Best Metal For Men’s Wedding Ring

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Gold vs PlatinumGold and platinum are the two most commonly used metals for engagement and wedding rings. Both metals are unique, yet similar in several ways. Let’s look at how gold and platinum compare in appearance, cost, durability, and comfort.Gold vs Platinum AppearanceThe main distinguishing physical characteristic between gold and platinum is color. While platinum is naturally white, gold is naturally yellow. If you want a yellow ring, then gold (also termed yellow gold) is the best option. However, if you want a white ring, you can opt for platinum or white gold.White gold rings are composed of gold, alloys, and a rhodium plating which gives it a white look that’s very similar to platinum. 14k white gold and 14k yellow gold have the same gold content and purity (58.5% gold), but the alloys in white gold (and the rhodium plating) make it appear white, while the alloys in yellow gold do not.While white gold looks very similar to platinum, over time the the rhodium plating in white gold will wear off and fade to a yellowish tinge. Once you re-polish and re-plate the white gold ring, it will look white again. Platinum, which is naturally white, will not fade to yellow. White gold turning yellow is a huge problem, and that’s why we decided to give all our ethical rings a lifetime warranty that covers re-polishing and re-plating, so this should not be a concern if you go with us. PlatinumWhite GoldYellow GoldGold vs Platinum CostWhile gold and platinum are similar in price per gram, platinum is more dense and so more of it is required to make a ring. Additionally, platinum rings are usually 95% pure platinum, while 14k gold is only 58.5% gold (18k gold is 75% gold). Therefore, platinum rings are more expensive.Gold vs Platinum DurabilityPlatinum is Stronger and More DurableThough both gold and platinum are strong and durable precious metals, platinum is the stronger and more durable of the two. For example, the prongs holding the center stone of a platinum engagement ring are less likely to break then those of a gold engagement ring.Platinum Scratches Easier than 14k GoldDespite being stronger and more durable, platinum is a softer metal than 14k gold. This means it will get scratched a little easier than 14k gold would. However, an important thing to note is when gold is scratched, the gold is lost and it looks like a scratch. When platinum is scratched, the platinum gets moved from one place on the ring to another, and it develops something called a patina finish (which looks like an antique or worn ring). A lot of people love and desire the patina finish.The good thing is that re-polishing your ring will help restore the ring to near its original look for both platinum and gold. All Do Amore Rings include free lifetime polishing so if you purchase your ring from us, don’t worry, you’re in great hands.Platinum is Truly WhiteAs mentioned above, platinum will always stay white but white gold needs to be re-polished and re-plated occasionally to avoid a yellow hue. This yellow hue usually appears several months to several years after polishings, depending on how much wear and tear the ring faces. Since all Do Amore rings come with free lifetime warranties that cover this, don’t worry if you’re getting the ring from us.When Choosing Between 14k and 18k, Pick 14kIf you decide to go with gold, make sure you pick 14k gold and not 18k gold. While 18k gold is more valuable, it is softer and will scratch easier than 14k gold will. 14k gold is cheaper, and more scratch resistant! Why wouldn’t you pick it?Gold vs Platinum ComfortBecause platinum is more dense than gold, platinum rings will be heavier than gold as well. Some prefer the heavier weight, but some find the lightness of gold rings to be more comfortable. It is really up to each individual person. One option for people seeking a comfortable ring it is to opt for one with a comfortable design, like this men’s fingerprint wedding band.One more benefit of platinum is that it is hypoallergenic. While gold rings do not create an allergy issue for most people, some can develop an allergic reaction from the nickel alloy used in gold rings.Palladium as an alternative to Gold and PlatinumFor those wanting the price of a gold ring, with some of the characteristics of platinum, palladium may be a great alternative to consider. Palladium is naturally white in color, like platinum, but is less costly than platinum and closer in price to 14k gold rings. It is also known to be hypoallergenic like platinum. We are able to manufacturer all of our rings in palladium.I’m having my Ring Engraved, should I choose Gold, Palladium or Platinum?Another common question we get is what metal choice to pick if getting a ring engraved. The answer is, it doesn’t matter! Gold, palladium, and platinum can all be engraved without any issue. We engrave all of our rings for free so make sure you think of something good, and if you need help, here is a list of the best ring engraving ideas.Final Thoughts and Summary on Gold vs PlatinumIf you still can’t decide between gold and platinum, don’t worry. If you have the budget, go for platinum. If you don’t, then gold (or palladium) is still a very precious metals and is an excellent choice. At the end of the day, all rings require some minimal upkeep and maintenance so make sure you purchase your rings from a company that has a lifetime warranty and will re-polish, clean, and re-plate your rings for free for life, like we do. If you have any questions on your rings metal choice, please don’t hesitate to contact me and ask your question. My name is Krish and you’re welcome to call and ask for me personally. I’d love to help answer any questions you have about gold vs platinum!Blog CategoriesClean WaterMen's RingsOur RingsThe CompanyThe Engagement RingThe Wedding PlannerUncategorized Search: To The Blog Share This Post Pinterest Facebook Twitter EmailShop Rings in this Story Seren Classic Comfort-fit Wedding Band
