Y ou have chosen the diamond as your preferred gemstone. The next step is deciding on the best metal to accentuate the beauty of your diamond, which is just as important as choosing the diamond stone itself. You may like more refreshing hues like Platinum, white gold and silver, or prefer warmer tones like yellow gold or rose gold.

Alternatively, mixing metals like white gold and yellow gold is a smart approach because it will allow you to complement any piece in your existing jewelry wardrobe.

You can even create a beautiful contrast with warmer metals like yellow gold by setting the diamond in a white metal head such as Platinum or white gold. The metal head serves to hold the diamond in place and, at the same time, accentuates the diamond, showing off its brilliance and sparkling effect.

Choosing An Engagement Ring

Platinum

If you love to portray a calm, yet adventurous image, Platinum is perfect for you. Platinum is a naturally white precious metal with a fresh luster that brings out the brilliance and sparkle of your diamond. It is considered the most precious of all jewelry metals and has become a popular choice for wedding and engagement rings.

Compared to gold, platinum is five times rarer and purer when used in jewelry. Platinum is durable and also naturally hypoallergenic, making it a great choice if you lead an active lifestyle or have sensitive skin.

Palladium

Palladium is a beautiful alternative for Platinum. It is a precious white metal, part of the platinum group of metals. Popular for its natural white color, which does not tarnish or require re-plating, it is more pocket-friendly than Platinum, and you don't have to worry about durability. It also requires low maintenance.

Gold

Gold remains the most common choice for jewelry. Pure gold is 24 karats, and there is 22K gold, but most gold comes in 18K, 14K and 10K. The remaining portion is made up of other metals — such as silver, copper, nickel, and zinc — to lend strength and durability because gold is a soft metal. The type and percentage of the metal alloys used will determine the shade and color of gold.

Gold jewelry usually comes in these colors:

Yellow Gold

This is your regular gold. If you love classic, time-tested values, you'll most likely love this kind of gold. The red of copper is mixed with the green hue of silver to obtain the warm luster that many love.

White Gold

White gold obtains its silvery-white hue from combining yellow gold with copper, zinc, and nickel (or palladium). It is plated with rhodium (a platinum group metal), which is about four times the cost of Platinum, resists scratches and tarnishing. However, over time, re-plating may become necessary as the metal may fade with use.

Rose Gold

If you love that soft, romantic effect, this is the gold to consider. Rose gold is created by combining a portion of yellow gold with a copper alloy. It has a romantic, warm, pink hue.

Green Gold

Lovers of a little bit of drama and intrigue will likely pick this one. This gold type is created by mixing yellow gold with silver, copper, and zin. Green gold has an unusual, nature-inspired appeal.

Silver

Silver is one of the oldest known precious metals used in making jewelry. It is popular in jewelry art as it is very malleable and a relatively inexpensive precious metal. However, it is imperative to note that silver is more prone to tarnishing and scratching than other precious metals.

Ultimately, a good balance of cost, durability, and personal taste will help you in choosing an engagement ring metal that will bring out the beauty and value of your chosen diamond. The best ring is not necessarily the most expensive, but the one that gives you the most satisfaction and good value for your money.