Many factors determine what wedding ring you purchase for your special day. The physical appearance of the ring, its quality and luster, and how it meshes with the bride’s style are all important. Wedding rings are traditionally made of the same metal as the engagement ring. A platinum engagement ring is followed by a platinum wedding band, and so forth. But there are no hard and fast rules for weddings or wedding rings today. The couple can choose from many possible ring combinations. Wedding bands come in a variety of base metals mixed with one or more alloys, or similar elements. The most popular metals for wedding rings are platinum, white gold, yellow gold. Platinum wedding bands, with their silvery white elegance and resilient nature, are considered the cream of the crop in bridal jewelry
Let’s look at the qualities of white gold and yellow gold wedding rings and see how they measure up against platinum wedding rings
White gold is a mixture of gold with palladium, zinc or copper. White gold rings are usually 14K or 18K, with the 18K rings consisting of a yellow gold/palladium combination. High-quality white gold is coated with Rhodium, an off-white metal similar to platinum. White gold rings can be dipped in Rhodium occasionally to regain their original shine, or they can be re-plated every 12 to 18 months.
Yellow gold is the most popular metal used in engagement rings and wedding rings. The higher the carat count, the more durable the metal. An 18K gold ring is more lustrous than a 14K gold ring.
Gold’s a pliable metal, and it’s mixed with copper, silver or other alloys since it’s too soft to be used in natural state. Yellow gold doesn’t rust, and it needs to be cleaned periodically to retain its luster. It is less expensive than platinum, but is lighter, less durable and lacks platinum’s pure luster.
Platinum is an alternative to gold for people who desire a more color-coordinated and luxurious look to match with their diamond ring. It is also a good choice for people with sensitive skin, as the metal’s hypo-allergenic nature is safe for people who can’t wear gold jewelry. Platinum is a hard, durable metal with a matte finish. Its natural silver-white color complements a diamond’s colorless brilliance, and as the years pass it usually develops a patina, or dull white finish, that further enhances the diamond.
Platinum wedding rings may be as much as 95% pure. This long-wearing, pure white metal is brighter than white gold and much heavier. It costs two to four times as much as a gold wedding ring, but for many couples, platinum is well worth the extra cost due to its strength, beauty and damage-resistant qualities.
Check the inscription on the inside of a platinum wedding ring to determine its purity. Metals with a 900 or 950 mark are considered high-grade platinum. A ring with a 900 mark is made of 90% platinum and 10% palladium or iridium. A 950 mark indicates that the ring is 95% platinum and 5% palladium, iridium, cobalt, tungsten or copper. Alloys with a lower concentration of platinum aren’t as brilliant or durable.
You may think that you don’t have the budget for platinum, but Dara’s Diamonds has several platinum wedding rings at reasonable prices. You can combine our promotional rebates for even greater saving. Our base price for many diamond rings is low, and the additional cost for platinum much less than you’d expect. Our round cut, three-diamond ring is 67% off retail price, which makes it easier for many people to afford the additional charge for platinum. Check our website for codes for our annual sale giving you $50 off rings over $500, and $100 off rings over $1000. Dara’s offers you sparkling, premium diamond rings at affordable prices without sacrificing quality. Contact us for more details on the platinum wedding rings we offer and how you can take advantage of our promotional offers by calling us at 1-888-764-DARA.