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Types of Metal Rings

Precious and non-precious metals are valued for their rarity, beauty, and demand. Such metals possess unique characteristics and specifications. No wonder there are many types of metal rings that suit everyone’s taste.

In this article, we will describe the features of each type of metal that rings can be made of and their unique details, including metal ring costs. Let’s dive in!

Types of Metal Rings

As jewelry experts, we know that choosing the perfect metal ring can be difficult. That is why we have created this guide on metal rings to help you find the metal that suits you best.

Rings made of precious metals

Gold rings

Gold is one of the most common and desired metals in the world. Its timeless beauty and lasting value have made it a universal symbol of luxury and wealth. While gold is known for its golden-yellow color, it can also be found in white and pink shades.

Gold is commonly measured in karats. Karats show the pureness of the metal. The higher the karat number, the purer the gold. The most common gold karats are 24K (considered pure gold), 22K, 18K, and 14K.

A gold ring is a classic and timeless choice. The best is that gold is resistant to tarnish and corrosion, making golden rings long-lasting. Gold is also flexible, making it easy to shape into different designs.

When it comes to golden rings, they can be plain or with gemstones. Although they have different designs, golden rings can be worn on any occasion and for everyday use. To your advantage, we create casual jewelry that can easily elevate your style every time. Check out our golden rings and find your favorite one.

Remember that the price of gold fluctuates based on several factors. For example, market demand, economic conditions, and gold purity influence its price. The prices for our golden rings during this period range from $189 to $309.

 Gold RIngs
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Platinum rings

Platinum is a rare metal with a striking white-silver look. It is strong, and it has a brilliant shine. Like gold, it is considered a luxurious metal, and it’s resistant to corrosion and tarnishing. These features make platinum an ideal metal for making fine jewelry.

Platinum rings are elegant and long-lasting, and that is why they are popular for engagements and weddings.

Among its advantages, platinum rings are also hypoallergenic, which makes them an ideal choice for people with sensitive skin.

Platinum is a rare metal and the third highest metal by density from its group in the periodic system. It is 30 times rarer than gold and can be found only in a few locations in the world, including Russia and South Africa. This leads to platinum rings belonging in the more expensive range. 

Silver rings

If you are one of those people who prefer the silver ring over the golden and platinum option, you are lucky because silver rings are cheaper, versatile, and widely available. No wonder the best sellers of JewelryLab are sterling silver rings.

With silver, we can create many designs, from minimalist to intricate patterns. It’s super easy to shape and work with since it’s very ductile and malleable. Silver rings can also be decorated with gemstones or engraved with personal messages. 

Silver rings are a bit more prone to tarnishing and scratching compared to platinum. Because of this, it’s important to give them regular maintenance and cleaning. But you shouldn’t worry since silver is still a durable metal that can handle a lot of wear and tear. 

Silver is cheaper than gold and platinum due to its abundance. Our silver rings cost around $150.

Rings made of other types of metals

Stainless steel rings

This non-precious metal became popular for its modern look and natural silver color. Stainless steel is made out of a mixture of iron, chromium, and sometimes nickel, and it’s a hard and durable metal.

It is easy to work with and allows us to create engraving and other intricate designs. When melted, it’s very customizable and can be combined with other metals.

Since stainless steel is harder than gold, silver, and platinum, stainless steel rings can be resistant to deterioration. So they are resistant to tarnishing, corrosion, and scratching.

Stainless steel jewelry is affordable compared to precious metals like gold, platinum, and silver. Stainless steel rings are budget-friendly.

Stainless steel rings
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Titanium rings

Titanium is a lightweight alternative metal that has become very popular in the jewelry industry. Jewelry designers can effortlessly design titanium because it is a flexible metal that is easy to work with. 

It is resistant to corrosion, tarnish, and high heat. The qualities of being strong and lightweight make titanium have a superior strength-to-weight ratio. That is why this metal is a popular option for your rings, making them a great choice for everyday wear.

Titanium rings are an ideal option for people with sensitive skin (like those sensitive to nickel and copper) since this metal has hypoallergenic properties.

Compared to precious metals, titanium is fairly priced because it is an abundant metal.

Tungsten rings

Tungsten is a very hard metal, around four times harder than titanium and 10 times harder than 18K gold. This makes tungsten a non-precious metal with unique properties.

Tungsten has a gunmetal gray appearance and a bright, sparkly shine, providing a contemporary and masculine look. It is a heavy, dense metal, and among all other metals, it has the highest melting point.

Since tungsten is one of the hardest metals, tungsten rings are highly resistant to scratches and damage if used daily. That is why tungsten rings can maintain their shiny and polished look for a long time.

In general, tungsten rings are cheaper than rings made of precious metals.

Palladium rings

Palladium is a rare metal that belongs to the group of platinum metals. Palladium is approximately 15 times rarer than platinum and 30 times rarer than gold. 

Palladium, similar to platinum, has a natural white color, and it is shiny and lightweight. Palladium rings are often used as an alternative to platinum because if you put both palladium and platinum rings on a table, you will not be able to tell the difference.

Palladium is also a hypoallergenic metal that will not cause allergic reactions and irritations.

Palladium is durable and able to withstand daily wear and tear. Yet, since it is not as hard as platinum, it may develop scratches over time. Recently, palladium’s price has surged, and now it is more expensive than platinum.

Brass and copper rings

Brass and copper are metals that are common in the jewelry industry. Brass is mainly a combination of copper and zinc. It is ductile and malleable, like pure copper.

Brass and copper have a warm, reddish-brown shine. While brass has a slightly yellowish tone, copper has a deep reddish color. It is obvious that both metals offer a vintage and rustic look.

One of the unique features of brass and copper is their ability to develop a patina over time. Patina results from metal oxidation, creating a greenish or bluish tint. Some people like this natural patina, while others prefer to keep the metal polished.

Brass and copper rings are usually more affordable than precious metals. Their cost can vary depending on the complexity of the design and any additional details. Our brass and copper rings cost from $99 to $159.

Brass and copper rings
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Black zirconium rings

Black zirconium, a lightweight metal, is made through the heating and oxidizing process. That is where the dark, shiny color comes from. The color gives the ring an edgy look, which is very popular today. Black zirconium rings can have a matte or shiny finish.

This metal is durable and resistant to scratches and corrosion. It can withstand everyday wear without losing its color.

Black zirconium is also hypoallergenic, making it suitable for sensitive skin. It does not contain nickel, which is a common allergen.

Black zirconium rings are more affordable than precious metals but more expensive than alternative metals.


The description of the different types of metal rings makes it easier to find the right metal for you. So, gold, platinum, and silver are precious metals, often the first choice of our customers.

These precious metals have different characteristics and qualities. While gold is ideal for special occasions, platinum’s durability and brilliant look make it luxurious, while silver’s affordability is perfect for those who want to look elegant without breaking the bank.

Alternative metals, like stainless steel, titanium, tungsten, palladium, brass and copper, and black zirconium, are also practical, aesthetical, and affordable solutions. They are great for casual outfits and an excellent gift idea.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.