One of the most popular precious metals for wedding ring sets is gold. Pure gold is known as 24 karat (24k) gold. Because of its softness it is normally mixed with base metals when used for making jewelry. This makes it harder and changes its color. Gold alloys with a lower carat number contain more copper, palladium, silver or other base metals in the alloy. Copper is the most often-used base metal and gives the gold alloy a reddish color. This type of gold is called rose gold. Blue gold is manufactured by mixing the gold with iron. Purple gold is manufactured by mixing the gold with aluminium, but purple gold and blue gold is rarely used except for specialist items of jewelry. Blue gold has more brittleness and can be difficult to use when making jewelry. 14 carat and 18 carat gold alloys containing silver have a greenish-yellow color and are known as green gold. White gold is made by combining gold with palladium or nickel.
Platinum is a very rare metal and because of this it is very expensive. It is found in a small number of places in the world and is 30 times rarer than gold. Platinum is a pure metal, which has a naturally white color and will not irritate the skin. Because it is a naturally white metal, it will not cast any color into any diamonds which are set in it. It is normally 95% pure and does not fade or tarnish. It will keep its natural white color for many years. Because platinum is highly pure, it is hypoallergenic and therefore suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Platinum is very pliable and this allows it to be fashioned into a very fine wire, and this makes possible the fashioning of very intricate mesh accessories which couldn’t be made from other types of precious metal
If a ring has one or more stones, they will make up the greatest part of the ring’s price. The size of stone(s), their color, their clarity and how the stone(s) are cut will also affect the price of the ring.
A platinum setting is a very secure way to hold the ring’s stone(s). There are a number of settings available, and each setting will give the ring a different style.
The band is available in a large range of shapes, e.g. flat or circular, and also in different finishes and styles. Try on a few different combinations of style, finish and shape to see which suits you best.