Choosing the right metal for your engagement ring

Choosing the right metal for your engagement ring

Choosing the right metal for your engagement ring

Have you decided that it’s time to get engaged? Let the engagement rings Omaha experts at 14 Karat in Omaha guide you through the process. There are a variety of metal options for your engagement ring, but which metal is the perfect choice? With so many options, choosing the ideal engagement ring can be an overwhelming experience and the experts at 14 Karat will ease you through the process every step of the way.

Let’s start by looking at what type of metal you would like: gold or platinum. Gold comes in a variety of  colors: yellow, white and rose gold and they each offer a distinct look. 14 Karat’s engagement rings Omaha experts explain the three different types of gold as well as platinum to help you decide which metal is right for you. 

Yellow Gold

One of the most classic gold options for engagement and wedding rings is yellow gold. This type of gold is made from a mixture of pure gold and alloy metals. The way to indicate how pure yellow gold is by the karats.The higher its karats, the purer the contents. Typically, yellow gold rings are 14 karat or 18 karat. 

Yellow gold is also one of the most hypoallergenic golds, meaning that it shouldn’t irritate your skin if it is sensitive. This metal is also easy to manipulate without it breaking or cracking, making it the best option when designing an intricate custom piece. 

A con for yellow gold is that it should be regularly polished and cleaned by our engagement ring experts at 14 Karat in Omaha.  Another thing to note is that yellow gold rings will scratch and dent over time (and with regular wear). 

White Gold

A popular alternative to classic yellow gold is white gold, which is created from pure gold and alloy metals with silver tones like palladium and nickel. White gold’s value depends on the ratio of gold to other alloy metals used.

One con for white gold is that unlike it’s yellow counterpart, it is not hypoallergenic. White gold can often contain nickel, which can cause allergic reactions for those who have sensitive skin. To keep white gold looking its best, it is important for it to be regularly cleaned, polished, and rhodium plated to keep its white color and luster. If you want a lower maintenance metal, white gold may not be for you.

Rose Gold

For those looking for a unique engagement ring, rose gold is the perfect choice. This type of gold is made from pure gold, copper and silver alloys-- the desired pinkish tint is a result of the copper alloy. Rose gold also has a more vintage, ethereal feel, which has been a very popular look in recent years.


The fourth metal option we will discuss is platinum. Platinum is naturally white and its color won’t fade over time, however it will require maintenance to keep its luster. Platinum is a popular choice for engagement rings because diamonds appear to “pop” against the metal’s bright-white color compared to yellow, white, or rose gold (which can reflect their own color into the diamond or gemstone). Platinum’s density helps it hold up to daily wear better than gold, making it the most secure setting for your diamond. Platinum is also stronger than gold, so it is far less likely to dent. 

One advantage gold has over platinum, is cost. Platinum is more rare than gold, which leads to its higher price point (along with its higher density). Since precious metals are priced by weight, the same ring will weigh significantly more in platinum than in gold, making it more expensive.

Whatever style and metal type you choose for your engagement ring, let engagement rings Omaha experts at 14 Karat guide your way. Our engagement ring professionals will help you find the perfect ring for your “forever”!  Visit our location at the Shops of Legacy at 168th & West Center Roads, located just across the parking lot from Roja Mexican Grill.