Ring Metals – Metal Types Explained
Putting the aesthetic aside, the metal from which a ring is made can change its durability, value and compatibility with the wearer. Silver is a great example; the common “opposite” of gold is “silver”; it is a cool tone as opposed to the warmness of gold, and sometimes seems more modern than traditional yellow gold. Many people opt for a silver ring, simply because they know they do not like gold. However, they’ve left a whole world of ring metals untapped by choosing silver or sterling silver, when they could have had the same aesthetic from white gold or platinum – and possibly many more years of wear from the ring due to the robustness of the latter metals.
Ring Metal Types Explained
Stainless Steel Rings
This metal is good for people with a small budget. Stainless steel is relatively strong and durable so ideal for fashion rings and wedding rings. It is hypo-allergenic and scratch resistant. Bear in mind stainless steel rings scratch easily, and are not as show-stopping as their precious metal neighbours)
Sterling Silver Rings
Silver is one of the longest standing precious metals used in making jewellery; it’s popularity within jewellery may be accredited to its malleability and cost-efficiency. Note that this metal is also prone to scratching a little easier, but this can be overcome with rhodium plating.
The more popular choice of men, titanium is a great metal for making jewellery due to its strength and durability when compared to other metals. Titanium is distinguished by its darker colour and lighter weight.
If Titanium “isn’t up to scratch”, welcome the big brother: Tungsten Carbide. This metal is exceptionally strong, does not tarnish and is substantially heavier in weight when compared to other metals. Something to consider though is that with brute strength, you do loose some malleability. While titanium rings are strong, they are malleable. Tungsten rings are even stronger, but are rigid.
Classic Yellow Gold
Gold, or yellow gold has been the conventional choice for wedding rings since they first came about many centuries ago. Yellow gold is graded in 9ct, 14ct 18ct and 22ct – which denotes their level of hardness, with 9ct being the hardest and 24ct being the softest. A mixture of pure gold, copper and silver gives yellow gold jewellery its signature colour depth
White gold jewellery uses pure gold alloyed with other white metals such as palladium and silver, to produce a beautiful polish and shine. White metals are too often lumped together as one and the same – such as the perception that white gold and platinum are the same thing (they aren’t!). White metals offer a gorgeous alternative to warm or yellowed metals. Rhodium plating is of utmost importance in the upkeep of any and all white metals.
It may be fair to say that platinum has become the go-to metal for all jewellery. Due to its hardness, rarity and naturally white sheen that will never fade or change colour, platinum rings are 95% pure, which means they are heavy, strong and naturally hypo-allergenic. The best choice if you have the budget for a prestigious ring that will last you a lifetime!
“The year was 2018, and rose gold was everywhere. Everywhere”
We’ve all seen the explosion of rose gold into almost everything – from home décor to jewellery (both high-end and dress jewellery). Rose gold is also known as pink gold or red gold, and this metal adds a touch of romance and a bit of warmth to your jewellery. If “traditional” is something you’re looking for in a ring, without losing modernity, rose gold might well be “it”. Rose gold is also graded by hardness, so bear this in mind and opt for a harder grading for rings, and a softer grading for necklaces.
Whether you’ve chosen traditional yellow gold, sterling silver or platinum, Jenna Clifford is excited to share our range with you during a one-on-one consultation. If you’d like to schedule a time to see us, click here to get in touch.