Precious Metals Guide

Metal Guide,
Types of Precious Metals for Ring and other jewellery Settings
You already know you’re creating the ring she’ll wear for the rest of her life, so you want to be sure she loves it. She will likely have a preference of the type of metal and the colour for her engagement ring setting and we’ve created some guidance to help get you started:

18k Gold
Characteristics
A classic metal with high gold purity Composed of 75% gold and 25% pure alloys
Price
Less expensive than platinum, yet highly valued
Setting Metal
Centre diamond is set in gold prongs
Performance
Softer, malleable metal
Easy to polish and repair
Resistant to rust and tarnishing
18k yellow gold is rich in colour
Has a distinct heritage

14k Gold
Characteristics
A strong metal that is popular in fine jewellery Composed of 58.3% gold and 41.7% pure alloys
Price
Less expensive than 18k gold, yet offers great value
Setting Metal
Centre diamond is set in 14k white gold prongs
Performance
Known for strength
Longer wear due to hardness
Easy to polish and repair
Resistant to rust and tarnishing
Moderate in colour compared to 18k yellow gold

Platinum
Characteristics
Enduring, strong, and lasts a lifetime Composed of 95% platinum and 5% other pure alloys
Price
A rare and expensive precious metal
Setting Metal
Centre diamond is set in platinum prongs
Performance
Strongest precious metal
Resistant to damage
Does not wear away
Develops a satin finish
Platinum is hypoallergenic
Highest level of purity

Palladium
Characteristics
A rare metal with the highest purity Composed of 95% palladium and 5% other pure alloys
Price
Less expensive than platinum, yet offers great value
Setting Metal
Centre diamond is set in platinum prongs
Performance
Known for strength, yet lighter than platinum
Has a natural and permanent whiteness
Easy to polish and repair
Resistant to corrosion, oxidation, and tarnishing
Palladium is hypoallergenic
It is scratch-resistant
To get more guidance on what type of precious metal she prefers and the colour, see our Engagement Ring Guide.