Metal Options for Weddings Bands

Selecting the right metal for your wedding band is an important decision. The difference between each metal is ample. Learn the facts about the different types of wedding band metals and make an educated decision on which wedding ring materials are right for you.

Gold

As one of the finest metals on earth, gold is a symbol of power, wealth and royalty.  Karat is a measure of gold's purity. 24 karats is pure gold and has the brightest color, but is too soft to be used for jewelry. Anything less than 24 karats means that other metals have been added to strengthen the gold. 18 karat gold is a popular choice because it offers a good balance of strength and gold color.  It is more expensive because it contains a higher percentage of pure gold, 75%.  14 karat is a respectable choice offering a less expensive option with more durability, although it may not be as bright as 18 or 24K.  14K gold contains 58.3% pure gold.  Because 14K has a larger percentage of alloys than 18K, the 14K ring is thus slightly ‘harder’ and more scratch resistant than the 18K ring

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is the traditional "marriage metal" used for wedding bands and is believed to best reflect the warmth and love of a marriage. The rich color of yellow gold complements darker skin tones and those with a yellow undertone.  

White Gold

White gold wedding rings are a very popular and elegant option.  All white gold rings sold at EWB are plated with Rhodium, a brilliant and strong white metal that offers the same white color as Platinum.  

Platinum

Platinum is one of the strongest and most enduring metals in the world, offering diamonds superior protection.  Platinum offers a pure white color that greatly compliments diamonds and enhances their brilliance.  Platinum is hypo-allergenic and more resistant to wear and tear than other popular metals.  Many view Platinum as the ideal metal for jewelry worn on a daily basis because of its color, strength and durability. 

Gold vs. Platinum

White gold is originally yellow (pure), and alloys are added to change the color, while Platinum is naturally pure white.  Platinum is far more durable than gold and more resistant to wear and tear.  Because of these appealing characteristics it is also more expensive.  Other advantages to owning a platinum wedding band are its strength and purity - it will not easily chip or splinter. It is hypoallergenic and holds gems securely in the wedding band. 

 

For more information visit our Education pages on Gold and Platinum.


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