You are now ready to propose for the second time in your life. You want this day to be even more special as it symbolises your willingness to put your faith in love again.  Though it is the second time, your feelings are still  as strong and your heart is filled with love –– if not more.

With your previous experience, you may already know what you want forthis engagement and eventually have a larger budget at hand. Choosing the right metal is a more complicated task that you’d think, so here are a few tips to help you to help you decide..

  • Gold: varieties & durability
  • Platinum: durability & cost


Gold for Your Second Engagement Ring: Varieties & Durability

Gold has been a metal of choice for centuries. Because gold comes in different karats, due to the percentages of gold vs alloys, this metal is available to big and smaller budgets and in a variety of colours.

Pure gold is 24kt but because it is so soft, this carat weight is not commonly chosen for engagement rings, particularly in Europe. The most popular gold carats chosen in Europe are 14kt, with 58.5% gold content and 18kt engagement rings with 75% gold content.

White gold is an alloy of gold, and at least another white metal, such as nickel, palladium or manganese, plated with rhodium. It is important to know that this plating does wear off after a few months or years showing a slightly light yellow patina, but this can be restored by re-plating and re-polishing the ring.

18Kt Rose & Red gold, other increasingly chosen options for engagement rings, are composed of 75% gold and 25% copper for red gold; and 75% gold, 22.25% copper with a little 2.75% silver for the rose gold.

Platinum for Your Second Engagement Ring: Durability & Cost

In comparison to gold, platinum is a naturally white metal and therefore guarantees that the ring will remain white throughout time and will not need re-plating.

Platinum is a strong and durable metal, which is one of the reasons couples often choose it for engagement rings with larger stones.
Although it is more robust and durable, platinum is a softer material that scratches a little more easily, giving it a particular patina that many people like. But should you not like that effect, you can restore the ring completely by simply having it re-polished.

Please note that platinum rings are 95% platinum and because it is denser, it requires more metal to make a ring, making it a more expensive choice.

BAUNAT offers a magnificent collection of engagement rings in all of these options, whether you like the durability of platinum or the romantic glow of red gold or the classic white gold. Do not hesitate to contact BAUNAT directly or browse through its impressive online catalogue to choose your favourite ring.
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