When it comes to planning a wedding, there is so much to think about. But the one thing that will be with you from that day forward (other than your partner of course) is your wedding ring. It’s amazing how many people forget about the wedding rings and end up leaving them to the last minute.
However, as you’re going to be wearing them for the rest of your life, it is definitely worth putting some thought into your wedding rings.
A good place to start is deciding which metal is best for you, your lifestyle and your budget.
Yellow gold is probably the most traditional choice of metal for wedding rings with it’s rich and lustrous colour. Gold is measured using a carat system which indicates the gold content. Here at WRD, we offer 9, 14, 18 and 22ct yellow gold.
22ct is the purest, with a gold content of 91.6% and is therefore the highest in value. It is the most rich in colour but is also know to be the softest of the gold varieties and could therefore show signs of wear more quickly. 9ct has the lowest gold content of 37.5% with other metals making up the remaining 62.5%.
9ct is often favoured as the high proportion of other metals actually make it more hard-wearing and durable. 18ct yellow offers a happy medium between the pleasant colour and status of 22ct, and the durability of 9ct.
It was in the 1920’s that white gold became fashionable in jewellery and it remains the most popular precious metal within the UK today. The beautiful white colour is considered a fantastic back drop for diamonds and also offers a more affordable alternative to platinum.
Gold is naturally yellow and it is by alloying it with other metals such as palladium and silver, that a paler, white patina is created. The carat of the white gold will determine how yellow it appears. White gold is available in 9ct, 14ct and 18ct.
Traditionally, white gold jewellery is rhodium plated so as to give it the whitest possible finish as naturally it has a yellow hue. Not only does rhodium help to give white gold it’s beautiful colour, but it is also hypo-allergenic and will help to protect your ring from daily wear and tear.
White gold can require a little maintenance as over time the rhodium will wear off. Most people choose to have their wedding rings re-rhodium plated every year or so, so as to maintain the white sheen.
Rose gold is a great choice for anybody looking for a traditional or vintage touch. It’s beautiful, warm tone is created by alloying gold with copper. The purest form of rose gold available is 18ct which is 75% gold. We offer both 9ct and 18ct and as with yellow gold, the higher the gold content the more yellow in colour and the softer the metal. So if you fancy a slightly pink, more pale tone 9ct Rose Gold is for you.
Platinum is known for being the most valuable and prestigious of all the precious metals. It is so rare that it is said that if all the worlds reserves were poured into an Olympic size swimming pool, that it would only just cover your ankles! The platinum that we supply is 95% pure and is alloyed with ruthenium. It is hypo-allergenic and requires very little maintenance.
While, it is the hardest of all the precious metals it will still show signs of wear over time as with any metal. However, when platinum is scratched, the metal is displaced rather than removed and so the volume of metal remains the same. If you have the budget, platinum is certainly a fantastic choice for your wedding ring due to it’s hard-wearing qualities and it’s beautiful, naturally white finish.
Palladium is from the same metals group as platinum and therefore shares many of it’s properties. It has a very similar white sheen and is also resistant to corrosion and will not tarnish. Palladium is however, much less dense than platinum and so is a great choice for somebody that would like a lighter ring on their finger and may perhaps not have the budget for platinum.
Silver is the softest of the precious metals and is also known to tarnish. The tarnishing process completely depends on the acidity levels in the wearer’s skin and can happen quicker to some than others. Sometimes people like to have Silver rhodium plated so as to provide a protective layer and this is something that we can do free of charge upon request when ordering a silver ring.
Titanium is a relatively modern choice of metal for a wedding ring and is becoming more and more popular. It is incredibly light in weight and has a distinctive grey colour that is darker than white precious metals.
The metals resilient properties make it a very practical choice for a wedding ring and great for those with an active life style as it is incredibly difficult to bend or reshape. The hardness of the metal means that is does not tarnish and also makes it completely non-toxic and so is a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
When heated to a high temperature, the ring forms a thick black layer, making Black zirconium which is becoming increasingly popular as a modern, unique choice for wedding rings.
Whilst it is incredibly tough, and more scratch resistant than any other metal, it is also important to remember that with hardness comes brittleness. So whilst your tungsten carbide ring won’t bend out of shape, if you were to drop it or knock it against a hard surface, there is a chance that the ring could crack or shatter.
Tungsten is renowned for it’s glossy, lustrous finish, it’s heavy weight and it’s affordability.
Steel is another modern choice for a wedding ring and also known for being relatively hard-wearing. It is slightly lighter in colour than titanium and zirconium and is know for being anti-bacterial and so great for people with sensitive skin. Steel is also a relatively eco-friendly choice of metal for your wedding ring as it will typically be made up of 60% recycled product.
Wear & Tear
Something that is often misconstrued when being advised about which metal to go for is the different types of durability which can often lead to disappointment. When a metal is described as scratch-resistant and durable, this should not be confused with scratch-proof or infallible. It is important to be aware that which ever metal you choose to go for, eventually your ring will show signs of wear and tear in the weeks, months and years of use. However, with the proper care and maintenance, there is no reason why your wedding ring will not last you for the rest of your life.
So what ever you budget, taste and lifestyle, give your wedding rings some thought and be sure to think about which metal is right for you. If you need any help or advice, please feel free to email [email protected] or call 01273 696 515. You can also browse our website here. 🙂