
Tungsten is the single strongest material we currently have access to for rings. Being almost 4 times stronger than titanium, this type of metal is perfect for those who don’t want their ring to suffer a single scratch in their lifetime. Tungsten is so strong that the only thing we can polish it with is diamonds. With this in mind, you can start to see why most places give you a life-time scratch protection policy on tungsten rings.
Platinum is also a very strong material used for rings, and is quite attractive. Not quite up to par with titanium or tungsten, it is nevertheless tough enough to be able to endure years of wear and tear. This ring however tends to weigh a little more than most gold, and is about twice as expensive. Platinum is also hypoallergenic, so for those with a gold allergy, a platinum ring could be a great alternative choice.
Online research can only tell you so much about the different types of metals used in rings. In order to really find out which one is right for you, the best thing to do is to see and experience the ring for yourself by visiting with our experts in person. Give us a call to set up a consultation and get started finding the right diamond engagement ring for you. 416.847.1067.