Platinum is the most popular choice for wedding rings and engagement rings due to its hardness, rarity and naturally white sheen that will never fade or change colour; however, all of this beauty comes at a price and Palladium is a more affordable choice that will give you the same look. Palladium comes from the same family of metals, but it is harder and less easily scratched, it has the same natural whiteness to the metal but is much lighter in weight than platinum. It is sometimes added to white gold to enhance the whiteness of the finish which is achieved by rhodium plating, but which may fade over its lifetime, requiring the ring to be re-plated to keep the shine. If your wedding ring will have diamonds in it Palladium also offers a more secure setting than gold.
If you choose a traditional gold ring, the colour and hardness of white gold and yellow gold rings will differ, depending on what carat you choose. It is also advisable to have the same carat for the wedding and engagement rings for the bride as a softer 18 carat gold will be worn down over time by a harder 9 carat gold ring worn next to it. This is a very gradual process though, so it may not be too much of a concern for you unless the edge of your ring has a detailed design or fine millegrain beading which could eventually be worn away.
Titanium wedding rings have also grown in popularity, particularly for the groom’s wedding ring. Titanium is extremely strong, hence its use in the aerospace industry, but it is lightweight in comparison to platinum or tungsten and is also hypo-allergenic, great for anyone who may suffer allergic reactions with other metals. Titanium can be anodised to change the colour of the metal which could be an option for those who do not want too bright a finish on the ring.
Ask questions when choosing your wedding rings, think about your lifestyle and how likely it is for the ring to get scratched or damaged. Think about particular design motifs that you would like to incorporate if you are having the rings specially made, and whether you want anything to be engraved on them. Don’t settle for anything less than a ring that you have fallen in love with; you will be wearing it for a long time and it should make you feel happy every time you look at it.