Decide Between Gold and Platinum Inlays for Your Tungsten Ring
Most wedding bands come in gold or platinum (or palladium), which can both be brushed or polished. Brushed gold wedding bands or brushed platinum wedding bands provide a more muted, modern look, while polished precious metals offers a more classic look. The bride's engagement ring may dictate which metal you choose for your wedding bands. However, no selection rules apply, so feel free to mix and match different colors of gold or try a different metal entirely for your wedding bands. Be as creative or as traditional as you like.
Select gold wedding bands
Gold wedding bands, the traditional rings of choice for marrying men and women, come in several colors. You'll find yellow gold wedding bands, white gold wedding bands, and rose gold wedding bands on eBay. The warm look of yellow gold is an appealing choice for darker skin tones. Rings made of platinum or white gold can nicely complement fairer skin tones. Couples often choose white gold wedding bands as an alternative to platinum wedding bands because they look similar, but often cost less.
Gold in its purest form is very soft. To make pure gold more strong and durable, jewelry manufacturers mix gold with other metals, such as nickel, zinc, and copper. You can tell how much gold a piece of jewelry contains by looking at how many karats it has. As karat weight increases, price, color vibrancy, and purity also increase. However, durability decreases.
* 24K gold wedding bands: Pure 24-karat (24K) gold has a rich color, but can bend with daily wear.
* 18K gold wedding bands: 18-karat (18K) gold is 75-percent pure and offers more durability than 24K.
* 14K gold wedding bands: Couples often choose sturdy 14-karat (14K) gold wedding bands for their durability and lower cost.
Choose platinum wedding bands
Platinum wedding bands are definitely en vogue again, with an increasing number of brides and grooms opting for this highly durable and dense precious metal. Though more expensive than gold, platinum weighs 60 percent more than gold, making it more difficult to bend or break, and more resistant to damage. Platinum also typically retains its luster longer than gold. Platinum was the precious metal du jour in America in the early 1900s, so you’ll find a range of antique and estate wedding rings made of this particular metal.
For more information on precious metals, please read our Precious Metals Buying Guide.
Forever Metals: Last Updated: June 21, 2016