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Precious Metal Comparison

Metal
Hypo-Allergenic
Scratch Resistance
Weight 100% Comparison to 14K Gold
Alloys & Purity
Platinum
(Bright white)
Yes
Low
170%
Ruthenium
95% Pure
Palladium
(Bright white)
Yes
Low
95%
Ruthenium
95% Pure
18K Yellow
(Rich yellow)
No
Moderate
119.2%
Copper, zinc, silver
75% Pure
18K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
No
Moderate
119.2%
Copper, zinc, nickel
75% Pure
18K Rose
(Rich rose)
No
Moderate
119.2%
Copper, zinc
75% Pure
14K Yellow
(Bright yellow)
No
Moderate
100%
Copper, zinc, silver
58.3% Pure
14K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
No
Moderate
100%
Copper, zinc, nickel
58.3% Pure
14K Rose
(Bright rose)
No
Moderate
100%
Copper, zinc
58.3% Pure
10K Yellow
(Standard yellow)
No
Moderate
85%
Copper, zinc, silver
41.7% Pure
10K White
(Rhodium plated: Bright white)
No
Moderate
85%
Copper, zinc, nickel
41.7% Pure

 

In addition to comparing each precious metal, each metal has several pros and cons. Considering each may help you determine the best metal to meet your lifestyle.

 

Platinum

Pros
  • Considered the “King” of metals
  • Long lasting, maintains weight over lifetime
  • 95% pure
  • Naturally white, never requires plating
  • Hypoallergenic, tarnish and corrosion resistant
  • When scratched, metal is moved aside or displaced rather than lost
  • Substantial feel (70 % heavier than gold)
Cons
  • Scratches easily, faster than other metals
  • Most expensive

 

 

Palladium

Pros
  • Long lasting, maintains weight over lifetime
  • 95% pure
  • Naturally white, never requires plating
  • Hypoallergenic, tarnish and corrosion resistant
  • When scratched, metal is moved aside or displaced rather than lost
  • Member of platinum group metals
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • Scratches easily, faster than other metals

 

 

Gold

Pros
  • Most scratch resistant precious metal
  • Most traditional and popular jewelry metal
  • More affordable than other precious metals
  • Available in multiple color options: white, yellow, rose and green gold
  • Available in different karats: 10K, 14K and 18K
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • White gold needs occasional rhodium plating to look its whitest

 

Metals used to create the beautiful wedding bands featured in our collections all have their various pros and cons. Below is a quick answer guide that explains the differences between metals. We hope this information makes it easier to choose the right ring metal for you.

What is the Best Metal for a Ring?

The best metal for a wedding ring is completely dependent on your personal preferences for ring appearance, feel, weight, durability and cost. There's no perfect ring metal. All metals have limitations of some sort. The key to making a choice if comparing information and then choosing the metal that satisfies most of your "must have" options for your ideal wedding ring.

Platinum Wedding Band Pros and Cons

Pros: Platinum's bright white color gleams with richness and compares favorably with palladium in the purity department. Platinum wedding bands are 95 percent pure with only 5 percent alloy content. Platinum wedding bands are hypoallergenic and never tarnish or corrode.

Cons: Rings are on the expensive side and scratch easier than other metals.

Palladium Wedding Band Pros and Cons

Pros: These rings are 95 percent pure and offer a gorgeous natural white metal sheen that remains free of corrosion and tarnish. Palladium wedding bands are affordable and have excellent durability.

Cons: Rings scratch easily.

Gold Wedding Band Pros and Cons

Pros: Gold rings come in color options of yellow, white and rose, and carat options of 10K, 14K and 18K for a wide variety of luxury ring choices. Gold bands have a decent amount of scratch resistance and ring costs are very affordable when compared with other precious metals.

Cons: White gold rings require periodic rhodium plating touch-ups to maintain a gleaming white finish.

Cobalt Chrome Wedding Band Pros and Cons

Pros: Cobalt chrome wedding bands are one of the best alternative metals for white gold, offering excellent white sheen in addition to being hypoallergenic. Enjoy wearing an affordable scratch-resistant, modern band with a high level of durability.

Cons: Temporary scratches disappear with polishing. Cobalt rings cannot be resized.

Titanium Wedding Band Pros and Cons

Pros: Titanium contemporary rings are extremely tough, affordable and feature a natural grey finish.

Cons: They cannot be resized. Minor scratches may show up, requiring polishing.

Tungsten Wedding Band Pros and Cons

Pros: Ring color options include grey, white and black, and come with comfort-fit. These hypoallergenic rings have a weighty feel and they are highly scratch-resistant.

Cons: Tungsten rings tend to fracture or break if dropped. Rings cannot be resized.