When you are choosing a wedding band, focus first on its metal. If you wish it shoud be white, you will choose between platinum, white gold and silver. Read our review about metals used in wedding jewelry and it will help you to make a right choice.
Gold Wedding Bands
Classic wedding ring in yellow gold is not more the only choice. Gold wedding bands are available in many beautiful hues: yellow, rose, champagne, white and even green.
The valuse of gold wedding bands depends on its content in the metall alloy. So the purest gold is measered in 24 karat and means that gold content is 100%. Jewelrs use not pure gold since its too soft but in alloys with other metals such as silver, zinc, copper etc. These metals make gold harder and your wedding band will be more durable. So 20K gold wedding bands are better than pure 24K.
White gold wedding bands are the contemporary styled rings in gold plated with rhodium. White gold is an allow of yellow gold zinc, nickel and copper, which resists scratches.
Rose gold wedding bands look more romantic and is very trendy. The pink hue is born from alloy of yellow gold and copper.
Yellow gold wedding bands are classic rings that come to us from ancient times when gold was a symbol of wealth and power. Nowadays champagne gold is more preferable, since its pale hue look more classy and noble.
Platinum Wedding Bands
Platinum is the hardest, durable and expensive metal. One of the special characteristics of this metal is its high hypoallergenicity. Platinum is heavily processed and polished, but it fixes the gemstones very strong. So jewelers often use it in wedding rings.
Silver Wedding Bands
Silver is too soft, so silver wedding bands can be scratched and bent with time. To increase their durability and shine silver wedding bands are often plated with rhodium.
Silver wedding rings require a special care in order not to loose its natural brilliance. So they are not the best choice for long time wearing.
Besides platinum and gold there are some alternative metals less expensive like cobalt, tungsten, titanium, stainless steel.