We all know finding the perfect wedding ring for your partner can be hard. But we have the right article for you to get an insight on how to buy one.
Choose a metal:
As you choose a setting, it is important to decide on the type of precious metal for the ring.
Your significant other may prefer a specific color of precious metal (yellow, white, or rose), or a specific type of metal (gold, platinum, or palladium). Look to see what jewelry she typically wears for clues. Platinum, white gold, and palladium are all silvery-white and more or less identical in hue. For a golden look, choose yellow gold. For a rose or pink hue, choose rose gold.
The two most popular metals for engagement rings are platinum and 18K gold. Platinum, the rarest of metals, is a mixture of 95 % pure platinum and 5 % alloys. It is hypoallergenic and almost never causes skin reactions. Platinum is a dense and durable metal that maintains its color for a lifetime. It gradually wears to a cool, satiny finish, so maintenance of a platinum engagement ring includes just light cleaning and surface polishing.
Slightly less expensive than platinum, 18k gold is softer, but is still very strong and resistant to scratching. 18k gold is made of 75 % pure gold and 25 % alloys, and has a higher gold purity than14k gold. Different alloys create the color variations of gold– white, yellow and rose– and make the gold harder, more durable, and better suited for jewelry. (Pure 24k gold is soft enough to easily bend with your fingers.).
18k yellow gold has a rich, warm color that can make diamonds with a slight hint of yellow or brown look colorless in contrast, and it flatters many skin tones.
18k white gold is a naturally lustrous precious metal that is usually rhodium plated to add a bright, reflective finish. Because this metal’s bright white finish beautifully complements the whiteness of a center diamond, it is an extremely popular choice for diamond engagement rings. It is important to know, however, that 18K white gold must be re-rhodium plated periodically to maintain its bright, white finish, whereas platinum maintains its whiteness.
Palladium is in the platinum family of metals. It shares many of platinum’s outstanding qualities, but at more modest prices. Like platinum, palladium is a silvery white color and is hypoallergenic. Palladium rings are 95 % pure palladium and 5 % alloys, maintaining the same high purity level as platinum. On the other hand, palladium is a less dense metal, making it more challenging to resize or repair.
Regardless of the type of metal you choose, all Brilliant Earth engagement rings are crafted to order from recycled precious metals, thereby avoiding environmental harm. Recycled metals are identical in look, durability, and quality to newly mined metals.
The most accurate way to determine ring size is to have your partner’s ring finger measured by a professional jeweler. Ask your partner’s parents or close friends about her ring size. Or, try borrowing one of your partner’s existing rings.