Choosing the right precious metal for your lifestyle

There are distinct benefits that certain precious metals provide over others, and it’s important to consider your lifestyle when looking at the options. Here’s a quick guide to help you pick…

Gold is a reliable choice as it doesn’t rust, tarnish or corrode. Yellow gold is a true representation of gold’s natural colour. It is a truly classic precious metal – a popular and traditional choice. An excellent choice for wedding rings is 18ct yellow gold (which is 75% pure gold). It has a richer colour than 9ct, will give your ring great durability and retain its good looks.

Placing white metals next to white diamonds looks fantastic! White gold can be slightly grey in tone. A popular option is to have it rhodium plated which is dazzlingly white. The rhodium plating does wear over time, so we recommend having it periodically re-plated. The benefit is that every time your ring is rhodium plated, it gets a whole new surface and can appear almost like-new. Minor scuffs and scratches will disappear.

Rose gold is an alloy that is increasingly on-trend, thanks to its elegant and romantic look. The gorgeous pink colour is created by adding a little more copper in the yellow gold alloy.

Titanium rings are hypoallergenic, lightweight, corrosion-resistant and strong enough to keep their shape, even when knocked about. They’re a great choice for those with active lifestyles who don’t want to worry about wear and tear. However, they can be hard to cut off in an emergency situation. Be careful to get the right size, as titanium rings can only be sized slightly up, not down.

Ziro rings are made from Zirconium which is very similar to Titanium – it is relatively lightweight, is skin-friendly (no nickel), and is high heat and corrosion resistant. Unlike Tungsten rings, which can shatter, Black Zirconium rings are shatterproof.

Platinum and palladium have a natural brilliance which means they don’t need rhodium plating. Platinum, a naturally white metal, has a cool lustre, is resistant to damage and is hypoallergenic – ideal for active lifestyles and those with sensitive skin.

Having trouble deciding? Combine two or three precious metals, the mix of different metals will give your ring a modern feel that’s right on trend. Ask us for advice and we’ll help you find your perfect wedding band.