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Choosing the right metal for your 2nd engagement ring

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 the commitment you are willing to make, and even though it is the second time, it does not mean that your feelings are not as strong and filled with love.

With your previous experience you may already know what you want for this engagement and eventually have more budget at hand. Choosing the right metal doesn’t sound like a complicated task, but here’s a few tips to help you, should you still hesitate.

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

  • 0.50 carat solitaire ring in white gold with princess diamond From USD 1.530
    (excl. VAT)
  • 0.12 carat diamond design ring in white gold From USD 1.090
    (excl. VAT)
  • 2.50 carat solitaire diamond ring in white gold with side diamonds From USD 2.050
    (excl. VAT)
  • 1.00 carat solitaire halo ring in white gold with round diamonds From USD 2.390
    (excl. VAT)

Gold: varieties & durability

Gold has been a metal of choice for centuries as it comes in different karats, due to the percentages of gold vs alloys, and therefore available to different budgets and in different colours, thanks to these alloys.

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

White gold is an alloy of gold, and at least another white metal, 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: durability & cost

Platinum in comparison to gold 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 it is often chosen for engagement rings with larger stones.

Although it is stronger and more durable, it is a softer material which 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 more dense, it requires more metal to make a ring so it is overall more expensive.

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 to browse through its impressive online catalogue to choose your favourite ring.

Written by: CHLOÉ POUPON-DUMONTET Diamond Jewellery Advisor

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