Some of the most common metals used for wedding bands are gold, titanium, platinum and silver. Choosing metal for your wedding bands can be difficult especially if you have no idea about the different characteristics of each metal, the advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a summary for each of these metals.
Gold is the most popular choice of wedding bands. When choosing a both ladies of men’s wedding bands there are two things you will need to consider – which gold carat to choose, what gold color or color combinations you would like.
The differences in the color of gold depend on the metals which are used in the alloy mix. Yellow gold is usually made of pure gold mixed with copper or zinc. White gold is usually an alloy of gold and several white metals such as silver and palladium. For each gold color, the same carat contains the same proportion of pure gold.
Gold carats used for wedding bands are usually 9kt, 14kt, and 18kt. The higher the proportion of gold in the final metal, the more valuable and expensive it will be. This is true for both yellow and white gold ring but white gold is generally more expensive than yellow gold.
When deciding which carat types to choose, the things you should consider include: the metal performance with everyday wear, the differences in color between the 9kt, 24kt and 18kt gold and the difference in the price of gold carats. In practical terms, 18kt wedding bands hold up to wear and tear better than the other carats.
Titanium is a natural element which is silver-greyish-white in color. It is the hardest natural metal and is three times stronger than steel and yet it is lightweight. Pure titanium is 100% hypoallergenic and is safe for everyday wear since it will not react to the skin. Before deciding to buy titanium, you need to know that this cannot be soldered and cannot be resized.
Platinum is a white metal and is usually used in its pure form. It is extremely long wearing and very white so it does not need rhodium plating like white gold. Platinum rings are however, significantly more expensive than gold.
Sterling silver is white-grey in color and is generally less expensive than all the other metals used in wedding bands. It is softer than gold, platinum, and titanium and is not recommended for wedding bands. Aside from that, it is also prone to oxidation and can sometimes turn to black.