An Overview Of The Most Popular Materials Used To Make Diamond Jewelry

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For a lot of people, becoming educated about jewelry before buying an engagement ring or any other type of precious jewelry is an important step. This is only natural and should be – there are just too many scams out there today so being sure about the authenticity of a particular piece of jewelry you wish to buy will certain help you avoid being scammed into paying thousands of dollars for jewelry that are not worth any money. When reading publications about jewelry, many people are faced with a common problem – most of these publications tend to describe how to determine which diamond is best for your money. The majority of these publications fail to attend to the material that is used in the setting of the jewelry. For this reason, we have decided to create a post that focuses on the most popular materials that are used for jewelry – and to describe the primary differences between these to help you make the right choice.

The Primary Materials Used To Make Diamond Jewelry

When a piece of jewelry is made, there is quite a large variety of metal types that a manufacturer can choose from for the setting of the jewelry. Once the setting of the jewelry has been made, the manufacturer will then place a particular type of gemstone into the setting to complete the jewelry piece. Too many people tend to place all of their focus on the gemstone fitted into the setting, while completely overlooking the fact that the metal type chosen also has a factor to play in the jewelry’s overall appearance and quality.

When opting for a piece of jewelry that is expensive and can be considered precious, such as those jewelry items fitted with a diamond, the following are the primary options provided when choosing a metal type to be used in the jewelry’s setting:

  • ringsWhite Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • Yellow Gold
  • Platinum

Out of these choices, both white gold and platinum often tend to be the recommended choices amongst the majority of people who are buying jewelry. Rose gold is still a relatively new color, but has also sparked a lot of interest. Yellow gold is the oldest color of these and often considered to be the traditional choice.

When it comes to choosing between the two most popular metal types, being white gold and platinum, a lot of people find that it is somewhat difficult to make a choice. These two materials tend to look very similar. The primary difference usually tends to be the price – a ring that is made from white gold often tend to cost a lot less than a ring that has been made from platinum. For this reason, a lot of people end up opting for the white gold option instead. There is, after all, nothing wrong with this particular choice.

One factor that should be considered by those who might be able to spend a little more on platinum is the fact that gold rates very low on the Mohs scale of hardness, while platinum has a relatively high rank. This means that platinum is a sturdier material than gold; thus leading to less damage and a more durable material to be worn on a daily basis.


While the diamond that is fitted into a piece of jewelry plays an essential part in determining how impressive the jewelry will be, it is important not to completely disregard the metal used in the jewelry’s setting. There are many different options to choose from, but when it comes to precious jewelry, the primary options usually include certain varieties of gold, as well as platinum. In this post, we described the differences between these primary options to help make the process of choosing between them easier.


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Kevin Lee is a former tech advisor who cut his teeth in Silicon Valley. He now spends his time sharing his passion for investing in diamonds and jewelry. You can reach Kevin for any comments by using the contact form on this site. Don't forget to sign up for his free "Investing 101 Guide" by clicking on the button at the top right of this website.