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Metals

We think that choosing the right metal for your engagement and wedding rings is very important. That being said, there are more choices today than ever before. Check out the explanations below to find out which metal might be right for you. Keep in mind that you and your partner can have different metals. Choosing a metal should be based on lifestyle, personal preference, and budget. Just keep in mind that these rings will be worn for at least a lifetime and maybe generations to come.

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Platinum

The king of all metals… Platinum! We consider it the most precious of metals because of its purity, rarity, and strength. What do you mean “pure”? Well, platinum naturally bright white and hypoallergenic, so it’s great for people with sensitive skin. When it comes to rarity, it’s thirty times as rare as gold. And strength? It’s non-corrosive, it has a density and a heft to it that makes platinum highly durable so it doesn’t wear over time (it actually just gets stronger!) This strength makes it the most secure setting for diamonds. Platinum does not expand or distort when exposed to heat, and it never tarnishes, oxidizes, or wears out. Rather, it ages beautifully by developing a lustrous patina. If it scratches, your jeweler can always polish your piece of jewelry without losing any metal. It is also denser and therefore 40% heavier than gold. Need we say more?

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Yellow Gold

Prized for its beauty and versatility, gold is the classic setting for most jewelry. Natural beauty and incredible malleability are the two main reasons. Gold in it’s purest form as it comes from the earth is bright yellow and very soft. To make the gold stronger and more durable, it is combined with other metal alloys which also yields several different colors. Classic yet fashionable, yellow gold achieves its warm patina from the red of copper and the green hue of silver. Yellow gold lost favor to white gold for a while, but has recently regained popularity. Yellow gold jewelry will never need to be plated to keep it’s color, it is yellow throughout. Gold can be melted, stretched, repaired, and made into a variety of different jewelry items over your lifetime.

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White Gold

One of our favorite metals to talk about is white gold. White gold is just yellow gold, mixed with white metals. Try to think of the metals as paint. If you mix yellow paint with white paint, you’ll never have totally white paint. Same goes for gold. If you mix yellow gold with other white metals, you’ll never have a bright white metal like platinum. We make it bright white by adding a plating of rhodium, an extremely rare and expensive metal that is a member of the platinum family. Because of it’s rarity, rhodium is used only in plating to make finished jewelry pieces a bright, shiny, long-lasting white color.

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Rose Gold

Just like white gold is made from mixing yellow gold and other white metals, rose gold is made from mixing yellow gold with copper. And just like yellow gold, rose gold is the same color throughout the whole ring. Depending on the ratio of gold to copper, the color of rose gold jewelry can range from orange-yellow to dusky pink to red-orange. This metal is very unique, romantic, and looks great on every skin tone. The warm tones of rose gold make it a perfect accent for men’s jewelry, too. The unexpected color gives a unique touch to classic watches, bracelets, necklaces and more.

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Cobalt

Cobalt is a naturally white metal and hypoallergenic, like platinum. It is also very tough and scratch-resistance, which is why it’s often used for men’s wedding bands. Anyone who needs their rings to take a beating may require wedding bands as tough as cobalt. Although, you won’t find cobalt in very many engagement rings or ladies’ wedding rings, but who’s to say she can’t have an “active lifestyles” ring for adventurous occasions? Beware that cobalt cannot be sized or stretched. A new ring in an updated size will need to be purchased.

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Titanium

Perfect for the active man who is not used to wearing a ring. Titanium is incredibly strong and lighter in weight than gold. Because it is a naturally occuring element, its lustrous gray color is pure and hypoallergenic.It is also very lightweight and comfortable to wear. Titanium is stronger than gold or platinum and is 3 times stronger than steel, so this is a ring that will last a lifetime. It comes in a couple different colors and can be textured. It won’t corrode and is highly resistant to dents and bending. It will scratch easily and can never be repaired or resized. Not recommended for sentimental personalities!

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Sterling Silver

Silver is one of the most abundant of all the precious metals and is commonly used for earrings, bracelets, watches, and rings. Like gold, pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry. It’s combined with other metals such as copper to boost its strength. Sterling silver must contain at least 92.5% pure silver, which is why it’s stamped as .925. Silver tarnishes, so store your sterling silver engagement ring in tarnish-preventive bags in a cool, dry place. Ask a Bremer Jewelry member for your free tarnish-free pouch and silver polishing cloth next time you are in!

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Other Metals

Other metals and jewelry materials may include tungsten, tungsten carbide, ceramic, stainless steel, and others. Bremer Jewelry is extremely selective about where our metals come from and what they are alloyed with. If you can’t find the style you’re looking for in the metal that you want, contact us and we will do our best to make your dream come true!