Whether you’re creating a custom engagement ring, a special piece of jewelry or otherwise, the type of precious metal you choose to match your diamond cut and color can have a big impact. Here is some guidance you can use to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind ring.
Precious Metal Options
The four types of precious metals most commonly used with diamond engagement rings include platinum, 18k gold, 14k gold and palladium.
Platinum is composed of 95% platinum and 5% other pure alloys. Center diamonds are most commonly set in platinum prongs as well.
If your beau is hard on her hands, platinum may be your go to metal because it is also the strongest precious metal in addition to being rare and expensive. It is resistant to damage, but develops a stain finish over time. Is your future spouse prone to allergies? Platinum is hypoallergenic and is the highest level of purity.
TIP: If you choose platinum for you engagement ring, you should make sure it has “900plat” (or “950 Plat”) stamp; this means that the metal is 90% (or 95%) pure.
18k & 14k Gold
This classic metal is composed of 75% gold and 25% pure alloys. Although it is less expensive than platinum, it also highly valued. The difference from platinum is that the center diamond is set in platinum prongs. When it comes to performance, 18k gold is softer, easy to polish and repaid and resistant to rust and tarnishing.
Comparatively, 14k gold is 58.3% gold and 41.7% pure alloys. It is also less expensive than 18k gold but the center diamond is set in 14k white gold prongs. 14k gold is known for strength and is also resistant to rust and tarnishing. 14k gold is also less rich in color than 18k yellow gold.
Palladium shares the same purity as platinum, as it is composed of 95% palladium and 5% other pure alloys. Although it is less expensive than platinum, it still offers great value.
The center diamond is set in platinum prongs. What sets palladium apart from platinum is that it is strong but lighter than platinum. It has a permanent whiteness to it so it doesn’t fade over time and is resistant to corrosion, oxidation and tarnishing. It is also hypoallergenic and scratch-resistant.
Whichever metal you choose, you rest assured that our custom creations from the Diamond Broker are meant to last. Consult your Dallas Diamond Broker today!