Choosing your wedding ring
Wedding rings tend to be plain metal bands, but designs vary enormously. A traditional ‘court’ ring will have rounded edges while a ‘flat’ ring may look more contemporary. If you are matching a wedding ring to an engagement ring, take care to get the same colour of metal (platinum can be put next to white gold) and a similar band in width and style.
There are also many modern diamond wedding rings on the market that are worth considering. In an ideal world, try to budget about £250 for the woman’s platinum ring and about £700 for the man’s platinum ring (as they tend to be a lot heavier and wider); they don’t necessarily have to match.
White gold – an alloy of gold that has been mixed with at least one other white metal, such as nickel or palladium. This is a budget option which may need some care in the long run as the silver colour can fade.
9 carat gold – a common grade of gold in the UK. The three-digit hallmark will indicate the purity of the gold per thousand – nine carat is 375, i.e. 37.5% pure. It will have been alloyed with other metals to make it harder, more durable and less expensive. One of the cheapest options on the market.
14 carat and 18 carat gold – as stated above, the hallmark will indicate its purity. 14 carat is 58.5% pure, while 18 carat is 75% pure gold. Shop around and you can get some mid-range good value wedding bands.
24 carat gold – pure gold. If you can, it’s worth stretching your budget to pure gold. It will be hallmarked 999. Traditional and old-fashioned pure gold is quite soft and can bend out of shape and wear down over the years.
Platinum – most UK platinum rings, such as blackcarat’s, are 95% pure (hallmarked 950). It has a naturally white lustre, it does not fade or tarnish and keeps its pure white colour for a lifetime. The density of platinum makes it more durable than other jewellery metals. It does not change shape or wear away, so precious stones are held firmly and securely. The more rare something is, the more valuable it becomes. Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold so it is worth a special investment. You can find platinum rings at half the high street price in online stores such as blackcarat’s – it is more affordable than many think.
Others – palladium (modern alternative to platinum, looks similar but is cheaper), titanium (durable, affordable, with a dull lustre), zirconium (darker and softer than titanium with a dark silvery colour) and stainless steel (a cheap and long-lasting option) are also being more commonly used as modern wedding rings.
Look at to see the large platinum range of wedding band shapes, styles and widths available.