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Make the right choice: The perfect metal or alloy for your ring

Our beautiful rings come in a superb range of 12 precious metals. The choice is yours but before you make your decision why not find out more about each of the metals? As well as considering the look of the metal, there are other characteristics, such as value, weight, toughness and how suitable they are for people with allergies, to think about.

All of our rings - including wedding rings, engagement rings and eternity rings - are available in a variety of precious metals, including 9ct, 14ct and 18ct white gold, 9ct, 14ct and 18ct yellow gold, 9ct, 14ct and 18ct rose gold, platinum, palladium 950 and titanium.

Find out more about the characteristics of our rings:

Value: The more precious or rare a metal the higher its cost and value will be. The more precious metals - and thus those with the highest value - are metals such as platinum. More common metals, such as gold and silver, are less valuable but even so they make a very affordable choice.

Toughness: The toughest and most hardwearing metal that we offer in our rings is titanium. This metal is also very lightweight and for these reasons it has become an increasingly popular choice for the modern person. Gold, especially 9ct gold, is a softer metal and can be more prone to scratching if you do not take good care of it. The higher the carat of the metal, in general, the tougher it will be.

Weight: The more dense a metal is, the heavier if will feel on your finger.

Hypoallergenic: Most purer metals, such as gold and platinum, should not cause a problem for people prone to allergies. The best choice for those with severe skin allergies is titanium.

Find out more about the metals in our rings:

Titanium: This metal has been found in rocks on the moon - hence its name as the "space age" metal. Titanium is lightweight and ideal for polishing to a high shine. Added to this, titanium is the perfect choice for people prone to allergies as it boasts superb hypoallergenic qualities. If you're looking for a ring that is modern, trendy or funky then titanium is a great choice.

Platinum: This is one of the most popular metals for wedding and engagement rings. Platinum is generally a stronger and heavier metal, which makes it very resistant to wear. Platinum also keeps its good looks and is sure to last for a lifetime. Platinum may be the pricier choice compared to gold but it will be guaranteed to look fantastic for the rest of your life.

Palladium: Increasingly popular as a choice of material for wedding and engagement rings is Palladium 950. Priced to compete with platinum and other precious metals, Palladium is a high quality metal alloy that offers a fabulous white-look finish. The added attraction is that Paladium 950 is hypoallergenic. And so that you can be assured it's the real thing, our Palladium rings are hallmarked with the official mark of the Assay Office in Birmingham or London. Palladium offers fantastic quality at a great price.

Yellow gold: This metal is a traditional choice for wedding rings. We sell 9ct, 14ct and 22ct gold rings. The look and resistant of yellow gold rings depends on the amount of gold in the ring. The higher the carat the higher the amount of gold in the ring.

White gold: Many people now choose white gold for their wedding or engagement rings. The alloy is produced using gold and a higher proportion of other metals, to produce a fantastic polish and shine. White metal looks great, especially when paired with diamonds or coloured stones. White gold is generally a cheaper option than platinum but still creates a dazzling finish.

Rose gold: You'll immediately notice the rose coloured tint to rose gold. This is the metal that the more romantic among us might choose. It's a great choice when matched with other metals for our multi-metal rings. Rose gold matched with white gold looks particularly stunning.

Metal against metal: You should be aware that if you have a wedding ring and engagement ring next to each other on a finger and they are made of different metals, the harder metal will wear the softer metal. We recommend that you match your ring metals to ensure that they keep their good looks for a lifetime. For example, an 18ct gold engagement ring is best matched to an 18ct gold wedding ring, while a platinum eternity ring is best chosen if it will be worn next to a platinum wedding ring.

If you have any further questions about the materials we use in our rings please do contact our friendly and professional staff on ourFREEPHONE number 0800 988 7983