Gold Vs Platinum – What’s Best For Engagement Rings?
If you’re planning on taking the plunge this year and want to ask someone to marry you, there’s no denying that it’s all about the ring at this stage. Pick the wrong one and you could be faced with abject rejection, so to avoid the horror of someone saying no make sure you research the different types of materials for engagement rings to make sure you get it just right.
The most commonly used metals for both engagement and wedding rings are gold and platinum. The most obvious difference between the two is the colour, with platinum being naturally white and gold naturally yellow. You can also get white gold rings, which are made of gold, alloys and a rhodium plating so that they do look similar to platinum.
Bear in mind, however, that the rhodium plating in rings such as this will wear off eventually and you’ll be left with a yellowish tinge to the ring – so you’ll need to have it plated again on the odd occasion. Platinum, meanwhile, won’t fade to yellow.
If cost is an issue, remember that platinum rings are generally more expensive than white or yellow gold because the metal is denser, so more of it is needed to make the ring. But – the advantage of platinum is that it’s strong and durable, so the prongs holding the centre stone in place are less likely to break. That said, it’s softer than gold so more likely to scratch.
As for the weight of the ring itself, platinum is heavier than gold but it’s really up to the wearer as to what they prefer so you’re unlikely to know if they’d have liked a lighter ring until it’s too late!
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