So you have made the decision to buy her the ring, you have a rough idea of what you would like, but nothing for certain. You’re walking into the Jewellery store or browsing online and you see a variety of rings, all different sizes and colours, made from different metals.
This is where I’m going to help, with this platinum vs white gold sterling silver post, I’m going to go through briefly what each metal consists off and what would be the most cost effective and value for money, without compromising on quality and the perfect diamond.
Platinum is one of the most popular choices for engagement and wedding rings, Platinum has a white sheen and will never change colour or fade. Platinum also compliments the brilliance and sparkle of the diamond, platinum is made to last forever, therefore this is truly a symbol of everlasting love. Platinum will provide the most secure fit for your diamond, it is also a naturally a white metal, therefore no re plating is necessary, it will hold its beauty.
Gold is resistant from corrosion, rust and tarnish, gold is very strong however it can be sculptured into any shape quite easily. Pure gold itself is too soft to wear as everyday jewellery, therefore it has to be mixed with other metals like silver, copper and zinc in order to give it strength and durability.
Karatage followed by a number and a K, indicates how much metal has been mixed with the jewellery, this is stated in 24ths, therefore making 24k gold, 100%.
24 karat = 100% gold– Too soft for fine jewellery
22 karat = 91.7% gold– Too soft for fine jewellery
18 karat = 75.0% gold– Ideal for fine jewellery
14 karat = 58.3% gold– Ideal for fine jewellery
10 karat = 41.7% gold– Not acceptable for jewellery
The price of the gold jewellery is dependent upon the purity of the gold and the Karat weight, also taken into consideration is the market value of the gold the craftsmanship and design of the jewellery price.
Pure silver which is also known as fine silver is once again very soft and easy to sculpture, therefore it’s combined with other metals to give it more durability. The most popular is sterling silver which is a mixture of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.
Most silver is stamped with a quality mark or fineness mark, the following quality marks are sterling, sterling silver, ster or .925. Silver is the least expensive metal you can purchase a ring with, however does not hold much value. If you really want to make a statement with the ring I would highly recommend Gold or Platinum.