Learn About Ring Metals

We offer a variety of ring metals for your customized engagement ring or wedding bands. See what metals you can use to create your one-of-a-kind ring and learn the benefits of each.

Platinum

Platinum is one of the strongest metals used in jewellery. Its white sheen is a favorable characteristic desired by many. Although platinum is extremely durable, it is not known for its ability to hold a polish. Over time, platinum is distinguished by a pewter-like appearance.

All our platinum pieces are 95% pure mixed with a composition of 5% iridium or palladium. Platinum is noticeably heavier than gold. With regards to price, a platinum ring will typically go for 2 to 2.5 times more than the same ring made in gold. Platinum is hypoallergenic because the metal purity is so high. For people who experience allergic reactions when wearing gold jewellery (this results from a reaction to the alloys mixed with the gold, not the actual gold itself), platinum is a practical alternative.

Gold

Gold is truly a precious metal. It won’t tarnish, rust or corrode over time. However, pure gold (listed as 24 karat gold) is too soft to be used in jewellery. Therefore gold is mixed with other alloys such as silver or copper to ensure strength.

Karat Explained
‘Karat’ is a term used to express the purity of the gold in a product. Pure gold is 24 karats, which mean 24 parts out of 24 are gold. 18 karat gold means 18 parts of 24 are gold while the rest is an alloy and so forth. The common mixtures used in jewelry in North America are 10 karat, 14 karat and 18 karat gold. 20 karat or 22 karat gold is more common in other parts of the world such as India. In Britain, 9 karat gold is common although rarely found elsewhere.

Colours of Gold

Gold in its pure and natural state is yellow. When gold is mixed with an alloy however, this can alter the colour of the finished gold piece.

White gold typically is a result of an alloy of gold mixed with white metals such as silver and nickel. Rose or pink gold results when gold is mixed with a large amount of copper.

With regards to white gold, it should be noted that true white gold always has a slight yellowish tint because of its gold content and is not truly white as in the case with platinum or palladium. White gold jewellery is therefore plated with a precious white metal known as rhodium to ensure a bright white appearance. Over time this rhodium plating will wear away. When this occurs, it is recommended that the piece be re-plated to restore the original white appearance. We provide free rhodium-plating on all our engagement rings for the first 5 years.

In terms of pricing, the purity of the gold or karat is the determining factor. Colour has no effect on the price.

Palladium

Palladium is a relatively new metal to arrive on the jewellery scene. It has some similarities to platinum in that it is very white, therefore not requiring rhodium plating, and is hypoallergenic. This is all available at a cost that is similar to that of white gold. It is also lighter in weight relative to platinum which may appeal to some as well. Talk to one of our consultants to find out if palladium is a good choice for your ring.

Tungsten Carbide

Tungsten carbide represents the strongest modern metal available today for use in rings. It’s virtually indestructible which allows it to hold its polish indefinitely. You will not find a more durable ring than those made of tungsten carbide. Tungsten is over 10 times stronger than 18k White gold and nearly 4 times stronger than titanium. Polishing tungsten carbide is only achieved using diamonds! All our tungsten carbide rings come with a lifetime guarantee against scratching.

Titanium

Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal. It is silver-greyish in colour and very lightweight. As well, titanium is hypoallergenic. For those that have an active lifestyle and are sensitive to weight on their fingers, titanium can be an ideal alternative to other traditional jewellery metals. Its relatively inexpensive cost is another feature that increases its appeal for many.

Cobalt

Cobalt has a natural silvery white colour, which makes this metal a striking choice for men’s rings and wedding bands. It has the look and feel of white gold at a fraction of the cost.

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I would like you to know that I have been extremely happy with Engage

Doug D. The Maritimes

I chose Engage based on a comparison with other websites and testimonials that I read. My first contact was by email, and right away I was impressed by Evelyn Ng who responded quickly, was courteous and very knowledgeable. We spoke by phone a number of times, and met in person for a fairly lengthy consultation. She paid close attention to the specifications I was looking for, and offered good advice without any pressure. I felt that I could take as much time as I wanted. It was a smooth and almost effortless experience, and the end result was a beautiful engagement ring that impressed my girlfriend almost more than it did me. And Evelyn made sure that the ring was delivered to me on short notice, although that required work on her part. All in all, I am very satisfied with my experience with Engage.

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My fiancée is over-the-top happy with the ring.

