You‘re getting ready to tie the knot? Congratulations! We certainly want to wish you the best for the next big step in your relationship. You will no doubt be running around in the coming months preparing for pre-wedding activities and the big day itself. There are lots and lots of things to decide. We would like to offer our help.
Obviously, we can’t help with everything, but we can help you check a major thing off your list: the wedding ring. More specifically, How to Choose the Right Metal for Your Wedding Ring. After all, selecting the metal base for your band is really the first necessary step in the process.
There are several reliable wedding band metals to pick from. But remember, this is a piece of jewelry that will be with you forever. An important symbol of your bond. So, here are a few things to think about:
It should be durable.
It should fit your budget.
It should match your personal style.
Basically, it should be a perfect fit for you, just like your future life partner.
Whether you are shopping for yourself, shopping for your spouse-to-be, or purchasing your bands together, we hope this article will help guide you. Here are a few key facts about some of the most popular wedding band metals for both women and men.
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Platinum is probably the most premium of metals for wedding bands. Its shimmering white appearance has a contemporary look and provides a nice contrast when diamonds or other sparkling gems are showcased on the band.
Platinum is the metal to consider if you want to spare no costs. It is a very precious metal, so it has a higher value associated, but its elegant gleam lasts long and will not fade over time. Platinum is also naturally hypoallergenic.
Sterling silver boasts a similar sheen as platinum but comes with a much more reasonable price tag. Because of its affordability, there are many sterling silver wedding rings, for both women and men, giving you plenty of options when it comes to style.
If budget is a concern, silver is a great cost-cutting way to go. If you keep your silver wedding bands cleaned and polished on a regular basis, they can last a lifetime, even though it is considered one of the softer metals.
Gold has a very distinctive shimmer. It’s almost as if this eye-catching metal was created specifically for wedding bands. So, historically speaking, it is probably the “standard” choice. It has certainly outlasted jewelry trends past or present. But if you choose a gold band, there are a few other questions to answer.
24K gold is essentially pure gold, meaning that 24 out of 24 parts are gold. But this is often too soft of a metal to use for wedding bands. It is way more practical to use 22K, 18K or 14K gold. In the realm of gold bands, there are 3 main options: yellow gold, white gold and rose gold.
Yellow Gold – for a more traditional look
White Gold – for a more contemporary look
Rose Gold – for an antique look
Tungsten rings have become popular only in the last few decades. Because it is a darker metal, tungsten boasts an ultra-contemporary look. It’s sleek, handsome and a great choice, especially for men’s wedding rings.
Besides having an attractive finish, tungsten is extremely durable and is not prone to tarnishing like other metals are.
Thanks for taking a moment to read our blog on choosing wedding ring metals. We hope you’ve found it beneficial, especially as you begin to plan for one of the most significant days of your life. Every little bit helps! Best of luck to you and your new bride or groom, and may your “ever after” be a happy one.How to Choose the Right Metal for Your Wedding Ring by The Bradford Exchange