If you were not already aware, when it comes to choosing the metal for your wedding rings you have a lot of choices available. You can see some trends in the metals used in engagement rings on various blogs online, which will give you an idea of what is available. With so many different metals on offer it is sometimes hard to make a decision, but if you know the properties of each metal, it should help to make things easier.
One of the most popular metals that are used for jewellery is gold, and the purity is varied. The purer the gold is, then the softer it is which will leave it prone to getting damaged. If you are looking to buy a ring made from yellow gold, then you may wish to consider either 9 or 14 carat gold, which is much harder than 24 carat gold. If you are unsure about the different purities then speak to a reputable jeweller such as Simon West. Simon West Fine Jewellery offers a one-on-one personalised consultation available to all customers making it easier for them to choose the best rings for their wedding.
choice for many couple is 18 carat White Gold, which is an alloy made from gold and other precious metals such as nickel or palladium. The metals added to the gold change the colour, as well as making it more durable and resistant to scratching.
People often realize, whenever they’re selecting the appropriate bands, that the best bands are often made from platinum as it is strong as well as being full of lustre. An added benefit of this metal is that as it is used purely with no other base metals, so it is hypoallergenic. One thing to bear in mind with platinum is that it is much heavier than gold, with a platinum ring being about 1.4 times heavier than an 18-carat platinum ring. If you are looking to add something shiny and heavy to your finger, then this could be the choice for you!
Palladium is also a favourite metal to choose for wedding bands, and has much the same properties as platinum, but with a slightly different colour and also a little cheaper. Palladium is an excellent alternative to gold and will look in top condition for many years to come with only a little cleaning and polishing.
Titanium is another metal which has started to become increasingly popular for jewellery and just as platinum, it is very hard wearing and durable. As titanium is the 9th most common metal found in the earth’s crust, it is much cheaper than platinum. You do not get as much of a striking effect with this metal, but for the cost of it, you do get something that is going to remain in good condition for a long time to come.
Whatever metal you decide to choose for your wedding rings, make sure that you pick a practical metal that matches yours, and your partner’s, lifestyle. With some shopping around, you will find the perfect rings within your budget and start your marriage off with a symbol of your eternal love for each other.