Although I’ve been married for two years now, my husband and I still haven’t got our wedding bands. Recently, I’ve been looking into what metals would best suit us as I feel it’s finally time for us to invest in a pair. I thought my research would make for a great post in case you’re also looking for a wedding ring.
These are some of the most commonly used metals for wedding rings:
Platinum is the most popular choice for wedding and engagement rings due to its hardness, rarity and naturally white sheen that will never fade or change colour. Most platinum rings are 95% pure, making them heavy, strong and naturally hypo-allergenic.
Platinum rings are expensive because of their rarity, but in my opinion they are completely worth it, because they require less maintenance than other rings. Moreover, South Africa is the major producer of platinum and is probably the biggest reason why we personally want platinum wedding bands (my husband is a very proud South African). Platinum wedding rings at The Beautiful Company are some of the most beautiful and reasonably priced platinum rings I’ve seen.
Palladium is another white metal that belongs to the platinum family. Fun fact: the ring was named after asteroid Pallas which in turn was named after Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of justice and wisdom. The two chief suppliers of palladium are South Africa and Russia. Palladium is a good choice because it does not have to be re-plated and it does not tarnish. It’s more affordable than platinum, but is still fairly rare and beautiful.
White gold wedding rings use a pure gold that is usually mixed with other white metals like silver and palladium that create a stunning shine and polish. Typically, white gold makes for a stunning backdrop for diamonds, and they are usually plated with rhodium for a brilliant lustre. Rhodium is also hypo-allergenic, and it works to protect the white gold. White gold is corrosion and impact resistant, and has a substantial feel on the finger. However, white gold bands tend to wear with age, so re-plating will be needed to restore the ring’s whiteness.
This is the most traditional option for wedding rings. Yellow gold is a mixture of pure gold, silver, and copper. The yellow colour typically improves with age and never needs to be re-plated. This type of ring is best for people with warm skin tones.
Rose gold is a very beautiful gold as it tends to add a touch of whimsical romance to jewellery. Similarly to yellow gold, it’s best for people with warm skin tones. It’s made by mixing gold and copper which gives it the rose hue. If you’re looking for a traditional yet distinguished ring, rose gold is the way to go.
Silver is another popular choice for wedding bands and engagement rings. The reason why it’s so popular is because silver goes well with every skin tone, outshines gold and matches well with both casual and formal attire. Personally, silver is my favourite metal for any type of jewellery and it’s the most affordable. However, silver is one of the most high maintenance metals as it does scratch and tarnish easier than other metals and it easily becomes very dull looking.
Titanium is very durable and incredibly strong in comparison to other metals. It is is distinguished by its darker colour and lighter weight. Another amazing attribute of titanium is that it’s hypo-allergenic, which makes it ideal for those who have jewellery sensitivities.
Zirconium is very similar to titanium in both weight and strength. It is a white/grey lustrous metal that offers the same type of hypoallergenic qualities as titanium. Moreover, once this metal is heat treated, it tends to form a black silky oxide coating that is highly scratch resistant.
Tungsten is another incredibly strong, hypoallergenic, and scratch-resistant metal. This metal never tarnishes and is a great deal heavier compared to the other metals. However, with the hardness comes brittleness. Thus, once the ring is dropped or severely knocked on a hard surface, it can potentially fracture the ring.
Steel is great for people on a tight budget. Stainless steel rings are fairly strong and durable, making them great for wedding rings. Steel is also scratch resistant and hypo-allergenic.
Ceramic rings are also very budget friendly and durable. The rings are made from titanium carbide, or more commonly known as high-tech ceramic. One of the ceramics best features is its shine, because once it’s polished it has a smooth, glossy finish.
These are the most common metals used to make wedding and engagement rings. Hopefully this post has given you some clarity on which metal to go for.
What metal jewellery you normally go for?
*This post is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer.