The selection of precious metals for engagement and wedding rings is large. Which is the right choice for you depends on many factors. Your desired color can play a role, but also properties of the material, the desired fineness and, last but not least, your budget. We introduce you to the various precious metals and the most important selection criteria. formal dresses online
The precious metals and their properties
Most couples are guided primarily by color when choosing a precious metal. Gold is a popular classic that is available in many colors. If you want silver nuances, you can also choose platinum, palladium or silver in addition to white gold. In addition to the color differences, criteria such as durability, wearing comfort and the desired style are decisive.
Gold - the classic in many variations
Yellow gold is the most classic choice for wedding rings. Many couples still choose yellow gold rings , which have a high symbolic value. The typical yellow-gold color is more intense the higher the fineness. The stone setting on a yellow gold engaement ring comes into its own thanks to the color contrast with the precious metal.
White gold offers the symbolic power of gold, but shines in a white-silvery color. The white gold gets its light color from the coating with rhodium. At AURONIA only high quality alloys with a high palladium content are used. As a result, the white gold rings are color-fast and of high quality. White gold is also the right choice for you if you value a comfortable weight. Allergy sufferers also often choose it because white gold is extremely skin-friendly.
In contrast to white gold, gray gold is not rhodium-plated. As a result, it retains its natural color, which is a little darker than the white-silvery white gold. It is ideal if you want a gray-silver ring for a modern style. As for ring made of white gold AURONIA only uses high-quality alloys with a high percentage of palladium for gray gold rings. Accordingly, the gray gold rings are color-fast and skin-friendly.
Red and rose gold tones are particularly popular with multi-colored designs. Depending on how intense you want the red gold tone, you can choose between rose, apricot and red gold. Rose and apricot gold offer a delicate pink shimmer and a warm sheen. Red gold on the other hand, has a deeper shade of red that harmonizes with all skin tones. All three precious metals get their reddish shimmer from the addition of copper to the high-quality gold alloy. If you combine them with white gold, platinum, palladium or silver, you will get effective contrasts for your rings.
Palladium - Resistant precious metal with high wearing comfort
Palladium is visually very similar to platinum. It offers you a gray-silvery shade with a high color fastness. Palladium is very robust and scratch-resistant. These properties make it the ideal precious metal for rings that you want to wear every day. Compared to white gold and platinum, ring made of palladium are lighter and are therefore very comfortable to wear.
Platinum - solid exclusivity
Platinum is one of the rarest and most valuable precious metals in the world. It gives rings that seal the bond of marriage a very special symbolic value. Rings made of platinumlook very noble with their gray-silvery color and are suitable for both simple and elegant and modern ring designs. And a platinum engagement ring in particular becomes an impressive statement thanks to its exclusivity. Just like rings made of palladium, platinum rings are extremely suitable for everyday use and color-fast. They do not rub off even over many years. Thanks to the high-quality alloy that AURONIA uses, platinum allergy sufferers are very skin-friendly.
Silver - a wide range of design options
Silver has been used to make jewelry for centuries and is considered a budget-friendly alternative to white gold. With its silvery sheen and its good malleability, silver offers many design options. To protect the rings from tarnishing, they are coated with rhodium at AURONIA. Rings made of silverare particularly light and offer you a comfortable fit even if you haven't worn a ring before. For example, compared to white gold, gray gold, palladium or platinum, silver is less robust and therefore more suitable for friendship rings.
What is the fineness and how does it influence the properties of the precious metals?
If you choose a precious metal for engagement or wedding rings, the question of its fineness also arises. It denotes the proportion of the most valuable precious metal in the ring. The fineness is given in thousandths. The higher it is, the higher the percentage of precious metal in your ring and the better its properties come into play. It is therefore generally advisable to choose the highest fineness that is available to you according to your budget.
The additionally added precious metals can strengthen the structure of the rings or influence the color. In any case, AURONIA only uses high-quality alloys without nickel and manganese, which are extremely skin-friendly and allergy-friendly.
The fineness of gold alloys
In gold alloys, the fineness starts at 333 and thus with a gold content of 33.3 percent. This percentage of gold is particularly budget-friendly. However, the color tone of rings in yellow, gray and red gold is less intense than that of precious metals with a higher fineness.
With a share of 37.5 percent, the gold content is already higher at a fineness of 375. However, even with this fineness, the color is not as intense as with higher levels. With a fineness of 585, the gold content is more than half at 58.5 percent and the properties of the gold are already shown to advantage. This fineness is therefore recommended for your engagement or wedding rings.
If you want a high-quality gold alloy with optimal material properties, a fineness of 750 is the best choice. The share of gold is 75 percent and the golden color nuances come into their own.
Only a fineness of 916 is higher. Yellow gold shines particularly intensely, but this alloy is less robust and suitable for everyday use due to a lower proportion of strengthening metals.
The fineness of palladium rings
Palladium rings are also available in various grades. The proportion of palladium ranges from 50 percent to 95 percent. With a fineness of 500, half of the palladium rings consist of other high-quality precious metals such as silver. These make the hard palladium more flexible, making it more suitable for making jewelry. At the same time, the rings retain a high degree of hardness and are well suited if you are looking for rings that are suitable for everyday use. Rings with a fineness of 585 are also characterized by high color stability and stability.
With a fineness of 950, the palladium rings contain small amounts of high-quality copper, tungsten and ruthenium. This makes the robust palladium flexible enough for jewelry production, but retains its resilience and color fastness.
Platinum - valuable alloy in two grades
Ring made of platinum are available in a fineness of 600 or 900. With a fineness of 600, the platinum content is 60 percent. Rings with this fineness offer high color fastness and resistance, but are a little more budget-friendly than platinum rings with a fineness of 950.
With a fineness of 950, only small amounts of other high-quality precious metals are added to the platinum and its properties come into full effect. This fineness is also particularly popular with allergy sufferers.
High quality sterling silver
Silver with a fineness of 925 is also known and popular as sterling silver. With a silver content of 92.5 percent, it only contains small amounts of other precious metals. These help stabilize the otherwise relatively soft metal. formal dresses with sleeves
Which precious metal with which fineness you choose is entirely up to your personal taste. In addition to your budget, factors that you can include in your selection include the question of suitability for everyday use. After choosing the metal, you can influence the style of your rings with further design options, such as the gemstone setting, joints, steps and / or a personal engraving.