Rings today are offered in a variety of metals. From your traditional precious metals like gold, silver and platinum to the more modern materials now offered such as Tungsten, Titanium and Cobalt to name a few.
With your more traditional metals Platinum is generally the purest metal, while Gold and Silver are both mixed with other metals. When they are mixed this allows them greater strength and durability for use in jewelry.
When your traditional metals are mixed, or alloyed as it is called, a certain percentage remains of the original base metal. When Sterling Silver is mixed its makeup is 92.5%, Silver, and is why you will find .925 discreetly stamped in the ring. Gold in its purest form is 24K, but is too soft at this level and is easily damaged. A 14K gold ring will be composed of 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metal allowing it to be a much more durable choice for rings.
Modern materials like Tungsten are becoming much more popular choices for rings by men as they offer even greater durability and affordability. Materials such as Tungsten, Titanium and Cobalt are generally pure without alloys and are hypoallergenic too.
Regardless of your choice of ring material, always take the proper steps to ensure the beauty and longevity of your ring. Speak with our friendly and informative staff at Harry K, they will be more than happy to help you with the best methods when it comes to taking care of your ring!