What Metal Should You Choose for Your Wedding Ring?

March 19, 2014 / Jewellery Buying Guide, Wedding Rings

Being unsure of what metal you should choose for your wedding ring is an understandable dilemma. There is a lot to consider when selecting your wedding ring, so feeling overwhelmed is completely normal. 
What is your budget? 
Budget is the first thing you should consider. When choosing an engagement or wedding ring the most important thing is to take some time to work out a realistic budget. It is very easy to be influenced by things you have read or heard from friends and family. You may find yourself allowing these factors to determine your budget. It is also easy to get excited by all the beautiful diamonds and fabulous designs and catch yourself justifying the extra two, three or ten thousand dollars. If you set your budget and stick to it, in turn the whole experience will be a much more enjoyable one.  By having a set budget it may instantly help you decide on the appropriate metal. There can be a big difference between the price of gold and platinum for example and even a noticeable difference between gold alloys of different carat grades.
What metal is your engagement ring?
The metal of your engagement ring might instantly determine the metal of your wedding ring. If your engagement ring is made from platinum, it is advised that your wedding ring should be made from platinum as well. Platinum, when worn with gold, can leave marks and dents, making the gold wear faster. If your engagement ring is made from white gold, it is perfectly fine to choose a contrasting coloured metal. A popular choice is 18ct white gold with 18ct rose gold.
Is platinum the superior choice to gold?
Choosing between platinum and white gold is a personal choice. Platinum is considered superior as it is used in almost pure form, 95% compared to the 75% purity of 18ct white gold. Platinum is extremely hardwearing. When a scratch is created in platinum the metal is pushed to another spot on the surface but not removed. When a scratch on gold occurs the metal that was scratched is removed from the surface. Platinum is also very white in colour, so does not require the regular upkeep of rhodium plating to maintain its white appearance. On the other hand, in favour of gold, platinum can scratch more easily so will require regular maintenance.  
Which is better 9ct or 18ct gold?
Once again choosing between 9ct and 18ct is a completely personal choice, possibly influenced by your budget. 9ct is a cheaper option than 18ct. The difference between the two metals is the percentage of pure gold used to create the alloy. 9ct gold has 37.5% pure gold compared to 18ct, which has 75%. Some feel that 9ct gold is more resistant to everyday knocks as it is harder due to the higher content of alloyed metal. If this is your reason for selecting 9ct, then it is important to note that the difference in hardness is minimal.
I have sensitive skin, what metal is best suited to me?
If you have extremely sensitive skin the best choice for you is a higher carat gold, platinum or titanium, which is 100% hypoallergenic. 
What are the pros and cons of Titanium?
 Aside from being an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin, titanium is also a lightweight metal with extreme hardness. It is the hardest natural metal on earth.  There are a few downsides to titanium, however the main concern is that titanium cannot be soldered and therefore can never be resized.  It is also a metal that a lot of jewellers do not work with, so your choices can be limited to manufactured designs.
When selecting your wedding rings, do not hesitate to ask your jeweller to advise you on what metal is best for you and your budget. Whatever the final choice, you will be able to create a beautiful piece to keep forever. 

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