When it comes wedding rings, the type of metal you choose will be a major influence in style, function, and cost. This guide to ring metals will help you make the choice that’s right for you.

Platinum

Great Because…

It’s valuable – King Louis declared platinum the only metal fit for a king, need we say more?

It’s durable – platinum is resistant to tarnish and great for holding prong settings

It’s hypoallergenic – platinum is 90-95% pure and won’t irritate the skin

The Downside…

It’s expensive – it’s rare, making it more price sensitive

It’s malleable – platinum nicks and scratches easily; however, since no metal is lost – it can be buffed to look good as new.

Gold

Great Because…

It’s traditional – gold has withstood the test of time to be the most common wedding ring metal

It’s less expensive – gold is more abundant than platinum, making it more affordable

The Downside…

It’s not as pure – gold is always mixed with metal alloys (copper, silver, nickel) to make it stronger. The lower the karat, the higher the percentage of other metals.

It’s soft – making it susceptible to denting. The higher the karat, the more pure – and therefore softer – it is. If you’re highly active and not planning to purchase platinum, you may want to consider a lower karat gold.

It’s not as pure – gold is always mixed with metal alloys (copper, silver, nickel) to make it stronger. The lower the karat, the higher the percentage of other metals.

It can irritate skin – metal alloys can cause allergic reactions

Titanium

Great Because…

It’s hypoallergenic

It’s strong – three times stronger than steel

It’s inexpensive

The Downside…

It can’t be resized

Silver

Great Because…

It’s the least expensive precious metal

The Downside…

It’s extremely soft – even when combined with other metals, it shows wear over time

It can irritate skin – usually combined with nickel to make it stronger, silver can cause skin irritations.

Mix it Up

Freaking out because he likes yellow gold and you like platinum? Relax, there’s no rule that your bands have to match. What matters is that both of you have a ring you’ll enjoy wearing.

Source by Cori Russell