Precious Metals for Your Wedding Band: White Gold
Gold remains the most popular precious metal for use in men’s wedding bands, with white gold cornering a large share of the wedding band market. Men today like white gold because it combines the quality and durability of gold with the more modern look and style of the silvery color.
Apples of Gold white gold wedding bands are available in 14k or 18k gold. The difference between the two carat measurements is in the percentage of pure gold in the composition. 18k gold carries the highest percentage of solid, pure gold. Gold jewelry is always an alloy of pure gold and other metals. In the case of white gold jewelry the alloy metals, such as palladium or silver, are what give the piece its distinctive shiny gray color.
While 18k gold is composed of a higher percentage of pure gold, and thus of superior quality and value, some have cautioned that 18k gold rings are less durable than their 14k gold counterparts because true gold is naturally softer. In a piece of very delicate jewelry, this may be a valid consideration, but men’s wedding bands are thick and well-crafted and should not be susceptible to bending. If your budget will allow it, 18k gold is the best choice for long term beauty and durability.
Many white gold rings are plated with rhodium to give them their shiny, silvery color and to increase their luster. It is normal for this sheen to fade somewhat after a number of years, so it is recommended that you have a white gold ring re-plated to keep it looking its finest.
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