Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring Bands
Symbolizing eternal love and dedication, an engagement ring is a valued piece of jewelry for soon-to-be-married couples. However buying an engagement ring is no easy task, considering that both aesthetics along with budget must be taken into consideration. When it comes to choosing a band for your cubic zirconia engagement ring, there are essentially three precious metals that rule the roost: Platinum, gold and silver.
Platinum Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings
Platinum is extremely long-wearing, very white and heavier than gold. Because of its rarity and time-intensive mining process it is much more expensive than gold and for this reason is seen as a prestige choice of the rich and famous.
On a separate note, platinum is a good choice for people with sensitive skin as it has high hypoallergenic properties and does not cause skin rashes that some people have to gold alloys.
Because of its high expense, platinum cubic zirconia engagement rings are not widely seen. The dichotomy of a superbly expensive band with a budget stone does not add up for many people. Rather, many people prefer to spend more on a beautiful CZ stone and cut and opt for a white gold band instead.
White gold is any gold alloy that imparts a whiteish coloration to the metal. This is usually done by means of adding metals such as platinum, palladium, silver or tin amongst others.
White gold has become a favorite choice in cubic zirconia engagement bands as it complements nearly all gem colors and settings and is more affordable than platinum.
Yellow gold is classic and pleasing to the eye. A 24k gold band is the purest form of gold with a very good luster, and feels soft against the skin.
However, gold in its purest form is soft and prone to scratching. 14k or 18k alloys which correspond to purities of 58.3% and 75% respectively are more often used as they are harder and longer lasting.
Silver Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings
Silver is the most affordable of the three classic precious metals and makes for an attractive and budget choice of cubic zirconia engagement rings.