Ask The Experts – What Metal Is Right For You And Your Budget?

07/11/2013 | 1

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There are some things in the world of weddings that you just can’t beat getting expert advice on.

So we thought, what better than for us to bring the top wedding specialists to you? We’ll be asking the professionals for insider knowledge and to share their pearls of wisdom in all the need-to-know areas, to help you along your wedding planning journey.

 

Over the coming months, the experts at Wedding Rings Direct will be letting us in on their wonderful world of engagement and wedding rings.

Last month’s feature disclosed some sparkling tips about cut, colour, clarity and carat to help when choosing diamond’s.

We’ll pass you over to the experts for this month’s helpful hints about choosing the right metal for you and your budget…

 

Wedding Rings Direct:

Most people have heard of the different metals which are used to make engagement and wedding rings. However making a choice between them is a different story! This blog post discusses the different metal options for your rings and gives you the advantages and some of the drawbacks for each metal.

 

Platinum

Platinum is our most popular choice for engagement and wedding rings. It is the hardest metal available and is also the rarest, its natural white sheen will never fade or change colour. However it is important to remember that no metal is scratch proof, but the benefit of platinum is the metal is displaced if scratched rather than lost.

Platinum is naturally hypoallergenic and is the best choice if you have the budget for a gorgeous ring to last a lifetime. Due to its rarity platinum is the most expensive metal to use for engagement and wedding rings.

 

Palladium

Palladium is part of the platinum group of metals and is affordable in comparison to platinum; however it is worth noting it is definitely not as hard.  Palladium is becoming increasingly popular for its natural white colour which does not tarnish or require re-plating.

 

White gold

White gold is a popular choice for both engagement and wedding rings. Like platinum, white gold provides a lovely backdrop for diamonds. White gold rings are plated with rhodium to give its brilliant white shine. 9ct white gold rings are made up of 37.5% gold, 14ct are 58.5% gold and 18ct are 75% gold; the rest is made up of palladium and silver. 9ct is more hard-wearing than 18ct due to the lower percentage of gold in 9ct white gold. Although strong, rhodium wears away over time. Re-plating is a simple process that can be done to restore whiteness at any time.

 

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Yellow gold

Yellow gold is definitely a traditional choice for engagement and wedding rings. 9ct yellow gold rings are made up of 37.5% gold, 14ct are 58.5% gold, 18ct are 75% gold and 22ct are 91.6% gold. The rest is made up of copper, silver, cobalt and zinc. As with white gold the lower the percentage of gold the more hardwearing the ring will be. The colour of the ring is also affected by the carat, 9ct being light yellow and 22ct being a deeper yellow.

 

Rose gold

Rose gold is also known as pink gold or red gold; due to the recent trend in costume jewellery being a rose gold colour the popularity of this metal has increased. Rose gold is often used in rings which are designed with two metals, due to its warmth against other metals. Like white and yellow gold, depending on what carat you choose, the colour and hardness of the ring will differ. 9ct rose gold is a pinker hue, whereas 18ct rose has more of a red/orange colour.

 

Silver

Silver is one of the most inexpensive precious metals and has been around in jewellery making for years. However silver is a very soft metal which will scratch and tarnish more easily. Silver rings can be rhodium plated to stop the ring from tarnishing. As on white gold, rhodium wears away over time. Re-plating is a simple process that can be redone at any time.

 

Titanium

Titanium is not a precious metal but its increasing in popularity due to its strength and durability. Titanium is light weight and cheaper compared with precious metal rings, it is distinguished by its darker colour. Another attribute of titanium is that it is hypoallergenic, making it perfect for those with sensitivities to wearing jewellery.

 

Zirconium

Zirconium and black zirconium is another non-precious metal and is similar to titanium in strength and weight. When heat treated zirconium forms a deep silky black oxide coating that is scratch resistant, known as Black Zirconium.
Tungsten Carbide
Tungsten Carbide is strong, scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic. It is important to note, that with hardness comes brittleness, if dropped or knocked on a hard surface it can fracture.

 

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Thank you to our lovely friends over at Wedding Rings Direct for today’s helpful guide to choosing metals.

We are looking forward to next month’s expert advice which will be discussing the different styles of wedding rings and advising on profiles, widths and depths of rings!

 

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