August 5, 2015
Wedding Ring Metals
Are you looking for a wedding band but struggling with which metal to choose? Our simple guide to wedding ring metals is here to help you with your decision.
Gold is one of the most popular metals used in jewellery making, especially wedding bands due to its long-lasting beauty and versatility.
Gold in its natural state is very soft; therefore it must be mixed (alloyed) with other metals to make it harder wearing. These different qualities of gold are measured in carats (ct) and the higher the carat the more gold in the mixture. Within our collection, you will see the most popular carats, 9ct, 14ct and 18ct, the colours will also vary in these rings depending on the alloy and amount of gold used.
White gold is made by mixing yellow gold with a combination of paler coloured metals and then coated (plated) in another white metal called Rhodium to give it a bright white finish. This coating will wear off over time leaving a slightly dull grey or yellow finish o the jewellery, but do not worry, this happens with every piece of white gold jewellery, all you need to do is bring the ring into us and we will re-plate the ring and restore it to its original high-polished brilliance.
Rose gold is yellow gold alloyed with copper to create a pink or red tone. Currently, this style is right on-trend for most couples on the hunt for a contemporary style. Like gold, if the rose gold is solid and not plated it will not tarnish or corrode, but instead keep its beautiful shine.
Platinum is notably more expensive than other precious metals, this is due to the rarity of it. It’s properties outshine others for being much heavier and harder wearing, making it ideal for special pieces of jewellery such as engagement and wedding rings.
The iconic icy white colouring of platinum will not tarnish over time and makes for a brilliant background for diamonds, allowing them to sparkle marvellously.
Palladium is new to the jewellery market as of 2010, once it was identified as a precious metal and not too unlike its sister metal, platinum.
Palladium benefits from platinum’s same icy white appearance and will not need to be rhodium plated, unlike white gold. The reason why this precious metal is more affordable then platinum is because it is not as rare and can be easily mined.
Silver is also a white metal but not as expensive as gold, platinum or palladium because it is less rare. This makes it the perfect choice for fashion and costume jewellery brought for an affordable price.