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The Best Wedding and Engagement Rings

The Best Wedding and Engagement Rings

Okay, I admit that “the best” wedding ring or engagement ring is quite subjective and going to be largely a matter of personal preference. However, there are some matters of quality and similar things that we think can be reasonably categorized as “the best” (or at least, “better than…”). Here we’ll talk about how to pick the best engagement ring or wedding band (or both!) in terms of quality, durability, and ethics.

The Best Wedding and Engagement Rings The best metals for engagement rings and wedding bands

The metal you choose will depend on your personal taste and budget constraints, but for women’s rings the best metals are platinum, palladium and 18K gold (any color, yellow, white or rose gold). Why are they the best?

The Best Wedding and Engagement Rings

Platinum is the most durable and pure metal used in fine jewelry today, with a brilliant white color that won’t fade or tarnish over time. The drawback to platinum is that it also tends to be the most expensive choice for engagement rings and wedding bands and it can be difficult to resize. But for a ring that should last a lifetime, it’s really the best choice as far as white metals go.

A slightly more economical alternative to platinum is palladium, which is also very strong, pure and resistant to tarnishing and fading. The white isn’t quite as bright as platinum, but very close, so palladium also makes our list of the best metals for engagement rings.

The Best Wedding and Engagement Rings

If you want a different color or just like the idea of gold, your best option is 18K gold. In this case, more pure (22K or 24K) is not necessarily better; gold is a very soft metal, and anything higher than 18K is likely to get damaged with daily wear. Keep in mind that if you get plating on the gold (such as rhodium plating on white gold), this will wear off over time and you will need to get it replated.

The Best Wedding and Engagement Rings

The best diamonds for engagement and wedding rings

In terms of quality, keep in mind the four “C”s of diamonds: cut, clarity, color and carat, with cut being the most important (and this is not the same as shape). The better the cut, the more sparkle or “fire” the stone will have. Cuts are usually rated as: good, very good, excellent, and ideal.

The Best Wedding and Engagement Rings

On a darker note, the diamond and gemstone industry can be problematic for ethical and environmental reasons. If that’s important to you or your partner, you might be considering a certified conflict-free diamond. Unfortunately, with the many middlemen that a diamond passes through, “conflict-free” means almost nothing these days, unless you can independently verify your stone was mined in Canada. The official Kimberly Process definition of “conflict-free” still allows for child labor and exploitation of workers. Brilliant Earth is one company that has committed to going beyond that definition and selling only diamonds that have truly ethical origins. But if you can’t be sure about the diamond’s origins, you might also consider a lab-created diamond. These are chemically identical to “natural” diamonds (so the term “synthetic diamond” is really a misnomer), just grown in a lab where you don’t have to worry about civil wars and child labor. Plus, they are often more affordable!

White gold engagement ring

White gold engagement ring

If you want to propose marriage to your girlfriend, it is essential to have a nice ring for the proposal. Begin with having a look at the different models of rings to choose the one that best fits your budget of money and the tastes of your girlfriend. A golden ring with a diamond is the traditional choice, but do not stay with typical, you can be original and surprise her.

You know that gold has different color possibilities. White gold and yellow are very similar in value and popularity among people but it could be an original choice to decide for white gold engagement rings. The decision is just a matter of taste.

White gold engagement ring has a soft, silvery appearance known for its luster. It can also be polished to a matte or glossy finish. The beauty of these rings is outstanding. Your girlfriend will love her ring and of course she will give you the “yes I will” you so much expect.

Buy white gold engagement ring

When you buy a ring there are some issues you should consider. Let’s start with the quality of the ring. Gold is a strong metal but white gold is often mixed with other materials that make it even more durable. But white gold is usually plated with rhodium, which can lead to fade over time. If this happens you should take it to be plated with rhodium again. Remember that white gold is more expensive than yellow gold but more sophisticated and beautiful. Also keep in mind the skin tone of your future wife, usually if she has fair skin, this ring is ideal. For example you can buy a Tyffany and Co. ring of white gold and diamonds.

Once you have chosen the ring just figure out the size. Ask any friend of your girlfriend or mother to see if they know. Or borrow your girlfriend a ring she wears without her noticing to measure it.