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Wedding band metal guide

Not sure where to start with your wedding rings? This metal guide is perfect for brides and grooms who want to know the pros and cons of different wedding bands.

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Wedding band metal guide
Find your perfect wedding ring. Image: Albert Palmer Photography

Not sure which metal to choose for your wedding ring? This handy guide will help you understand the differences between the various precious metals and pick the one that’s right for you and your other half.

For the bride, generally it’s a good idea to match your wedding band metal with your engagement ring, as some harder metals can harm others. However, if you have something more unusual planned don’t be afraid to ask your jeweller.

Yellow gold
Considered a timeless choice for your wedding band, we love the look of a classic gold ring. Pure gold (24 carat) is too soft for a wedding band so opt for 18/9ct for a hardier ring. Given its popularity it’s easy to resize and repair.

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White gold
All white gold is yellow gold alloyed with other white metals (such as zinc or nickel) so it has a slightly warmer colour than silver or platinum. It’s often plated with rhodium to give it harder surface too. However, it will need to be replated every few years.

Rose gold
Rose gold has seen a bit of a spike in popularity recently and it makes a unique wedding band. The blush hue is achieved by mixing yellow gold with copper.

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Sterling silver
Looking for a bargain wedding band? Sterling silver is a lovely affordable option. Again, pure silver is too soft for jewellery, so your band will be combined with other metals (such as copper) to improve the durability. Again, it’s easy to resize and repair if needed.

Platinum
Extremely rare and pleasingly weighty, a platinum wedding band is a beautiful, but more expensive, wedding ring choice. It is hard-wearing with a gorgeous white/grey soft shimmery-finish (that sets diamonds off beautifully) and it is also hypoallergenic – perfect for couples with sensitive skin!

Palladium
A member of the platinum family, palladium comes with a lot of the benefits of platinum, but is a more affordable option. It has the same silvery-white colour, which doesn’t need to be plated and is also hypoallergenic. However, it is softer and less heavy than platinum.

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Titanium
Extremely durable and remarkably lightweight, Titanium (sing it – “Ti-taaa-ni-ummm”), has a beautiful darker silver hue, which is particularly popular for men’s wedding bands. It’s also hypoallergenic. However, because it’s so hardy it is difficult to resize, so bear this in mind when you’re looking.

Zirconium
A grey/white metal similar to titanium in hardiness and weight. When it’s heat treated it also forms a black oxide coating known as black zirconium – fancy.

Tungsten
A hard-wearing steel-coloured metal that, like titanium, is extremely hard-wearing and scratch resistant. However, it does also mean it is harder to resize if needed and can be quite brittle.

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