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Weight Scratch Resistance Color Variety Re-sizable Titanium Light Low Gray No Black Ceramic Medium Extremely High Black No Cobalt Chrome Medium Medium White No Gold Medium Low Yellow, White, Rose Yes P4 Medium High White Yes Stainless Steel Medium Low White No Serinium Medium High White No Silver Heavy Low Silver Yes Tungsten Heavy Extremely High White, Classic, Gray, Black No Platinum Heavy Medium Silver/White Yes Palladium Light High White Yes TitaniumTitanium is an increasingly popular choice for wedding jewelry. Although it has a lower resistance to scratching, its light weight and strength make it comfortable and very easy to wear. It’s also nickel free, making it hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. Titanium is also the metal of choice for the aerospace and sporting industries. Shop Titanium > Top of Page Black CeramicBlack Ceramic is a modern alternative to the traditional, gold wedding band and is among the hardest materials known to man. Only a few things in the world, including diamonds, can scratch this beautiful piece of jewelry – thus enabling an exquisite and permanently polished piece. Known for its glossy appearance that does not fade over time, Black Ceramic is comparable to Tungsten Carbide in its ability to resist showing signs of wear. Like tungsten, Black ceramic is not sizable and may break if struck with high impact against a hard surface. Shop Black Ceramic > Top of Page Cobalt ChromeThese rings are not plated—they are made up entirely of a beautiful, bright white color that will last forever. The metal is as white as platinum, hypoallergenic, unbreakable, and scratch resistant. The bands are heavier than titanium but slightly lighter than tungsten, and rounded on the inside making them comfortable to wear. The metal has been used in medical applications for years. Unlike some metal types, Cobalt Chrome can be sized slightly without adding or removing metal. Top of Page Rose GoldRose Gold (also referred to as Pink Gold or Red Gold) has a stylish spin on traditional yellow gold with its bright color that ranges from rose, red to pink. Rose Gold contains a mixture of Gold and Copper alloy which are commonly used in jewelry. Even though it has interchangeable names, there are differences between red, rose and pink Gold which is the amount of Copper alloy added; the more Copper, the redder the color. Like its Yellow Gold counterpart, Rose Gold has a lower scratch resistance and because of its bright color has become a popular choice for fashion earrings, pendants, rings and watches at affordable prices. Shop Rose Gold > Top of Page Yellow Gold Yellow Gold is the traditional, classic choice for wedding rings. It’s affordability makes it a popular choice, in addition to the variety of color options and karats available. Shop Yellow Gold > Top of Page White GoldGold is a traditional, and popular choice for wedding jewelry. White Gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium. White Gold is similar in characteristics to platinum and shares many of the same properties of platinum including its white color. White gold rings can be sized and engraved. Shop White Gold > Top of Page Platina 4 (P4)P4 is a great look, composed of a patented mix of platinum, gold, silver and palladium. Because of its unique makeup, P4 is resistant to tarnishing and will maintain its brilliant, white luster. P4 is hypoallergenic and can be cleaned as any fine piece of jewelry by using an ultrasonic cleaner or mild soap and water. It’s more resistant to scratching or scuffing than 14kt gold as it is a more durable metal. Shop P4 > Top of Page Stainless SteelStainless steel is durable—and fashionable. Naturally white in color, it’s a light weight option and exhibits a very sleek, modern feel. Although it has a low scratch resistance, stainless steel is hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. It’s predominantly used in the watch and auto industries. Shop Stainless Steel > Top of Page SeriniumSerinium rings are a brilliant, pure white metal that will not oxidize, tarnish or discolor. They feature a comfort fit (meaning the inside of each ring is round) and can be removed easily from the finger within seconds. The metal is more durable than Tungsten Carbide and very scratch resistant. All Serinium rings are hypoallergenic. Shop Serinium > Top of Page SilverSilver is a popular choice for those who prefer the look of white metal for a special occasion, at an affordable price.Silver is very soft, meaning a ring will show wear faster than other types. Because of this, more durable metals are increasingly being used for wedding bands while silver rings are used for special occasions. The soft characteristics of silver allow for easy carving or engraving. Shop Silver > Top of Page Tungsten CarbideTungsten Carbide is a uniquely forged metal, also used in men’s watches, making it perfect for someone with an active lifestyle. Tungsten Carbide is ten times harder than 18kt gold and has a substantial, luxurious weight similar to platinum. Tungsten Carbide is a patented formula consisting of nearly 85% Tungsten Carbide, is strong, hypoallergenic, tarnish resistant and will remain polished forever. Shop Tungsten Carbide > Top of Page White TungstenThis is the same as regular tungsten – it’s a scratch resistant metal—available in white. Triton has introduced this white tungsten carbide, an exclusive collection joining classic and black in a contemporary line of men’s Tungsten Carbide TC.850™ wedding bands. Shop White Tungsten > Top of Page PlatinumPlatinum is more rare than gold. Its heaviness, density and strength make it an ideal setting for wedding and engagement rings. Platinum is hypoallergenic, scratch resistant and never tarnishes. It does not expand when exposed to heat and, unlike white gold, is naturally white. Shop Platinum > Top of Page PalladiumPalladium is a silver-white metal from the platinum group that will not tarnish in air and remains forever white. It is one of the most rare and scarce metals in the world. Palladium is hypoallergenic — it is nickel free and contains no skin irritants. Palladium rings are 95% pure. They are very durable and will last for a lifetime. Top of Page

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