What is your biggest priority or concern when choosing a metal?
For those with allergies or sensitivities to certain metals, Platinum is your best hypoallergenic option. If you prefer gold or would like a yellow or rose colored metal, choose 18k Gold for its purity, or 14k Gold at the very least.
If you're on a tight budget, consider Silver or 10k Golds. These will be reliable and beautiful precious metals that stand the test of time. The only things to consider with these two would be that silver will require regular polishing, and 10k Gold may bother those with more sensitive skin.
The most valuable metals are 18k Gold and Platinum. These metals are costly and will hold their value over time. But don't forget, it's still the meaning that counts ;)
The only metal with color variations would be gold. Since gold is an alloy, we are able to create variations in the color that include a coppery rose, a silvery white, and of course, a bright yellow natural gold. Sterling Silver, Palladium, and Platinum only come in the silvery white color. There are subtle differences between them which you can see depicted below. White Gold and Palladium are slightly warm, whereas Platinum and Silver are cooler in tone.
If you work with your hands regularly and fear that you may more easily damage your ring, consider a lower karat Gold or Platinum to ensure more durability against wear and tear. Don't forget, if you do have an unfortunate incident with your band, we are always happy to repair or refinish the band for you!
If it is solid, then what is the difference between the karats?
When you hear reference to 'solid' gold, you are typically talking about a gold alloy. Alloys have other metals melted into the mixture to provide extra strength or add color. We use the term solid because it is indeed a single metal the whole way through as opposed to being "plated" or "filled". Gold plating just coats the exterior of a cheaper metal and can wear down and need to refinished over time. Solid golds are much preferred as they are low maintenance and long lasting.
The karats in solid gold refer to exactly how much pure gold is in the mixture. Think of the mixture as 24 parts, meaning pure gold is 24 karat gold. Pure gold is so soft that it is rare ever used in bands as it would wear much too quickly. The ideal karat is 18 karats as it is the perfect balance of strength and purity, however it is understandably more expensive than 10 and 14 karats.
If you are on a budget, 10 and 14 karat golds will certainly fill their roles with beautiful color and little to no maintenance. In fact, since they are slightly lower in purity, they are well suited for individuals who work with their hands and fear that they may damage their ring as they will be slightly harder and more durable than the 18 karat bands.
For those with sensitive skin, we recommend at least 14 karats or higher to ensure you will not have any reactions to the presence of small amounts of nickel or brass. If you are extremely sensitive to metals on the skin, you may be a better candidate for the hypoallergenic choice of Platinum.
Does the color change significantly between the karat levels?
Yes and no. If you put them side by side in a well lit room, you will be able to see subtle difference that as the karats get higher, the colors will get slightly brighter and warmer. However, when on their own, the difference is not clearly noticeable. Unless you are jeweler, the average eye could not look at two rings separately and be able to distinguish between the karats. This applies to all three colors of rose, yellow, and white.