When it comes to marriage, love isn’t the only thing you’ll have forever, and your partner’s not the only one you’ll have and hold into eternity. Your wedding ring’s also in it for the duration.
Hence selecting one can be so difficult! Especially when there are so many styles to choose from…
1. That Traditional Yellow Gold
Yellow gold is the traditional choice, and one people tend to associate with wedding jewellery. Many vintage or antique rings will have yellow bands, even if the stones are set in white metal.
The 9ct and 18ct versions of yellow gold are quite different in intensity, with the 18ct being a much stronger yellow. Older rings can fall somewhere between the two.
It’s for you if: You’re matching an antique ring, you like a traditional look, or you are a fan of strong colour. There is nothing quite like the ‘pop’ of 18ct yellow gold.
2. Stylish Rose Golds
Rose or red gold is hugely fashionable at the moment, but it’s been around for a long time. It has a higher copper content to give the red-pink tone.
Be careful if you have bought an engagement ring from outside the UK in rose gold, as the colour varies more than it does for other gold colours; because it’s more influenced by fashion, so the tone can vary.
9ct rose gold is softer in tone than 18ct, which can be quite yellow. But overall the warm colour of rose gold is very flattering and it’s a subtle option for both men and women.
It’s for you if: you would like to make a simple/traditional design look a bit more modern. Also if you are looking for a subtle colour, the warmer tone is closer to skin and it can be more flattering on some skintones than white or yellow gold. Just don’t be put off by the fact it’s in fashion now – if it suits you, go for it! I don’t think it will be going anywhere.
3. High Maintenance White Gold
White gold is normally sold in the UK and plated in rhodium, which is a bright white colour similar to sterling silver. It’s a tough outer skin which will help protect from minor scratches whilst it lasts, but it needs replacing regularly. It will also look truly awful if it gets any deep scratches in it though, so be wary.
Underneath, 9ct white gold is a soft, warm white. 18ct white gold is a deeper colour, more like platinum. Just be aware if your engagement ring is 9ct or 18ct, or when the plate wears off as you could end up with rings which are different colours.
Personally, I don’t offer rhodium plate as standard, as both alloys of white gold are suitable for everyday wear without it, and it’s a very high maintenance choice for a ring you will be wearing for life.
It’s for you if: You can make a manicure last 2 weeks, because the plated finish looks great when it is new, but it needs looking after. If you aren’t a fan of coloured metal make sure you pick the colour you like most underneath the plate, as the 9ct and 18ct are quite different, and then you won’t need to be constantly re-plating your rings.4. The Softer Sterling Silver
Silver is the softest of the precious metals and isn’t always recommended for wedding jewellery, so if you are a fan of silver it’s best to pick a design which isn’t too delicate.
As it’s softer, silver will also scratch and dent a little quicker than some other metals. This isn’t a problem if you like a slightly more aged look, which a lot of people do.
If silver isn’t worn it will tarnish and eventually turn black, but if you are wearing something every day this isn’t a problem – the silver will stay shiny and bright.
It’s for you if: You’re a fan of chunkier designs, and the soft, aged silver look.
Palladium is a newer metal in the jewellery market and is similar to platinum. Both are tough metals which are a darker colour and a good option if you want something tough – but that doesn’t mean they will stay absolutely perfect if not looked after. All precious metals will scratch with time.
It’s for you if: You want a really delicate design, as these metals will wear less than gold. It’s also a great choice if you want a practical white metal.