What to know about: Fine Metal
When choosing an engagement ring, there comes the question of which metal you want. The variety of available precious metals that Gabriel & Co. offers – platinum, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, silver – allows jewelry to be affordable for just about anyone. All of them are beautiful, but when deciding on the type of metal for your wedding ring, it’s advised that you think about both aesthetic and practical reasons for each metal as some may not adapt to your lifestyle. It is important to take these factors into account when determining the metal for your engagement ring.
Platinum is one of the most resilient of all metals which is the reason platinum is much more desirable, especially for engraving. Although it can still be scratched like other metals, its hardness and strength do not allow the metal to chip, allowing it to maintain its color and brilliance. Platinum is considered to be a real white metal, meaning the color will not fade, and over the years, it will develop a soft satin glow. Unlike white gold, platinum does not need to be plated. It is hypoallergenic and is four times more durable than gold. Since platinum is also 30 times more rare than gold, it is usually more expensive and much heavier than 14k gold.
Yellow gold is the most traditional of metals and is one of the world's most important metals when it comes to jewelry. In its pure form is too soft for everyday use, so it is combined with a mixture of other metals to make it more durable. Gold is a good conductor of heat and electricity, making it the most malleable. Heat, moisture, oxygen, and most corrosive agents have little effect on gold. The natural beauty of gold is its workability, high value, gleaming luster and denseness.To ensure you are getting real gold, be sure that your piece is stamped. By law real gold should have a karat stamp on the piece. Please note that Karat is the measurement used for gold, not to be confused with Carats which is used for diamond weight.
White gold has increased in demand because it has a similar look to platinum, yet it is more affordable. It has the same components as yellow gold, however, it is mixed with different metals such as nickel, copper, zinc, and palladium or silver, which gives it the whitish hue. White gold is usually plated with rhodium, which is a hard element. Although rhodium can begin to wear away with time, and the yellow gold it contains can make it develop a yellow tarnished tint, white gold can always be re-plated and restored to its original appearance. Additionally, white gold’s greyish-white and reflective appearance make it an ideal companion for white diamonds. These features are what make white gold as practical as it is beautiful.
Increasingly popular, the rose gold metal is pure yellow gold combined with copper: The more copper added to the alloy, the stronger the rose tone will be. Because of the copper mixture, rose gold is much more durable than yellow and white gold. However, rose gold is not advised for those who have an allergic reactions to copper. Rose gold is the most desirable because it offers a vintage feel with its romantic, delicate pink tone.
Modern and versatile, white gold engagement rings are a popular choice for today’s bride-to-be. In jewelry, white gold is valued for its strength, durability and scratch resistance. Additionally, white gold’s silvery color and reflective appearance make it an ideal companion for white diamonds. These features make white gold as practical as it is beautiful.
Pure silver is a softer metal and is too soft to be used in jewelry making. Because it is more susceptible to scratching and every day damage, it's combined with other metals such as copper to create sterling silver in order to boost its strength. Though sterling silver is much harder than pure silver, it can still be scratched fairly easy. The tones of sterling silver can range from bright white to grayish white, and can have a matte or shiny finish. Sterling silver must contain at least 92.5% pure silver, which is why it's stamped as .925 Sterling silver.