John C. Markham, ON

I would like you to know that I have been extremely happy with Engage and, in particular, with Evelyn Ng. I went to the studio with an idea for a ring. Bubbly and enthusiastic Evelyn showed me samples of what I requested but I realized I didn’t want to go that route after all. Evelyn was very careful to understand what I wanted to accomplish and got me onto path #2. That was almost right but then she suggested one other route. That was it!!! Exactly what I was after. I thought we are almost finished, just select a diamond and we are done. Little did I know that there was so much to consider when selecting the diamond. After a complete education, Evelyn was terrific in getting me to choose the right mix of the 4 C’s which resulted in an affordable and exquisite diamond. She worked hard to get me into the very best solution within my price point. I am very grateful to her.

I then told Evelyn that I planned on getting engaged at the Markham theatre in the middle of a concert (I had a friend in the band). Evelyn was so excited at this and “insisted” that I send her pictures. She was truly happy for me. Although my now fiancé was totally taken by surprise and somewhat dazed on stage, she has now seen the video over and over again.

As you can tell, the whole experience with Evelyn has been amazing. She became my confident (only one other person knew I was going to propose) and she was my special “secret sauce” that allowed me to get exactly the right ring. My fiancée is over-the-top happy with the ring. I think she likes me too.

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Felt absolutely zero pressure to purchase anything

Alex K. Toronto, ON

The service at Engage Diamond Studio was excellent, much better than at other places I visited. I was treated with respect. Felt absolutely zero pressure to purchase anything. This was the best shopping experience for an engagement ring. The salespeople were very knowledgeable and informative. I’m a perfectionist, so I came into Engage Diamond Studio with many demands. I chose to get a custom made engagement ring because I wanted the ring to be as unique as the diamond, and now I cannot stop staring at the ring! Everyone raves about how beautiful the ring is and tells my fiancée that they’ve never seen a ring that beautiful. The service was 100% discreet and my girlfriend (now fiancée) had no idea I was planning to propose.

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The best part was that the entire purchasing process was enjoyable

Jeff L. Waterloo, ON

When I first began looking for an engagement ring, I shopped online looking at the big franchise jewellery stores for rings that were within my budget.

Unfortunately, I was constantly disappointed, because none of the online stores carried any interesting designs to my liking. I wanted it to be a special ring so that I could propose to my special someone. Who wouldn’t want that?

Then I decided to search for custom-designed rings, just for fun. I anticipated that anything that is “custom-designed” must be really expensive. That was how I came across Engage Diamond Studio’s website.
Unlike other jewellery websites that kept focusing on promoting their expensive products, Engage Diamonds Studio focused a lot on educating people about diamonds (cut, clarity, carat, colour, and etc.) and ring materials.

These were very interesting information, so I just kept on reading and reading and reading. To my surprise, it mentioned how it was actually LESS expensive to have rings custom-made. I decided to pay the store a visit after reading for quite awhile. It doesn’t hurt to just look around, right?

When I first entered the studio, I was greeted by Evelyn with a warm smile. I liked that, because in my experience most salesperson in the jewellery stores at the mall would just ignore me (probably because I looked like I had no money). I didn’t feel pressured or anything while I was at Engage Diamonds, and it was great.

It took some time, but I finally decided on a ring style that I really liked.

The only problem was: it was still well above my budget.
Well… no sweat. Evelyn suggested many alternatives to the ring design that brought down the price, yet still made the ring elegant and special. Evelyn also helped me to pick out the perfect diamond for the ring. It was extremely interesting and helpful to learn everything about diamonds and ring materials from Evelyn, and it made me feel that every dollar was well-spent on what I was getting. Also, when we made some changes to the ring design, I had a hard time visualizing it in my brain, but Evelyn reassured me that it would turn out gorgeous.
I trusted her, and it was a wise decision to do so.

Evelyn was very accommodating as well. I don’t actually live in Toronto, and I had to drive 1.5 hour each time I want to visit the store. I remember that my ring was ready for pick up just 1 day before the proposal day, and my work didn’t end until 5:30pm. I told Evelyn that I wasn’t sure if I could make it to the Studio before closing time due to weather and traffic, and to my surprise, Evelyn was willing to wait for me even after closing hours. I have to mention this because it was a very wonderful thing that she did for me. Much appreciated!

So in the end, I was able to find the ring that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I was able to put a lot of my visions into the ring design, so it’s not just another ring that could be bought anywhere else. My fiancé certainly loved it. The best part was that the entire purchasing process was enjoyable, and I felt that every step of the way I had a competent and thoughtful professional to help me through.
This made a whole world of difference.

Ilham & Enan

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