Our experienced goldsmiths are trained to work with all precious metals. The range of metals to choose from when manufacturing jewellery is quite extensive so, to help with the selection process, here is a list of the most popular metals for engagement rings, each with its own perks and distinctive qualities. We will be sure to recommend the most appropriate metal to suit your ring style, wear and your budget. Any of our rings can be crafted by our in-house team of master craftsmen in your metal of choice.
When browsing the diamond engagement rings on our website, you can see images of the ring in each metal and select from the drop-down menu to get an idea of pricing for each option.
Platinum is the most durable and dense precious metal used in jewellery, meaning it lasts the longest for wear and tear. Platinum is a steely white colour and many people are attracted to its pure lustre.
Platinum used for jewellery is ideally 95% pure*. It is often combined with ruthenium alloy, which provides for the highest purity. Alternatively, platinum can be combined with other alloys, including cobalt, copper or iridium.
Platinum is naturally hypoallergenic and does not tarnish. Because it is so strong and hard, the details of intricately engraved or embellished rings often look sharper and more precise. The bright whiteness of the metal makes it perfect for showing off diamonds and gemstones.
* Remember to check for the "PT950" or "PLAT" stamp on the inside of your band.
While this is the most traditional choice, it is still a great one. Pure gold is often referred to as 24 carat, but as it is quite soft and malleable, it is not the most desirable for an everyday ring.
The more common 18 carat gold has a certain amount of alloy combined so that it is much more durable. 18 carat gold contains 75% pure gold*.
The higher the carat is, the richer the colour will be. It is also more resistant to tarnishing, although a bit more susceptible to wear marks. Of course, the higher the carat, the more expensive the gold.
White gold is made from yellow gold and an array of alloys. Rhodium plating is often applied to white gold to give it its deeper, whiter, more platinum-like look. Be aware that this plating does wear off over time and will require further applications in the future to maintain the look. The higher the carat of white gold, the deeper the gunmetal white colour.
Rose gold is alloyed with a small amount of copper, which gives it its rosy pink tinge. With rose gold, the higher the carat the more yellow the metal appears.
For gold in general, the more alloy employed, the greater the risk of allergic reaction.
Always look for the carat mark - "18ct" or “750” - that should be stamped on the inside of the band.