Choosing The Right Metal For Your Wedding Ring
Updated: Mar 25
Your wedding ring is the one piece of jewellery that is intended to be worn everyday and last a lifetime. This is why the purchase of your wedding rings is such a momentous occasion. So.... what is the right metal for your wedding ring?
You may have considered the design for your wedding rings - perhaps you're keen to have them plain, or patterned, or even with diamonds? but have you considered the metal for your wedding ring?
In this blog post we look at the most common metal types for wedding rings, to help you make an informed decision about the best metal for your wedding ring.
Yellow and White Gold Wedding Rings
The purity of gold is measured in karatage. A 24 karat gold ring signals 100% pure gold. Whilst popular in some parts of the world, 24 karat gold wedding rings are not so popular in the UK. This is because pure gold is very soft, so shows wear and tear and suffers damage easily. If you’re looking for strength and durability in your yellow or white gold wedding ring, we would recommend 18 karat gold. This is made up of 75% gold and 25% other metals to offer maximum durability.
9 karat white or yellow gold is also a great alloy, made up of 37.5% gold and 62.5% other metals, so a great option that's easier on the wallet but looks just as good on the finger.
The great things about white of yellow gold is that it doesn’t rust, corrode or tarnish. It also won’t lose its colour over time - although it is worth bearing in mind that white gold still retains a yellow tint, due to the gold content, and so is plated with rhodium to bring it up to a nice bright finish. This means it does require re-plating from time to time.
Regardless of karat or colour, gold is an absolute pleasure to work with too, so we can create intricate designs with your white or yellow gold wedding ring.
Palladium Wedding Rings
Due to the comfort, rarity and value of this metal it has become extremely popular as a wedding ring metal in the UK. Similar to platinum, palladium tends to be popular among men. It is less dense and lighter on the hand than platinum.
Palladium wedding rings are ideal for those with allergies as, like platinum, it's hypoallergenic. The white colour of palladium will not fade over time and re-plating will not be required on a palladium wedding ring either.
Platinum Wedding Rings
If you like the colour of white gold, then platinum is a good option. It’s a precious metal that is naturally white in colour. Platinum is extremely valuable as a metal and the cost is comparable to gold. Unlike a gold ring that is mixed with other alloys, platinum wedding rings are almost completely pure - a high-quality platinum wedding ring is 95% platinum.
Platinum wedding rings are very popular because the cool luster showcases the brilliance and sparkle of any diamonds in the wedding ring beautifully. Many engagement rings and wedding bands these days are made of platinum as it’s a very strong metal and completely tarnish resistant.
Want to discuss the right metal for your wedding rings? Give me a call, I’ll be happy to help.