Focusing solely on the gemstone of an engagement ring? Choosing the right metal for the setting should also be an important consideration since it is the setting which holds it all together. Gold is one of the most versatile metals on the planet which makes gold engagement rings one of the most popular choices among shoppers today.
Timeless Appeal of Gold
Gold has a warm, glowing and rich appearance which is what most people look for in jewellery. It does not rust and is resistant to tarnishing. With polishing, gold jewellery can maintain lustre and appearance for many years. In its purest form (24 karat), gold is too soft to make jewellery from. That’s why this metal is combined with alloys such as palladium, copper, zinc, nickel and silver to strengthen it while crafting gold jewellery.
Classic Yellow Gold Rings
Typically, gold jewellery is made from 22 karat, 18 karat, 14 carat, 10 karat and 9 karat gold. Karat indicates the purity of gold –for example, 18 karat gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy metals. The type of alloy being used impacts the colour of gold engagement rings. 18 karat yellow gold engagement rings are a classic choice that include 75% gold and 25% alloy metals such as copper and silver. Engagement rings made from 18 karat yellow gold are classic, fashionable, sturdy and durable.
Contemporary Appeal of White Gold
White gold engagement rings are an excellent cost-effective alternative to platinum engagement rings. White gold is created when yellow gold is combined with copper, zinc, nickel or palladium. White gold has a contemporary silvery appearance that has become a rage in recent years. White gold rings are plated with a hard element called rhodium that gives them a reflective white appearance.
Soft, Romantic Rose Gold
Rose gold engagement rings have gained acceptance in recent years due to their soft and romantic appearance. Rose gold is created when yellow gold is combined with a copper alloy. Rose gold has a warm, pink and feminine hue that has attracted the attention of women worldwide. When considering metal for the setting, keep in the mind the woman’s colour preferences – whether she gravitates towards cool tones or has a preference for warm hues.
To explore a comprehensive range of gold engagement rings or commission a bespoke ring, head down to your favourite wedding jewellery store in Brimingham’s famous jewellery quarter!