Jewelry Metals Guide
rings are primarily available in yellow gold, white gold and platinum.
has been used as a jewelry metal since ancient times. Pure (24K) gold
is too soft to wear, so it is mixed with other metals to give it strength.
The karat number (K) indicates how much of the alloy is pure gold;
14K is 14/24, or 58%, pure gold. Most engagement rings will be made
of 14K (58% pure) or 18K (75% pure) gold.
gold came into fashion in the early 1900s. It is enjoying renewed
popularity these days, and is a particular favorite for antique
style engagement rings. White gold in its raw (unfinished) form
has a slight yellowish tinge; the final step in the polishing
process is a rhodium finish, which makes it a bright, shiny
antique engagement rings have a warmer tone because the rhodium
finish has worn off over the years. If you prefer a whiter look,
you can simply have the rhodium finish re-applied (this is also
necessary after having a white gold ring resized, and should
be done as a matter of course by the jeweler).
is rarer and more expensive than gold. It became a jewelry metal in
the late 1800s, and reached its height of popularity during the Roaring
Twenties. The platinum used for jewelry is an alloy, and is typically
comprised of 90% platinum and 10% iridium. Platinum is grayish-white,
very strong, and does not tarnish. A platinum engagement ring can
become a lovely family heirloom, to be passed down through generations.
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