Wedding Ring Metal

So you’ve booked the venue, chosen the colour scheme and now you just need to choose the rings?

That may sound simple and you may already have an idea of the type of ring you’d like, but there are so many things to consider when you’re choosing your rings that its easy to find the choice overwhelming. 

This series of articles will take you through the practical and aesthetic things you may like to consider when you’re choosing your rings and the questions you should ask your jeweller before you buy.

The wedding ring series of articles

Metals used in wedding rings.

The metal used in your wedding ring not only affects the look of the ring but also how hardwearing it is – think about how thin your grandmothers wedding ring has worn and you can see that rings worn everyday will wear away gradually. If your job involves manual work but you want to wear your ring all the time then look for a hard wearing metal.

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Platinum Wedding Ring

The most expensive metal used in wedding rings and currently very fashionable, it’s favoured by celebrities and popular for men’s rings. Platinum is generally 95% pure (called Platinum 950) which makes it very hard wearing and relatively heavy.

Palladium Wedding Ring

A white metal with similar characteristics to Platinum, Palladium is considerably cheaper but still provides a high ‘whiteness’ and hard wearing qualities to a ring, making it an excellent choice for you if you like the look of platinum rings but don’t have the budget for them.

The Palladium content of White Gold makes it harder wearing than Yellow Gold and of course as a white metal it is currently en vogue for wedding rings.

Silver Wedding Ring

Rarely used for wedding rings as it has a tendency to tarnish and is not especially resilient. Most Silver lovers now choose White Gold, Palladium or Platinum wedding rings. However, it is possible to buy Silver rings – look for ‘tarnish free’ Silver or it will quickly blacken on your finger.

Gold Wedding Ring

Gold comes in a vareity of forms and values, depending on the amount of pure Gold and the other metals mixed in.

18 Carat and 9 Carat Gold

Carat is the measure of Gold content - 24 carat Gold is pure gold which is unsuitable for rings as it isn’t durable enough. To create a metal suitable for everyday use other metals are mixed into it to create an alloy – most usually to create 9, 18 or 22 carat Gold. The metal chosen to mix with the gold effects the colour and physical properties of the Gold.

Yellow Gold Wedding Ring

The ‘original’ gold, and many still feel the best, yellow gold is normally an alloy including silver, copper and zinc, to strengthen the metal and enhance the yellow sheen. It is favoured by traditionalists, by people preferring the golden colour with their skin tone, and for its contrast with precious stones and other metals, which allows the creation of attractive patterned and two tone rings.

White Gold Wedding Ring

Cheaper than Platinum, White Gold is actually created by mixing traditional Yellow Gold with Palladium (a metal similar to Platinum) to produce the white colour. It’s available in both 9 and 18 carat and is often also plated with Rhodium, a rare and very expensive metal, to produce an even whiter finish.

Rose Gold Wedding Ring

Growing in popularity, especially amongst people looking for a romantic or traditional style ring, or for those who wear yellow gold and would like a ‘special’ metal for their wedding ring without the dramatic change that the white metals bring, Rose Gold is a compound of Yellow Gold containing a high proportion of copper to create that rich glow.

wedding ring metalBi Colour or Two Colour Wedding Ring

Combining two differently coloured metals can create a unique ring, using different visual contrasts to give a stiking look without the need for complex engraving or inset stones.


Once you’ve chosen the metal to form the basis of your wedding ring you need to consider the more subtle, but equally important, elements of the ring design.

In our next article (with Newsletter Edtion 13) we’ll look at the Profile, Width and Depth of rings and how they effect the comfort and practicality of your most important jewellery purchase.