Metal Mania: What Metal is the Best for Your Ring
When picking out your engagement ring or wedding band, an important aspect to consider is what metal is the best fit for you. With so many options, it can be overwhelming and hard to decide which metal to pick. Here is a comprehensive guide detailing nine of the most common metals used in rings.
Platinum is a favorite for wedding rings because it resists wear and corrosion. It is also one of the strongest and heaviest metals used for rings. An added bonus: platinum is hypoallergenic.
Platinum exhibits a natural white sheen that will never fade nor change color. The most common platinum alloy in wedding rings is 950, which means the platinum has a purity of 95%.
Platinum can be cleaned using store brand jewelry cleaner, or you can soak your platinum in a combination of warm water and mild soap. Gently rub with a soft cloth to dry.
Palladium is a popular choice if you want a ring that is similar to platinum but does not cost as much as platinum. It is similarly priced as gold but is in the platinum group of metals.
Palladium is naturally white and will not tarnish or change colors. It has great durability and is less dense than platinum, which means it is not as heavy. Palladium is also hypoallergenic and will never require replating.
Palladium will show some scratches over time, but the metal will not wear down. To clean palladium use store brand jewelry cleaner, or soak your palladium in a combination of warm water and mild soap. Gently rub with a soft cloth to dry.
White gold is the most popular metal for bridal sets. It is said that the white color is a better backdrop for diamonds than yellow gold.
White gold uses pure gold alloyed with other white metals, such as silver and palladium, to produce a beautiful color and shine. It is then plated with rhodium which gives white gold its brilliant white luster.
Rhodium plating is hypoallergenic and helps protect the metal. The rhodium plating does wear, so the metal will need to be replated. White gold will acquire scratches that will be noticeable at first but will fade with time.
If the ring acquires any dirt, just rinse it under cool water and gently rub it dry.
Yellow gold is the traditional metal used for wedding rings. Gold in its purest form is too soft to be worn as jewelry. Instead it is mixed with other metals such as copper, zinc, silver, and cobalt to make a stronger alloy. Yellow gold is said to have a natural warmth.
Yellow gold is resistant to tarnishing but will show scratches from daily wear and tear. The scratches will be more noticeable at first but will dull with time.
To clean your yellow gold, buff it with a soft cloth.
Rose gold, also known as pink gold or red gold, is a romantic metal. The stunning color comes from an alloy of gold and copper. Rose gold is perfect for those that want tradition with a vintage look.
Rose gold is usually used in bi-colored rings to offset the more traditional white or yellow gold. It is resistant to tarnishing but will show scratches from daily wear and tear. The scratches will be more noticeable at first but will dull with time.
To clean your yellow gold, buff it with a soft cloth.
Silver is the longest standing precious metal used in making jewelry. It is a very popular choice for wedding rings because it is inexpensive. When polished, silver has a mirror-like finish. It has one of the whitest and most reflective surfaces of all the metals.
Silver is very malleable. It is a very soft metal that will easily scratch or tarnish. To clean your silver, purchase a silver cloth and gently rub the silver.
Titanium is an incredibly strong and durable metal. Titanium has a darker color and a lighter weight than other metals. It is also hypoallergenic!
Titanium will not tarnish at room temperature. Extreme heat or cold could cause damage to the metal. Titanium is abundant in nature which helps keep the price low.
Titanium is the only metal that is resilient against sea water and chlorine, so it is safe to go swimming and to the beach with your titanium ring.
To clean your titanium ring; wash it in mild, soapy solution. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Titanium may scratch from daily wear and tear, but the scratches will fade with time.
Zirconium is very similar to titanium in strength and weight. Naturally it has a grey/white lustre; but when it is heated, it forms a deep silky black oxide coating that is scratch resistant known as black zirconium. Zirconium can also come in a shade of yellow.
Black zirconium and natural zirconium are popular for wedding rings because they are incredibly strong and resistant to corrosion. Zirconium is also hypoallergenic.
Zirconium is great if you want a wedding ring that is a little bit more modern and different. It is relatively cheap compared to other metals. Zirconium can have a shiny finish or a matte finish, depending on your preference.
Tungsten carbide is exceptionally strong. It is also very scratch resistant and will not tarnish. Tungsten is substantially heavier in weight when compared to other metals. Tungsten is also popular because of its lustrous color that polishes to a mirror finish.
With incredible hardness comes brittleness. If a tungsten ring is dropped or severely knocked on a hard surface it can fracture the metal. Tungsten cannot be repolished like other metals.
Tungsten is hypoallergenic and can be easily cleaned. Use a soapy mixture and dry the metal with a soft cloth.
Come by Malak Jewelers and check out our full collection of rings. We carry many different types of metals and would be more than happy to help you choose the perfect metal for your ring.
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