Your choice of metal for a wedding ring or engagement band involves balancing personal style, practical considerations and cost. If you need more help after considering the guide below, contact us to talk to a professional.
Gold is the classic option for a wedding ring. It has been used for wedding rings by the cream of society for generations, and in recent decades has become affordable to the masses. The most desirable precious metal in the world, gold is timeless, classic and beautiful. On a practical level, gold doesn’t react with sensitive skin, so it’s great for allergy sufferers.
White gold is a very popular option for wearers of silver-coloured jewellery. Most men choose white gold for their wedding ring. White gold is plated with rhodium to keep your piece looking as bright and fresh as the day it was purchased (see additional notes on rhodium plating).
Rhodium is bright, highly reflective, extremely hard and virtually tarnish proof. It's common practice to rhodium plate all white gold (and some platinum) jewellery.
We can rhodium plate pieces purchased from Angela Daniel Jewellery and other white gold jewellery you might have. It costs $75 per ring and takes approximately 10 days to complete.
How long your rhodium plating will last depends on the wearer. Some people don't require additional plating for many years. It helps if you take off your jewellery before engaging in sport, or manual activities such as gardening or washing dishes.
Platinum is giving gold a run for its money when it comes to popular choices for wedding rings. It is incredibly tough – a lot more durable than gold, and more scratch resistant. It is also a lot rarer than other precious metals, and therefore more expensive.
Palladium is a member of the platinum group of metals. These metals are also referred to as 'noble metals' due to their superior ability to withstand corrosion and oxidation. Palladium, a naturally white metal, is lighter in weight than platinum. It's extremely durable, won't tarnish, and remains white forever. Palladium is pure when used in jewellery – no alloy metals and/or plating is required.
Titanium is stronger than gold and platinum, but it tends to scratch easier. It’s considerably cheaper than gold, which makes it a fantastic choice if you’re on a budget.
Titanium’s biggest advantage – its strength – is also its biggest disadvantage. If you injure your finger a titanium ring can be difficult to remove, so it’s not recommended for people who work in high risk environments, such as those who work with machinery.