If you’re approaching your big day, you’ve probably got a seemingly endless to-do list. Somewhere on that list will be to purchase your wedding bands.
And we’ve got some great news: If you’ve already decided on a gold wedding band for your special day, that’s going to go a long way in helping you to narrow down your search. But there’s still a number of things you should consider, even when limited to this particular precious metal.
Traditionally, wedding bands came without too much additional adornment (although that’s no longer the case now). But the choice of metal, and fit, are still essential steps when shopping for wedding rings. In the case of a gold wedding ring, you should take a closer look at the varieties available to you.
Since pure gold is too soft to be viable for jewelery design, we need to mix it together with harder metals to make sure we end up with a piece fit to last generations. There are three options for gold wedding bands: rose gold, white gold, and yellow gold. While aesthetics are important, there are other important factors that differentiate these from each other. Let’s take a look at each one.
These different shades of gold are the result of the metals that are mixed into them. So in addition to colour, there are implications for cost. That’s because some of these additional materials are more expensive than others.
Rose gold usually contains a mixture of pure gold and copper. And since copper is less expensive than the materials used for the other shades of gold, this is generally an affordable option.
Durability is an important factor in a wedding ring, since these items are for daily wear and need to last. So what makes some shades of gold more durable than others? That too takes us back to the material make-up of each.
White gold is made from a mixture of pure gold and materials such as silver, palladium and nickel. Since these metals are naturally strong, this means that a white gold ring has the edge in durability over shades such as yellow gold.
But there’s another factor that affects the durability of your ring: karat-weight. Simply put, karat weight refers to the amount of pure gold that was used in the mix of metals contained in your ring. Since pure gold is soft, the more of it you have, the less durable your ring will be.
And finally, you’ll want to investigate if your preferred shade of gold is hypoallergenic. Due to the presence of materials such as nickel and copper in rose gold and white gold, these two shades might cause an allergic reaction.
If you know you respond poorly to these metals or just generally have sensitive skin, you might want to consider the most hypoallergenic of all the shades of gold: yellow gold.
So now that you’ve studied up on the differences between gold wedding bands, you can focus on the details that will make this special piece of jewelery even more representative of your personal sense of style.
Will you opt-in for added adornment? Or will you decide to match your wedding band with your partners? The choice is all yours!