General Information - Rings
Silver or Gold Jewelry
The two titans of precious metals: silver and gold. Both beautiful, both classics, but which should you choose?
The best place to start is to consider which color you prefer. Silver and white gold share a similar cool lustrous hue, while rose and yellow gold offer warm, rich tones. Think about how that color will look against your skin tone, with diamonds or with your favorite colors of gemstones.
What exactly is a karat?
The standard measurement of gold is the karat, which is divided into 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 Karats, meaning 24 out of 24 parts are gold. Because pure gold is too soft to be used for jewelry, it is combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength. For instance, 14K gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other alloys, while 10K gold is more durable, with 10 parts gold to 14 parts other alloys.
Alloys used with yellow gold include copper and silver. Rose gold is created by combining gold with large amounts of copper. When creating white gold, pure gold is combined with copper, zinc and nickel (or palladium).
There are distinct advantages to both yellow and white gold. Placing a diamond with yellow color in a yellow gold setting can actually make the diamond appear whiter. White gold is a beautiful complement to exceptionally white and brilliant diamonds. Sometimes, white gold is confused with platinum, though they are entirely different metals. White gold and platinum vary in strength, resistance to scratches and shades of white.
Why sterling silver?
Since ancient times, people across the globe have considered silver a highly valued metal.
Similar to gold, silver in its purest form is soft and delicate. In order to be used for jewelry, it is combined with metal alloys, such as copper, to increase its strength. When pure silver is mixed with less than 7.5% alloy, it is known as "sterling silver." Sterling silver is at least 92.5% pure silver and significantly more durable than regular silver.
So, what exactly is the difference between an engagement ring and a promise ring? Simply put, you give or get an engagement ring when you intend to be married, after a proposal has been enthusiastically accepted. The reasons for giving and getting promise rings vary, and often only the wearer and giver know what the promise is.
Promise rings are gaining popularity among couples who may not feel the need to put a label on their relationship or stick to a timetable. For them, a ring is a symbol for people who move in together and have no immediate plans for marriage, but are clearly in a committed relationship. If an engagement ring comes along in the future, the promise ring often moves over to the opposite hand.
Can promise rings symbolize other commitments
Promise rings can be exchanged between friends, pledging friendship forever. Promise rings may also be given by a parent to a child as a way of saying "I'll love you forever." Promise rings may also be known as purity rings, and represent a pledge of abstinence. They can be worn as a promise of anything, like a commitment to faith, to a goal, or a pledge to break a bad habit.
What do promise rings look like?
Promise rings typically are smaller and subtler than engagement rings, and may or may not be worn on the traditional wedding band finger. Diamonds are popular, but in smaller sizes or clusters, or with gemstones - usually, the focus is not on the diamond, but on the overall design.
Whatever the reason you want to give or get a promise ring, it's a beautiful, tangible symbol of love and commitment.