Choosing a precious metal can be a confusing part of the engagement ring process. Learn about appearance, durability, and price of the available precious metal options here at MG.
Precious Metal Options
|Platinum||18k White Gold||14k Rose Gold||18k Yellow Gold|
|Appearance||Considered to be non-toxic and hypoallergenic, platinum is a precious metal with a naturel beautiful silvery-white color.||18K gold is the least likely to tarnish and is the most expensive gold choice for jewelry. 18K has a lighter and more intense appearance.||14K is the most common gold used in the US. While very close in color, 14K will not be as rich and vivid as 18K gold.||10K has a lower gold content so it may tarnish quicker than 14K or 18K.|
|Durability||Unlike gold, platinum doesn’t require as much maintenance. Platinum wears down at a much slower rate and does not tarnish.||Since 18K is a purer form of gold, it is softer than 14K and 10K. It will require more maintenance than other metals.||14K gold is made up of 58.3% pure gold making it a stronger metal. This purity is best for delicate rings.||10K gold is that hardest metal out of the other options because of its lower gold content and higher other metal mixture.|
|Price||Platinum is the typically the priciest out of the precious metals. Platinum is denser than gold, so platinum jewelry will usually weigh more than other precious metals.||Being that 18K contains 75% gold, it is more expensive than 10K and 14K gold.||14K is more affordable than platinum and 18K gold. 14K has more metal other metal content than 18K giving it a lower price point.||10K is the most affordable / least expensive metal option. 10K contains 41.7% pure gold and is mixed with other metals such as silver or nickel.|