Which is more durable gold or platinum

Which precious metal for engagement rings? Find the right material

Do you know the main criteria with which that correct material for engagement rings and the quality of precious metals is determined?
Now find out which one matching precious metal for engagement rings is.

Gold in all colors: what is the difference between yellow gold, white gold and rose gold?

Yellow gold - noble and classic

To make jewelry, goldsmiths use it Yellow gold-Alloys similar to the color of fine gold (99.9% pure gold) and made of gold, silver and copper. The mixing ratio of the additional metals influences the color.
Yellow gold is considered noble and classic and is the most popular gold color worldwide.

White gold - perfect for engagement rings

As White gold Gold alloys labeled are given a white tinted color due to additional discolouring metals. Palladium, copper and silver are used as additional metals, and only silver if the fine gold content is low.
White gold jewelry is coated with rhodium, a platinum secondary metal. Rhodium plating improves the color to a silvery white and protects the material against scratches.

Diamonds look extremely impressive in white gold, which is why white gold is extremely popular for engagement rings. More than every third engagement ring sold is made of 14 or 18 carat white gold.

Rose gold - the trend precious metal

Rose gold (also: red gold) is a gold alloy made from fine gold and copper. If the goldsmith adds small amounts of silver, rose gold is easier to work with. The high copper content ensures the reddish color and hardness of the material. Rose gold is the trend precious metal, More and more women are taking a liking to its delicate shade that flatters every skin type.

Engagement rings material - which one is modern?

As we know it with clothing, pieces of jewelry are subject to that, and thus that too Engagement rings material Trends that change over time. Cultural aspects also play an important role in the selection of the material.

Today over 40% of all engagement rings sold in Germany are made of white gold. Noteworthy when you consider that the white gold alloy has only been around for around 100 years. All light precious metals (including silver, white gold and platinum) together make up over 80%.

Although yellow gold is considered the classic precious metal worldwide, it has lost a lot of its importance among engagement ring buyers in Europe in recent decades. While around half of all engagement rings were made of yellow gold in the 80s and 90s, today it is only around five to seven percent.

Material shooting star rose gold

The material rose gold has developed more and more into a trend precious metal in recent years. Until a few years ago, sales for rose gold engagement rings were less than one percent. That changed suddenly when some celebrities, including Hollywood stars like Blake Lively, proudly presented their rose gold engagement rings to the world. Since then, demand has risen rapidly and is now around ten percent.

Timeless precious metals in engagement rings

Trends come and go. Timeless precious metals for engagement rings are and remain safe white gold and yellow gold. The number of white gold engagement rings sold is sure to increase in the years to come. And we will also see more yellow gold engagement rings again in the next few years.

The trend towards stacking rings, i.e. the engagement ring that matches the wedding ring, speaks in favor of yellow gold. And since over thirty percent of all wedding rings are made of yellow gold today, there will probably be more engagement rings made of this classic precious metal.

Gold alloys

18 carat gold (18k, 750 / -) contains:
75% pure gold (fine gold)additive
14 carat gold (14k, 585 / -) contains:
58.5% pure goldAdditional metals
8 carat gold (8k, 333 / -) contains:
33.3% goldAdditional metals

Gold alloys make jewelry durable and resistant. Alloys consist of gold, silver and copper, whereby - depending on the mixing ratio - colors from golden yellow to pink to silver white can be achieved. A rich gold tone can only be achieved with alloys that contain over 70% pure gold (fine gold).

Alloys with a fineness of around 14 carats (or around 58% pure gold) have the greatest possible strength and hardness. 8k, 14k and 18k are the most common alloys used to make jewelry.
By the way: Allergy sufferers don't have to worry with us. In our white gold and yellow gold alloys is does not contain nickel.

Sterling silver (silver 925 / -)

Silver 925 / - (sterling silver) contains:
92.5% pure silver

 

Silver 925 / -, the so-called sterling silver, consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The name refers to the British pound sterling, which was originally made from this silver alloy. Today, sterling silver is used to manufacture jewelry, coins, cups, cutlery and instruments. It is significantly harder and more scratch-resistant than pure silver, but high-quality silver jewelry also develops a dark patina over time.

Platinum 950 / -

Platinum 950 / - contains:
95% pure platinum

 

Platinum is currently one of the most expensive precious metals ahead of gold and is not only so valuable because of its weight. Its extremely long shelf life, tarnish resistance and rare occurrence make platinum the ideal candidate for the production of high-quality jewelry. Pure platinum is hardly harder than gold. Platinum alloys are much harder and our platinum jewelry consists of around 95% platinum and 5% tungsten.