Metal Choices and Engagement Rings with Platinum Settings
Where to Purchase Gold Engagement Rings with Platinum Settings?
Most people buying an engagement ring will select either white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. We actually have 4 precious metal options for many of our rings if you include Palladium as one of the choices, but a 5th alternative exists. But many people are unaware that this 5th option is available : an 18ct gold band with a platinum setting. Some years ago, when 18ct yellow gold had greater popularity, platinum settings were popular. Today, most two-colour ring designs are largely 18ct white and yellow gold. A lower price that is easier to cost accounts for why many retailers offer the yellow and white gold option.
Good Reasons for Platinum Settings?
Since platinum is a naturally white metal, and less malleable than gold, it tends to be a perfect choice for diamond settings, since it is less easily bent. It offers security for the diamond, but does not ‘tarnish’ in the way that 18ct white gold wears to reveal the natural colour of the white gold. Platinum can also be re-polished back to its original condition. White gold settings do have the added protection of rhodium plating, but the whiteness will fade as the rhodium wears.
Why Choose a White Metal to Surround the Diamond?
If you are buying a two-part engagement ring, where a setting is put onto the shank, it is possible to order the ring mount with a platinum head. White settings are popular to surround the diamond since they are less apparent. Yellow settings draw the eye to the claws, and the colour passes through the diamond reducing apparent whiteness.
What are the Cost Implications?
As a rule-of-thumb, combining yellow Gold with a platinum setting brings a ring out somewhere in-between the all platinum and 18ct yellow gold price. Check out prices on our shop section for engagement rings, and the price will be somewhere in-between.
Other Choices for Engagement Ring Setting
Engagement rings completely made in 18ct Yellow Gold
The engagement ring above shows an all-yellow gold version of a six claw solitaire design. Styles such as this one, which are cast as one-part mounts cannot be made in two metal types.
Engagement Rings completely made out of 18ct White Gold
Although strictly a two part design (setting and shank) the above ring style has been created with both a white gold setting and shank. This remains one of the most popular choices for gold engagement rings.
Engagement Rings in Gold with a White or Platinum Setting
If your ideal choice is a yellow gold ring, with a white setting, then platinum could be an alternative choice to white gold.
How to Order The Platinum Option?
If you’re considering gold engagement rings with platinum settings, just contact us with details of your chosen style and diamond preferences and we will respond with a detailed quotation for you.