14k, 18k, white, yellow, rose gold, platinum, … What ring material to choose?
Choosing the material for a wedding band or engagement ring can be complicated. Especially when you’re not that much into jewelry, it is simply a pain. So we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find the best ring material, with our engagement and wedding ring material guide.
As always, we start with you. There are two possible important criteria for the ring material:
- Colour or properties of the ring
- Design of the ring
Colour and Properties of the Ring Material
Choosing the right colour of your ring diminishes a lot of confusion. The colours yellow or rose result in the material gold. The colour white widens the options to platinum. When choosing the ring colour, we suggest keeping the conformity between your engagement and wedding ring in mind. That doesn’t necessarily mean the same colour, but colours that work together. Further, keep in mind that platin is a stronger material than gold and might scratch the gold ring when worn together on one hand.
Going with Yellow or Rose
Choosing a yellow or rose gold ring leaves you with the choice of the gold karat. Now, what does gold karat define? And what does it signify?
Karats relate to the purity of the gold itself, 24 karats being the purest where 24/24 parts of the ring are pure gold. 18 karats (750) would, therefore, mean 18/24 parts or 75% are gold while the rest is the alloy. 14 karats (585) means 14/24 parts or 58,5% are pure gold and the rest alloy.
The gold karat also directly influences the colour tone of gold. The more pure the gold is the more intense the hue or tone of the yellow gets. As explained in our wedding ring guide, a lighter hue often goes better with a fairer taint vice versa.
The grid below will give you a good comparison of the possible options for choosing which gold karat is best for you.
|Gold Content||Lower in Gold Content||Higher in gold content|
|Colour Tone||More Pastel Yellow Tone||Intense Yellow Tone|
|Allergic||Lower Possibility||Least Possibility|
|Acceptable||Across the world||Across the world|
|Value||Medium Value||High in Value|
Choosing your ring material, be aware that rose gold and lower karat gold can sometimes react to one’s skin. Especially if the alloy contains nickel, which our rings never contain. So ask for the alloy of your ring before buying it, if you tend to be allergic. Alternatively, platinum is a safe option for you.
Going with White
If white is the colour you want to go for, you have the options of gold (14k, 18k) and platinum. Choosing between the two is a personal choice. However, to make the decision easier here are the pros and cons of platinum and gold.
|Material||14k Gold||18k Gold||Platinum|
|Propensity to Scratch||Low||Medium||High|
|Whiteness||Medium. Gets slightly yellowish over time||Low. Gets yellowish in time||High. Stays white|
|Reactivity to skin||possible||possible||Hypoallergic|
To sum this up: We suggest Platinum if you choose a white ring. Platin is a harder material, it sustains its whiteness, and it is considered the rarest of the precious metals. However, this is up to taste. White gold might be the right choice for you if you like your ring to look worn with age.
An engagement or wedding ring design and material go hand in hand. Ring designs require the right colour, hardness or softness to best accentuate. Once you have selected the design we can help you decide the optimum material for the ring design. We can also design your dream ring from scratch. In both cases, simply book an appointment with us for free. Also, check out our size guide, if you need help to find your size.