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Choosing the Metal Bands on Engagement Rings

With so much focus on the stone, the band of engagement rings is often something that is overlooked until the time comes when the jeweller asks how the ring should be set. Of course, making a snap decision without knowing what to consider is not always ideal.

To help you get a better idea of how to choose the band of your future fiancée’s ring, there are a few things that you should first keep in mind. One of the most important things to remember is that many brides match their engagement rings to their wedding rings – some couples have the man’s wedding ring also match, too. With this in mind, it is good to pay careful thought to how practical the metal is in its colour and durability, while also thinking about whether you want the band to be simple, adorned with stones or somewhere in between.

A good rule of thumb to decide on the type of metal to choose is to scope out your beloved’s style. Someone who wears cooler colours and has a lot of silver jewellery will likely wear a ring that has a platinum or white gold band. Someone who wears warm tones and has gold jewellery will easily wear a ring band made in yellow or rose gold meanwhile. You could also mix metals such as white and yellow gold for a more subtle option that fits into almost every style. Another option to bring out the stone’s brilliance is to choose a platinum or white gold setting, with a warmer toned band.

What else should you be considering when it comes to the bands of engagement rings and how do the different metals compare?

How to Find the Right Band for Engagement Rings

Some additional tips to consider include the following…

  • Platinum is an expensive but very durable choice for bands. Five times purer than gold when used in rings and other jewellery, platinum is pricey for good reason. If your fiancée is active and leads a busy lifestyle, this durable metal will ensure a long-lasting option that needs no re-plating. It’s also hypoallergenic, making it good for those who have sensitive skin or allergies. It has a cool, bright silver shine that does not dull.
  •  Gold is versatile and offers a range of style options. A popular choice in jewellery, this metal is measured in karats, which are divided into 24 parts – pure gold having the most parts at 24 karats. Colour options in this metal include yellow gold (a bright, classic gold colour), white gold (looks closer to silver or platinum, with a softer edge), rose gold (pink toned and unusual, with copper blended into the metal) and green gold (very rare and unique green tinted gold). Mixing different gold colours can result in a one of a kind ring that suits those who prefer to have their own style.
  •  You will need to have accurate finger measurements to have a band that fits. The simplest way to get the band sized properly is to pinch one of her rings and take it with you to the jeweller if you are surprising her with a ring. You could also ask her mom or best friend for help if you have trouble sneaking into her jewellery box. If sizing at a jeweller, it is important to remember that various things affect the fit – body temperature needs to be normal with no salt or water retention, and the weather should not be too hot or cold either, as this could make hands bigger or smaller respectively. Avoid ring fittings first thing in the morning to allow salt retention to ease, and after exercise, when fingers swell.

If you need any further advice on pairing the metal with your chosen stone, we are happy to assist however we can at Cape Diamonds. With a bit of planning however, you can choose the perfect band that suits your choice of engagement rings as well as your future bride just so.