Popular Ring Materials
If you are thinking about getting a custom engagement ring, then you can consider the following materials for the band.
Rose gold is a combination of pure gold, copper and sometimes silver. The ratio of different metals in rose gold is 75% gold, 22.5% copper and a minor percentage of silver. The pink hue of rose gold comes from copper, and jewelry designers alter the concentration of copper to change the color of the jewelry.
Yellow gold is a mixture of pure gold and alloy metals like zinc and copper. The caratage of yellow gold determines the amount of pure gold. 24 Karat yellow gold wedding jewelry is 99.9% pure, but it isn’t as popular as 10K, 12K, 14K, and 18K. 12K yellow gold is more durable than the 18K, while 18K is more golden in color.
White gold wedding and engagement rings are made by combining gold and white metal, usually palladium, nickel, or silver. The mixture of metals and the types of metals play a huge part in the variation of the color of white golds, but the “white” of white gold comes from rhodium plating. 14K white gold is one of the most popular variants since it is durable enough to wear for everyday use.
Sterling silver is a combination of silver and other metals (usually copper). By weight, it usually contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or any other metal. The least millesimal fineness of the sterling silver is 925 and it is prone to tarnishing.
Tungsten is a rare natural Earth metal and the most scratch-resistant metal known to man. Rings contain around 85% tungsten and 15% nickel. These days, tungsten is the most popular choice for matching wedding bands.