Supermodel Iman once said, “In a world full of trends I want to remain a classic”. In the world of jewelry, there is arguably no piece more classic than the engagement ring. Today, engagement rings are as popular as ever, but in a world full of trends, there is now exponentially more choice than ever before. Where the major decision of an engagement ring has historically fallen on the shape and size of the stone, choosing the right metal for the ring is now equally as important.
Choosing the right metal and color to complement your soon-to-be fiancée’s style will guarantee the classic look you are going for. What used to be a simple choice between yellow and white gold now entails a thorough decision-making process of different metals and colors. Here’s a deeper look at a few of our preferred choices for engagement rings.
How to Choose the Right Metal
Before choosing the ring, consider whether it complements the diamond you have selected in terms of both aesthetic and security. Gold is softer and more malleable, while platinum is sturdier. Intricate settings for the stone may be better served with a more durable metal for your ring.
Diamonds tend to stand out more beautifully against white metals, including white gold and platinum. The whiter the metal, the higher the grade of diamond should be. Choosing a top-quality stone free from color defects will keep any hints of yellow from showing against the whiteness of the metal. Let’s look further at a few of the characteristics to consider when choosing a metal for your engagement ring.