When choosing diamond engagement rings, one of the first choices is the type of metal for the band. Colour, hardness and appearance are all important aspects to consider.
Gold has been used in jewellery for around 5000 years. Ancient Egyptians favoured the luxury, workability and rarity of gold, and these are the same reasons we love it now.
Gold is incredibly adaptable and easy to craft. When it’s extracted from the earth, it’s relatively soft - only about 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. In comparison, a diamond is a 10 on the scale.
Gold purity and carat ratings