Choosing the Right Metal for an Engagement Ring

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques.

It’s important to think beyond the stone whether you are purchasing vintage engagement rings or custom pieces. The metal that is used in the ring is just as important as the gemstone. People will instantly notice the band of the engagement ring and whether it is a natural match for the beauty of the stone. The metal band of an engagement ring is often the difference between whether a ring looks simply “good” or is stunning.

The right metal for your engagement ring often comes down to the style of the ring itself. For example, Art Deco rings are a natural match for platinum for a variety of reasons. The sleek and shiny look of platinum is a natural fit for the bold geometric diamond cuts found in Art Deco designs. In addition, jewellers in the Art Deco era often used platinum, which was a relatively new metal that could hold gems strongly without being heavy.

Gold is one of the most popular metals used in engagement rings and there are many different types of gold to choose from. You can find gold bands in a variety of colors ranging from white to rose or green. If the engagement ring features colorful gems, choosing a colored gold can help to enhance its beauty.

There can also be medical reasons for selecting a certain metal. For example, platinum is a hypoallergenic metal that will not cause rashes or other skin issues. This makes it a great choice for people with sensitive skin or other medical conditions.


Cynthia Findlay Antiques is one of the leading providers of vintage and custom jewellery in Toronto. Their large collection of items includes estate jewellery from all of the major fashion periods.

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