Wedding rings are available in several types of metal and gemstones. This article mentions some of the different types you can buy.

Gold

Gold is one of the most popular of the precious metals for wedding rings. The purest form of gold is called 24 carat (24k) gold. Because it is so soft it is normally alloyed with other metals to increase its hardness sufficiently for making jewellery.The addition of another metal also changes its colour. Gold alloys which have lower carat numbers contain more of the added metal such as copper, palladium, or silver. Copper is the base metal which is most commonly used in the alloy, and this imparts to the gold alloy a reddish colour. Gold containing copper is known as rose gold. Blue gold can be made by combining the gold with iron. Purple gold can be made by alloying the gold with aluminum. Purple gold and blue gold is not very common however. Blue gold is more brittle and this can make it difficult to use during the process of making jewellery. Gold alloys which contain silver have a green-yellow colouration and are referred to as green gold. Combining gold with palladium or nickel gives white gold.

Platinum

Platinum is difficult to find since it is very rare and this means that it is very expensive. It is found just in a handful of places in the world, and is 30 times more rare than gold. Platinum has a high purity, and it has a white colour. It will not cause irritation to the skin unlike some other metals. Because of its white colouration, it will not reflect any colour into diamonds set into it. Other metals which are coloured can cast colour into the diamonds. Platinum is frequently 95% pure and will not fade or become tarnished. Its natural white colour will remain for many years. Since platinum is so pure, it is hypoallergenic and this means that it is suitable for wearing by people with sensitive skin. Platinum has very good pliability and this means that it can be made into a fine wire, enabling the making of highly intricate mesh accessories which could not be fashioned from other precious metals.

Band Style And Shape

In addition to different metals, wedding bands come in a large range of shapes, eg circular or flat, and also come in a choice of styles and finishes. It's a good idea to try several different combinations of style, shape and finish to see which combination is best for you.

Gemstones

Stones set into a wedding ring will probably account for the majority of the ring's cost. The size of the stone (or stones), the colour of the stones, their clarity and also their cut will also have an influence on the cost of the ring.

Source by Sarah Carter