Gold in its pure form is 24ct, however, in jewellery 18ct is widely used. 18ct Gold is 18 parts pure gold and 6 parts other metal alloys and is popular for diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Gold is naturally a yellow metal although white gold is fast becoming the metal of choice and can provide a similar look to platinum. White gold starts its life as yellow gold and is mixed with white metals such as palladium to give its white colour. White gold will never be fully white so in order for the crisp white appearance to be achieved a metal known as Rhodium is plated onto the surface. Over time this plating can wear causing a slightly yellowy appearance to become visible; this can be seen as a downside to white gold although the re-plating procedure can be repeated as and when necessary by a qualified jeweller.18ct white or yellow gold is also popular in bespoke diamond jewellery.
Purchasing a diamond engagement ring can be the time when you require the advice and assistance of an expert. At McSorley’s Wedding Ring Shop our aim is to make the purchase of your engagement ring both a knowledgeable and enjoyable experience. We ensure that every customer receives a diamond grading lesson in which we will to ensure that the decision you make is an informed one.
Please feel free to contact us or arrange an appointment to come and visit us at our wedding ring boutique in Leeds.
Our guide to choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring also provides advice and information on different stone shapes, precious metals and ring settings.