While the center stone is the glamorous focal point of an engagement ring, don’t underestimate the importance of the precious metal chosen for the setting. Whether rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, or platinum, the metal plays a pivotal role in the final ring. So, which should you choose? Spoiler alert: we actually love all of these metals and think each one works wonderfully in an engagement ring setting. But they do have important differences in terms of style, cost, and how they wear that it helps to familiarize yourself with before making this major purchase.
White Gold Engagement Ring
White gold is the most popular and widely available metal option. To achieve its modern and versatile color, yellow gold is mixed with another metal like silver, zinc, nickel, or manganese. 18K white gold (which contains 75% pure gold) and 14K white gold (containing 58.33% gold) are both utilized in engagement rings. White gold is usually coated in rhodium which helps resist scratching and tarnishing; however this coating wears away over time, requiring periodic replating.
With its cool tone and reflective appearance, this contemporary 14K white gold setting is an ideal companion for white diamonds like those lining the freeform shank.
Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Yellow gold has a long history in bridal jewelry that transcends passing trends, earning it a reputation as timeless and classic. Because pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry, yellow gold settings are also alloyed with other metals to increase strength and durability. This means that 14K yellow gold is harder than 18K yellow gold. Among the three gold options, yellow gold engagement rings are the most hypoallergenic.
This 14K yellow gold ring from our Victorian collection combines a vintage framework with modern design elements to create the perfect combination. The warm golden hue stands out from the crowd.
Rose Gold Engagement Ring
Rose gold has seen a recent surge in popularity, but its color conveys vintage romance. The distinctive hue comes from a mixture of yellow gold and a copper alloy. Rose gold is the most durable of the three gold colors, meaning it’s less prone to scratches and dents, and it doesn’t require replating. However it’s the least hypoallergenic and can cause a reaction when worn by someone with copper sensitivities.
14K rose gold is a match made in heaven with the feminine floral motif of this split shank ring designed to resemble delicate petals.
Platinum Engagement Ring
Platinum is considered the most rare and precious jewelry metal, giving it a premium price tag to match. In fact, platinum rings typically cost around 25% more than the same setting in 14K gold and 5% more than 18K gold. Unlike white gold, platinum in its pure state possesses a naturally white hue that won’t fade or need replating. Platinum is the most hypoallergenic overall, so it’s the safest choice for those with allergies or sensitive skin. Platinum is also more dense than gold, meaning platinum rings will feel heavier.
This standout oval cut engagement ring crafted from prestigious platinum boasts an opulent diamond halo and graduated French pavé diamonds streaming down the band.
All Gabriel & Co. engagement rings are crafted with top grade metals, so choose the one that suits your budget and her style – luxurious platinum, traditional yellow gold, popular white gold, or fashionable rose gold!