Choosing your wedding ring
Your wedding ring is more than a piece of jewelry; it's also a symbol of your commitment to each other. Today, most men and women choose to wear wedding bands. While a lot of attention is given to shopping for engagement rings, wedding rings often get left behind.
A gold wedding band is a simple, classic choice. White gold, yellow gold, and rose gold are all beautiful choices. Believe it or not, you don't actually want a pure gold band. Gold is a soft
metal, a 24-karat (100% pure) gold ring will scratch and dent easily. You can get nice, durable rings made out of 18-karat gold (75% pure) or 14-karat gold (58.5 % pure), and they won't
tarnish. You can also find gold rings to suit just about any budget anywhere from about $60 to $5,000.
Gold can cause an allergic reaction in some people, so make sure you can wear it before you choose to do so for the rest of your life.
Today, silver is considered a sophisticated look. Silver is a great option if you're on a budget, a nice silver band can range from $50 to $250. Silver does tend to tarnish and can be easily bent out of shape.
In recent years platinum has become very popular for both engagement rings and wedding bands. Platinum has a beautiful white color and, assuming you go about 95% pure, is durable enough to last a lifetime. Platinum rings are pricier than gold and silver, starting at around $350. Even if you choose a gold or silver ring for the bride, you may want to consider a platinum band for the groom. Men tend to do more work with their hands, and their jewelry gets more wear and tear.
Titanium bands are less well known, but can be a beautiful choice. Titanium bands can be inlaid with gold, silver, or platinum to create absolutely stunning bands. Titanium is the strongest metal, which means you won't have to worry about your rings scratching or losing their shape. However, you can't solder titanium, which means that getting your rings resized is just about impossible, and the metal is so tough that cutting a titanium ring off in an emergency is difficult. Titanium rings sell from around $150 to a few thousand dollars.
Many women choose to have a wedding ring and engagement ring that fit together into a set. Even if you don't want to go this route, make sure to try your wedding ring on with your engagement ring to make sure that your ring finger doesn't look overwhelmed by the two rings.