While you’ve got an expensive diamond on your ring, it’s worth putting some thought into what’s holding the stone in place. Today, we’re going to look at some durable metals which are perfect for diamond engagement ring bands as they strike a beautiful balance between form and function. If you’re an active person, the metal you choose for your ring’s band is important if you want it to live through strenuous activities. After all, the diamond is not the only aspect of the ring which makes it beautiful and finding the right band is just as important.
What are the most metals used to craft diamond engagement ring bands?
Here’s a look at all the metals you can use for your diamond engagement ring band –
Palladium Engagement Ring Bands
Palladium is a silvery-white metal that is slightly harder than platinum. On the Mohs hardness scale, Palladium is rated at 4.75. While it has a similar look, feel, and durability to platinum, as it’s a less dense metal, you have more room to work with when it comes to pricing and will generally cost less than an equivalent platinum band.
Platinum Engagement Ring Bands
Platinum has an excellent white-silver look and is very durable, with a 4.5 rating on the Mohs hardness scale. On top of that, platinum is corrosion resistant and will not tarnish. Depending on the type of ring and severity of daily work, platinum is a good choice for anyone who has to work through a day where
Gold Alloys Engagement Ring Bands
Gold alloys are a favorite choice for ring bands – and the 14-carat gold is the most durable metal you can use for your rings. While pure gold isn’t ideal for jewelry, combining it with other metals significantly increases its durability and makes it the perfect choice for those looking for a durable band. Among the three gold alloys available – yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold – the toughest alloy is yellow gold, with rose gold coming in on a close second and white goal rounding off the list.
With 18-carat gold alloys, you are looking at softer bands. Although these bands are prettier, they are less durable than the 14-carat counterparts are.
Sterling Silver Engagement Ring Bands
Sterling silver is a silver alloy mixed in with copper to add to the durability of the band. Despite that, from our lineup today, sterling silver is the softest. However, plenty of buyers will opt for a silver band due to the look and pricing of the band. Unlike the rest of the metals on our list, silver tarnishes and will show its wear after some time. This may be desirable if you’re a ring wearer who wants to show the age of the ring. In addition to this, due to the softness of the ring, it will eventually come to adjust around your finger and take its shape, owing to a better fit.
Do not confuse resistance and durability with indestructibility – these rings can still be damaged and ruined. Therefore, treat your rings and bands with care, and don’t throw them under a car to test their durability – they have their limits. If you’re worried about the safety of your ring and getting marks and scratches on it – just take it off before any activity and remember to put it back on straight afterward.