After choosing a good diamond for your ring, the next crucial thing you should consider is your wedding ring metal.
Read down below what their advantages and disadvantages are:
If you want something that is resistant to tarnishing, then the best option for you is gold. It is also known as the traditional wedding ring. In its pure form, gold is too soft to be worn as jewellery. It would not withstand the everyday stresses that it is exposed to. That is why it is often mixed with other metals such as copper, zinc, silver or cobalt to make a stronger alloy. What’s good about alloying gold with other metals is that the end result is often a different colour (ex. white and rose gold).
Nowadays, in bridal fairs, a good number of couples inquire after platinum as the base of their wedding bands. It’s a strong metal used for military weaponry so you can guess how tough it must be. Jewelrywise.com says platinum is ‘30 times more rare than gold (which means it’s more expensive) and 40% heavier than 14K gold — and it doesn’t tarnish or oxidize.’ Because platinum is rare, resizing and repairs have to be done by the platinum source, which means there will be added export cost and a longer time allotment for after-sales services.
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While it is also a precious metal, It is also more affordable than gold or platinum. It tarnishes over time so a wedding band made of silver has to be retouched over and over again. And the surface scratches easily, which means one has to be extremely careful when handling their rings.
It is a strong metal and it’s downside is it is not easily adjustable. If you set tungsten at a particular ring size, more likely, that will be its size for the long haul. It is less valuable but is hypoallergenic.
a lightweight metal more suitable for men who are not a fan of rings. It is hypoallergenic but like tungsten, cannot be resized.
For wedding bands, gold is still the top choice for its investment value and after-sales serviceability.
You may opt for yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold and they are most commonly available in 14k.
(By Xaris Hope Tamayo)