14k White Gold Engagement Ring

If you are in the market for an engagement ring, there are so many decisions to make. One important choice is the precious metal you want for the band and setting. The most popular are platinum and gold. Platinum is heavy, durable and expensive. Popular with celebrities and those who can afford it, platinum is the best of the best. However this metal is not in everyone’s budget. Gold is far more affordable but still long lasting, durable and beautiful. For a platinum look, consider a 14k white gold engagement ring.

Gold is naturally yellow in color. However it can be turned a white shade by adding nickel or palladium. If the person for whom you are buying the engagement ring has sensitive skin, look for white gold that is nickel-free. This is more and more common these days as many people have nickel allergies. White gold looks stunning against a sparkling white diamond, and many people will automatically assume it is platinum unless told otherwise. The karat, in this case 14k, refers to the parts of pure gold and parts of other metal. 14 karat gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metal. The other metal makes the gold less expensive yet imparts durability and color. Pure gold is soft and more easily damaged.

When shopping for a 14k white gold engagement ring, the next step is to choose the diamond. There are 4 C’s that you should know about when diamond shopping. They are cut, carat, clarity and color. Cut refers to the shape and look of the diamond. Popular cuts include round, emerald, princess, brilliant, marquise and various others. This is a matter of preference, however certain cuts look better with certain settings and carat sizes. The carat is the weight of the diamond. This number can range dramatically, from as small as a half carat to many carats. An example of a very large carat weight would be the 30 carat diamond Elizabeth Taylor received from one of her husbands.

Clarity is also important. Clarity refers to the perfection of the stone. It is going to be very difficult and expensive to find a flawless diamond, however you can find diamonds with high quality ratings. Inclusions affect the clarity rating, and are imperfections in the stone such as cracks or even pieces of other gems like crystal that cloud the diamond. Jewelers check the clarity under 10x magnification before rating it. The final C is color, which is self explanatory. Most diamonds are white, however in the light they sparkle with flashes of other colors like blue, pink and green. You can find fine colored diamonds in shades like blue, pink and yellow to name just three. Colored diamonds are more rare and thus, more expensive than white diamonds.

The setting for your 14k white gold engagement ring makes a big difference in the look of the ring also. There are many types of settings, with the most traditional being the prong setting. In the prong setting, the ring is held in place by 4 to 6 precious metal prongs. While this setting is classic and beautiful, you may want to look at something different if the wearer is very active or works with their hands a lot to avoid chipping or loss of the stone. This is uncommon but can happen. The bezel setting surrounds the diamond by a precious metal border that is slightly elevated, protecting the stone. This setting also looks fantastic with antique style rings and multi-stone engagement rings.

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