The 10 Best Metal Options When Choosing an Engagement Ring

Finding an engagement ring is one of the most romantic and sacred things one can do when preparing to pop the big question. The one proposing will want to find something memorable, beautiful and affordable. It can be difficult at times to find something within your budget and something that defines your relationship.

One decision that must be made when choosing on the types of engagement rings available is which metal it will be made of.

Below, you’ll learn about the 10 best options when choosing a metal for your special moment.

Types of Engagement Rings

Primary Metals for Engagement Rings

These are the precious metals most choose when trying to find an engagement ring. Just because most people choose these metals, doesn’t mean they’re not a great choice. They’re reliable metals that have stood the test of time. Find out about each one below…


Appearance: Platinum has a soft white hue and does not tarnish or oxidize. It does scratch over time, but it can be polished. It is 40% harder than gold, which helps engravings look sharper.

Price: Platinum is 30% rarer than gold, so it is more expensive.

Purity: 95%


  • Most British Crown Jewels are Made of Platinum
  • Platinum was Taken off the Market in the 20th Century during Wartime


Appearance: There are different types of gold including:

  • Yellow Gold
  • White Gold
  • Green Gold
  • Rose Gold

24k Gold is extremely soft and can be buffed with a soft cloth to keep shiny and smooth.

Price: Ranges from affordable to more expensive options.

Purity: Measured in karats (not carats). Karats are divided into 24 parts. 24 Karats = pure gold. Traditionally alloyed with other metals to add strength. Therefore 14K is 14 parts gold, 10 parts other metal. Gold comes in 10k, 14k or 18k.

Facts: Must be at least 10k to be sold as gold in the U.S. Traditionally mined in South Africa, but is also mined in Peru, Russia and the U.S.

You can also find jewelry stores that buy gold in your area to make some extra money if you have jewelry you’d like to liquidate.

Sterling Silver

Appearance: Pure silver is similar in hue to platinum, but less shiny. Pure silver, like gold, is very soft. Silver will tarnish, so it needs to be kept in a tarnish-proof storage to retain its quality.

Price: One of the most affordable precious metals.

Purity: pg Must be 92.5% pure silver to be sold in U.S.

Facts: Was once considered more valuable than gold. Paper towels can scratch silver, so do not try to clean your silver jewelry with them.

Contemporary Metals

These metals aren’t typically seen in engagement rings, but offer a contemporary look for wedding bands that will complement a gold or platinum engagement ring.


Appearance: Naturally bright and white in color, similar to platinum. Fairly scratch resistant and four times harder than platinum, heavy and very durable. Cobalt allows for easy resizing.

Price: One of the affordable metals.

Purity: Sold as a pure metal and is hypoallergenic.

Facts: Originally created for use in medical and aerospace industries.

Stainless Steel

Appearance: Stainless steel is shiny and strong. It can be polished to take on different looks: matte, like pewter or reflective, like chrome.

Price: Good choice for shoppers looking for the qualities of platinum, but with a lower price.

Purity: Stainless steel is mixed with at least 10.5% chromium to resist oxidation.

Facts: You can clean stainless with dish soap, water and a cloth.


Appearance: Titanium is a lightweight metal with a modern style. It is black, gray or silver, often with inlays of other metals. It is often polished and extremely scratch resistant. It cannot be resized.

Price: One of the more affordable metals.

Purity: Does not include alloys and is hypoallergenic.

Facts: Titanium is named after the titans of Greek mythology and is mined all over the world, including, Australia. Canada, China, New Enaland, Norway, North America, and South Africa.


Appearance: Tungsten has a brilliant, hard-looking shine. It is four times harder than titanium and cannot be resized.

Price: Good choice for shoppers looking for the qualities of platinum, but with a lower price.

Purity: Tungsten is a pure element and is hypoallergenic.

Facts: Found mostly in China.

Less Common Metals for Engagement Rings

Although the majority of jewelry is created using more popular and main-stream materials, there is still a diversity of metals that continue to be used to create some truly unique pieces of jewelry.

Rhodium is a rare silver-white metal of the platinum family. It is particularly hard and is the most expensive of the less common precious metals.

Palladium is another rare silver-white metal of the platinum family.

Brass is a copper and zinc alloy that’s gold in color. It will tarnish and turn brown overtime.

Copper is a reddish gold metal that patinas to a warm brown but can also take on a green patina with oxidation. The oldest known metal, it was associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her Roman counterpart, Venus. In addition, copper jewelry is often considered to have healing properties.


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