You’re looking for engagement rings and need to decide on what type of band you need, right? Let’s take a look at the fundamentals of selecting the perfect engagement ring band.

Selecting The Right Types Of Engagement Ring Bands

platinum engagement band

Platinum

With its elegant gray-white look and lasting durability, the platinum engagement ring may be the best choice. This choice of metal is corrosion resistant due to it being soft in its pure state. Here is the key, only jewelry containing 950 platinum (95% platinum and 5% alloys) can be called “Platinum”;

gold engagement ring band

Gold

What can I say about gold, it’s been used with jewelry for thousands of years and is known for its enchanting beauty. Gold is soft and as a result, needs to be mixed with alloys to maintain it’s life. The term used to determine gold’s fineness is Karat. There are 24 parts used to state golds fineness. Gold that is 75% in purity is 18K gold. That would be 18 parts pure gold and six parts an alloying metal.

rose gold engagement ring band

Rose Gold

Usually, rose gold is created by mixing gold with copper and silver. There are so many options for blending, that companies safeguard any information about their secret recipes from competitors. Because it’s alloyed with other metals, rose gold is more durable than yellow gold.

The color matches wonderfully with all skin tones.

white gold engagement ring band

White Gold

When you mix pure gold with white metals such as silver or palladium you produce white gold. White gold is gorgeous and durable,  making it an excellent choice for an engagement ring. The one downfall to white gold is that it’s coated with rhodium to enhance it’s shine and protect from scratching. Once the rhodium wears away, the band may require replating.

 

sterling silver engagement ring band

Sterling Silver

Although sterling silver is beautiful, it’s hardly used in engagement rings because it’s not very durable and tarnishes over time. Sterling silver is an alloy mix of 925 parts. 92.5% being silver and 7.5% copper or other metals like zinc or nickel. Although it’s an excellent gift for a girlfriend, I’d stay away from sterling silver for an engagement ring.

Side Stones For Your Engagement Ring

Your engagement ring can be enhanced by adding some side stones.  Side stones add a layer of gems (normally diamonds) to extend the radius of shine.  Try to keep the side stones the same color as the center stone; Again, we’re trying to keep that shine consistent across the entire radius of the diamond.

engagement ring band diamond

Have any additional questions about types of engagement ring bands? Contact us now, we’d be happy to help!

How to Tell if Gold is Valuable

How can I tell if my items are Gold and is Valuable?

On gold pieces, look for Karat markings. Any one of these indicates that your jewelry is gold:

For 8 Karat you will see 375 – this is used primarily in items
For 10 karat you will see: , 10kt, or 417
For 14 karat you will see: , 14kt, or 585
For 18 karat you will see:  18kt, or 750
For 22 karat you will see .917

How to Tell if My Jewelry is Silver

Most silver jewelry is sterling silver and should be stamped with a hallmark of either “.925” or “sterling.” Sterling is 92.5% silver. The other 7.5% metal generally is copper.

If your jewelry is stamped “German Silver”, “E.P.N.S.(Electro Plated Nickel Silver), “Alpaca”, or “Nickel Silver” you don’t have sterling silver but rather you have an alloy of Nickel and copper with no silver. Unfortunately we don’t buy these items. If you can’t find the hallmarks on your jewelry, don’t worry. Bring it in and we will gladly test it for you at no cost.