Different Finishes for White Gold Engagement Rings
Posted: Sep 20, 2014
When choosing the band of your engagement ring, it is not only a matter of picking which metal, but also what finish. There are a number of different finishes that suit white gold engagement rings and that will truly emphasise and compliment your individual style and taste. While there are various finishes, the most common types are polished, satin, brushed and hammered.
One finish that always works well with white gold engagement rings is the polished finish that has a very shiny and reflective appearance, and is perhaps the most popular. This finish is the most distinct with the highest form of gloss, brilliance and lustre and is perfect for those who want their ring to be noticed. Such a finish allows for the most comfort friendly wear, as there is no friction between the glossy ring finish and fingers. The shiny finish also lessens the effects of normal wear and tear on a ring. For platinum and palladium, the polish is applied to the outer surface of the metal but white gold engagement rings typically receive a final rhodium plating once polished. One disadvantage of the polished finish ring is that scratches are easily noticed, but the scratches picked up over time that lead to a semi-polished look can be easily re-finished.
Satin finished rings are smooth to the touch like the polished finish rings but they diffuse light rather than reflect it, producing a more subdued appearance. This is the best choice for those who admire the smoothness of a polished finish ring but don’t want the shininess of that finish. However, don’t expect the pristine finish to last as this can mark relatively easily and will need to be re-finished to restore the texture. Other finishes for white gold engagement rings include the brushed finish, which is very similar to a satin finish in the sense that neither is shiny. The difference is that a brushed finish has a texture to it and appears to have tiny brush-like marks on the finish, hence the name. This is a very popular choice for men’s wedding bands because it is not shiny and scratches do not show up easily on the ring’s surface.
For a more unique style, the hammered finish has a dimpled texture that looks like a hammer was used to pound each dimple on the surface of the ring, adding a further dimension it. Also quite popular with men who are looking for something non-shiny and unique, this finish typically involves two finishes in one; first it is hammered, and then a satin finish is applied to the ring so that it will not be reflective.
All these finishes work beautifully on white gold engagement rings and as always it is important to choose the one that feels right for you and your partner.
Frederick Holm is staff writer for of the F&L Designer Guides, compiled and written to help consumers choose a unique engagement ring design. Whether you want white gold engagement rings a princess cut diamond or an engraved band, we have ideas and opinions covering all the options. Offering advice, tips and suggestions on how to choose that perfect ring, F&L will accompany you on every stage of your search to find the right designer.
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