When planning the perfect wedding, you’re faced with a lot of choices. Which venue? What song to have as your first dance? Which distant family members to invite? And, of course, what wedding ring to go for? Compared to everything else, choosing your ring might not seem like a big decision at the time, but it’s worth giving a good bit of thought to. After all, you’ll be wearing it for a long time; it needs to look good and withstand life on your finger. Here, we have got the lowdown on the different types of metal to help you with the decision making.
If you want to keep things traditional and practical, then yellow gold is the one for you. It’s one of the most common wedding ring metals as its colour is so versatile with different designs and gemstones. The exact colour and hardness of yellow gold will depend on the carat that you choose. Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is 18 carat gold and originally belonged to Princess Diana.
White gold is both fashionable and popular, as well as being more affordable than the likes of platinum. If you want diamonds in your wedding or engagement ring, then white gold is a great choice, as they look so good against it. Just bear in mind that the rhodium that it’s washed with may need to be re-plated over time to keep its colour.
Ever increasing in popularity, the fashion-forward among you might want to consider a stunning rose gold ring. Mixed with copper to give it its warm hue, it’s a contemporary metal choice, but will look great if you’re already the owner of a rose gold watch. Or perhaps you need one of those as a wedding gift…
Sterling silver is less commonly used for wedding rings, but that’s not to say it can’t be. It’s the most affordable metal on our list, so it’s ideal if you have a smaller budget to cover the cost of your big day. We can’t all have celebrity budgets for engagement rings now, can we? Silver can be crafted into some beautiful designs, but has to be mixed with other metals in order to increase its strength and durability.
Platinum is one of the most popular choices when it comes to wedding and engagement rings and it’s easy to see why. Not only does it look good alongside diamonds with its naturally white colouring, but it’s also one of the toughest metals, meaning it’ll stand the test of time. It doesn’t discolour either. Diamonds Factory has a huge range of platinum wedding bands for you to choose from.
If you’re looking for a wedding ring that is both stylish and affordable, then you might want to consider choosing titanium as your metal. It’s grey in colour and is particularly popular with grooms. If you’re sporty, swim a lot or use your hands for work, titanium is highly durable and resistant to corrosion.
Palladium is strong and hard-wearing but lightweight too, and its bright white finish makes it a popular choice for wedding and engagement rings. It’s part of the platinum family, is low maintenance and it doesn’t tarnish either. It’s worth noting, too, that if you have particularly sensitive skin, palladium is actually hypoallergenic.