Engagement Ring Metals
The main choices for engagement ring metals at Capri Jewelers Arizona are platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Platinum and white gold are the most popular choices. These two metals look very similar, but platinum is more durable and costs about 50% more. To get a sense of what type of precious metal your loved one would prefer, pay attention to the jewelry they are currently wearing.
Our most popular choice for wedding and engagement rings due to its hardness, rarity and naturally white sheen that will never fade or change color. Our 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.
Platinum is a naturally white metal with a cool luster that showcases the brilliance and sparkle of diamonds beautifully. It’s a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands, and is considered the most precious of all jewelry metals.
Compared to gold, platinum is five times as rare and purer when used in jewelry. Platinum is durable, making it a good option if your fiancée leads an active lifestyle — its density provides a secure setting for diamonds or gemstones. Platinum is also naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
Its elegant sheen will not fade or change color over time, making re-plating your platinum ring unnecessary. Because of its strength, it’s a popular choice for setting diamonds.
Gold is an extremely versatile metal, and the most common choice for jewelry. The standard measurement of gold is a karat, which is divided into 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 karats, meaning 24 out of 24 parts are gold.
Pure gold is too soft to be used for jewelry, so it’s combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength. You’ll find 22K gold, but most often gold comes in 18K (75% gold), 14K (58% gold) and 10K (about 42% gold). The remainder is made up of other metals — like silver, copper, nickel and zinc — to lend strength and durability. The type and percentage of metal alloys used determine the shade and color of gold. For example, 22K gold tends to be a rich, saturated gold color, while 14K gold may appear as a slightly paler yellow.
Gold jewelry usually comes in these colors:
Yellow gold is the traditional choice for wedding rings, we offer 10ct, 14ct 18ct and 22ct rings. A mixture of pure gold, copper and silver gives yellow gold jewelry its signature warmth. Depending on what carat you choose, the color and hardness of the ring will differ.
Classic yet fashionable, yellow gold achieves its warm patina from the red of copper and the green hue of silver. Yellow gold lost favor to white gold for a while, but has recently regained popularity.
White gold jewelry uses pure gold alloyed with other white metals such as palladium and silver, to produce a beautiful polish and shine. White metals such as white gold provide an excellent backdrop for diamonds. As a standard, white gold rings are plated with rhodium to give its brilliant white luster. Rhodium plating is hypoallergenic and helps to protect the white gold. Although strong, rhodium wears away over time. Re-plating is a simple process that can be done to restore whiteness at any time.
Also known as pink gold or red gold, rose gold adds a touch of romance to your jewelry; if you want a ring that is traditional and distinguished then rose gold could be the metal for you. Rose gold is often used in bi-colored rings to offset the more traditional white or yellow gold. Like yellow gold, depending on what carat you choose, the color and hardness of the ring will differ.