Gold or Silver – Which Metal is Best for Engagement Rings

When it comes to engagement rings, most people go with gold or silver. But it’s not the only choice you have. You can go with combinations of both metal and gemstone. Mostly in movies and commercials, a bride is shown wearing a silver or platinum ring with a huge diamond. Don’t be fooled by it, as most manufacturers earn more profit from a silver ring with a diamond.

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The choice of metal is your own personal choice. You can go with any metal that you like. There is no hard and fast rule that an engagement ring should be gold or silver with a 3-carat diamond. First, decide on which metal suits your skin and lifestyle.

Decide Which Metal Suits Your Lifestyle

When choosing a metal, you must keep in mind your lifestyle and your skin type. For example, white gold is a beautiful and durable metal. But its colour wears over time. Especially if you deal with chemicals, heavy lotions, and creams, your white gold ring may lose its colour over time.

Similarly, some people have sensitive skin that is prone to allergies. People with sensitive skin must try to remove metals that they are sensitive to from their list of metals. Or at least try to remove that metal alloy from mixtures of white or rose gold metals. It can be done easily as many websites make custom engagement rings.

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Platinum is a great choice for active wearers as it is long-lasting. It is also a great choice for people with sensitive skin due to its hypoallergenic nature.


Gold has been used in jewellery since ancient times. It is a great treasure to have in your possession. Gold has always been trendy regardless of which period we are talking about. Gold comes in different types like rose gold and white gold.

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Gold in pure form can’t is used in jewellery as it is so soft that it leaves an impression if you press on it strongly. Gold is mostly used in 18K purity levels which have a 75% purity level. 19K gold is also used with a purity level of gold 37.5%. Further gold jewellery doesn’t need to be plated with any other metal, so you can wear it for a long time without the need to polish it.


  • The colouring of gold stays for a long time without the hassle of getting it polished.
  • Gold is a classic choice as it goes with any diamond or gemstone of any colour and with every design of an engagement ring.
  • Despite the high price, 14K or 18K gold reduces the overall cost of the engagement ring as it involves alloys in it.



  • Not as durable as platinum, and it may become thin when worn for a long time.
  • Gold is not suitable for people with sensitive skin as it is not hypoallergenic.
  • Gold of high karat is too soft.



Silver has also being used in jewellery for centuries. In ancient times it was considered more expensive than gold. Like gold, silver in its pure form cannot be used in jewellery and needs to be mixed with copper and other metals to make it strong to last.

Though silver looks too pretty not to be used in engagement rings, it is mostly used in fashion jewellery. Silver is softer than gold and platinum. That’s why it is not suitable for engagement rings as they are worn for a long time. And silver rings are prone to dents and scratches.


  • It’s a great option for people with a tight budget as it is less expensive than gold.
  • Easily available in every jeweller’s shop.
  • Great designs as it is mostly used by fashion designers.



  • Silver is used as a mixture of copper, and other metals, so it tarnishes when worn for a long time.
  • Engagement rings are worn in daily life. The silver ring may be scratched or dented within a week as it is too soft.



When choosing the metal for your engagement ring, silver and gold are not the only two options you have. Explore the market and choose the metal that suits your skin and lifestyle. Take your time when deciding on the engagement ring as you are going to wear it daily.