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When you begin your search for the perfect engagement or wedding ring, you will likely be overwhelmed with all the options you have, from metal to gem to detailing. Rather than make a hasty decision about the material for your ring, learn more about each of the options you have and the benefits they offer.

Gold

The number one option for engagement and wedding rings has been gold for a long time. When you think of gold wedding rings, you likely think of a simple yellow band. However, gold has many more options available.

When you choose gold as your metal, you have a choice between yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. Even within these options, you can opt for 10-, 14-, or 18-karat gold.

Yellow gold offers a classic golden hue that makes for a traditional style. For a chic look, you can choose white gold, which has a white or silver color that pairs well with every gem. If you want to make an impression and join the trend, rose gold, a pinkish metal, is the best option.

White Metals

White is a popular metal color because of its sleek look and easy-to-match quality. However, each white metal has unique benefits to offer.

Palladium and platinum are known for their durability and purity. They are both rare and pure metals, which means they are also hypoallergenic.

Silver and cobalt are two more options for pure white rings. While silver is a classic choice much like gold, cobalt is a relatively new metal option and the closest option to white gold but with increased durability.

Other Choices

If you want unbeatable strength or a variety of different colors, options like titanium, tungsten, ceramic, and silicone are your best bet. Tungsten, ceramic, and titanium are the most durable metal options for your ring. And silicone bands give you variety and comfort for everyday wear. These options also come in a variety of colors. While the main choice for tungsten and titanium is often white, you can also find colorful options.

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Each of these metal options comes with unique characteristics and advantages. The best way to make an informed decision is to learn about each option before you buy. Visit our corresponding info pages for each engagement ring metal so you can feel confident when you choose the one for your ring.

Contact us with any questions or to find the perfect ring.

MetalHypo-allergenicScratch ResistanceWeight
100% Comparison to 14K Gold
Alloys & Purity
Platinum
(Bright White)
YesLow170%Ruthenium
95% Pure
Platinum
(Bright white)
YesLow170%Ruthenium
95% Pure
Palladium
(Bright white)
YesLow95%Ruthenium
95% Pure
Palladium
(Bright white)
YesLow95%Ruthenium
95% Pure
18K Yellow
(Rich yellow)
NoModerate119.2%Copper, zinc, silver
75% Pure
18K Yellow
(Rich yellow)
NoModerate119.2%Copper, zinc, silver
75% Pure
18K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
NoModerate119.2%Copper, zinc, nickel
75% Pure
18K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
NoModerate119.2%Copper, zinc, nickel
75% Pure
18K Rose
(Rich rose)
NoModerate119.2%Copper, zinc
75% Pure
18K Rose
(Rich rose)
NoModerate119.2%Copper, zinc
75% Pure
14K Yellow
(Bright yellow)
NoModerate100%Copper, zinc, silver
58.3% Pure
14K Yellow
(Bright yellow)
NoModerate100%Copper, zinc, silver
58.3% Pure
14K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
NoModerate100%Copper, zinc, nickel
58.3% Pure
14K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
NoModerate100%Copper, zinc, nickel
58.3% Pure
14K Rose
(Bright rose)
NoModerate100%Copper, zinc
58.3% Pure
14K Rose
(Bright rose)
NoModerate100%Copper, zinc
58.3% Pure
10K Yellow
(Standard yellow)
NoModerate85%Copper, zinc, silver
41.7% Pure
10K Yellow
(Standard yellow)
NoModerate85%Copper, zinc, silver
41.7% Pure
10K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
NoModerate85%Copper, zinc, nickel
41.7% Pure
10K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
NoModerate85%Copper, zinc, nickel
41.7% Pure

In addition to comparing each precious metal, each metal has several pros and cons. Considering each may help you determine the best metal to meet your lifestyle.

Platinum

Pros
  • Considered the “King” of metals
  • Long lasting, maintains weight over lifetime
  • 95% pure
  • Naturally white, never requires plating
  • Hypoallergenic, tarnish and corrosion resistant
  • When scratched, metal is moved aside or displaced rather than lost
  • Substantial feel (70 % heavier than gold)
Cons
  • Scratches easily, faster than other metals
  • Most expensive

Palladium

Pros
  • Long lasting, maintains weight over lifetime
  • 95% pure
  • Naturally white, never requires plating
  • Hypoallergenic, tarnish and corrosion resistant
  • When scratched, metal is moved aside or displaced rather than lost
  • Member of platinum group metals
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • Scratches easily, faster than other metals

Gold

Pros
  • Most scratch resistant precious metal
  • Most traditional and popular jewelry metal
  • More affordable than other precious metals
  • Available in multiple color options: white, yellow, rose and green gold
  • Available in different karats: 10K, 14K and 18K
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • White gold needs occasional rhodium plating to look its whitest

Metals used to create the beautiful wedding bands featured in our collections all have their various pros and cons. Below is a quick answer guide that explains the differences between metals. We hope this information makes it easier to choose the right ring metal for you.

What is the Best Metal for a Ring?

The best metal for a wedding ring is completely dependent on your personal preferences for ring appearance, feel, weight, durability and cost. There's no perfect ring metal. All metals have limitations of some sort. The key to making a choice if comparing information and then choosing the metal that satisfies most of your "must have" options for your ideal wedding ring.


Platinum

Pros
  • Platinum's bright white color gleams with richness and compares favorably with palladium in the purity department. Platinum wedding bands are 95 percent pure with only 5 percent alloy content. Platinum wedding bands are hypoallergenic and never tarnish or corrode
Cons
  • Rings are on the expensive side and scratch easier than other metals

Palladium

Pros
  • These rings are 95 percent pure and offer a gorgeous natural white metal sheen that remains free of corrosion and tarnish. Palladium wedding bands are affordable and have excellent durability
Cons
  • Rings scratch easily

Gold

Pros
  • Gold rings come in color options of yellow, white and rose, and carat options of 10K, 14K and 18K for a wide variety of luxury ring choices. Gold bands have a decent amount of scratch resistance and ring costs are very affordable when compared with other precious metals.
Cons
  • White gold rings require periodic rhodium plating touch-ups to maintain a gleaming white finish

Cobalt Chrome

Pros
  • Cobalt chrome wedding bands are one of the best alternative metals for white gold, offering excellent white sheen in addition to being hypoallergenic. Enjoy wearing an affordable scratch-resistant, modern band with a high level of durability.
Cons
  • Temporary scratches disappear with polishing. Cobalt rings cannot be resized.

Titanium

Pros
Cons
  • They cannot be resized. Minor scratches may show up, requiring polishing.

Tungsten

Pros
  • Ring color options include grey, white and black, and come with comfort-fit. These hypoallergenic rings have a weighty feel and they are highly scratch-resistant.
Cons
  • Tungsten rings tend to fracture or break if dropped. Rings cannot be resized.