How to Design Your Own Engagement Ring

Precious Metals

So, what about the band? Silver and gold are traditional choices. Of course, silver is less expensive, but most modern couples tend to go with gold -- white gold or platinum if they're looking for a high-quality, silver-colored band. Titanium has become popular for men's wedding bands, and due to the ever-increasing price of gold, many women are now wearing (or at least considering) engagement bands made from this sturdy metal. Sales clerks hoping for a higher commission off a platinum ring might tell you that titanium can't be cut, so if your finger swells or your ring gets stuck on something, it's your precious digit that'll have to be cut off. Actually, a pair of bolt cutters or any standard jewel saw will slice through titanium. If you like the look of this metal, go for it with no reservations.