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What you need to know about Jewelry Metals (Part 1)

Gold Wedding Band from Confer's Jewelers

There are many metals available for engagement rings and wedding bands. By knowing information about the different metals, their benefits compared with each other and their unique qualities you will be able to make a better and more informed decision about purchasing your wedding bands.

The metal types used in wedding bands are white and yellow gold, platinum, titanium, tungsten carbide, cobalt chrome and stainless steel. We’ll talk about Gold in this article and then in Part 2 we’ll talk about the other metals. These are the most common questions we get about gold so I wanted to cover them.

Gold karat

Gold is the most popular choice for men's and ladies wedding rings and engagement rings. There are several karats available for gold.

The karat is the gold content of the metal. The karat measures the proportion of pure gold mixed with other metal alloy to make up the final metal.

The gold karats normally used in men's wedding rings are 10kt, 14kt and 18kt.

When trying to decide between the gold karat types there are three things to consider.

  • The difference in price between the gold karats

  • The difference in color between the 10kt, 14kt and 18kt gold

  • The metals performance with every day wear

White Gold

The higher the proportion of gold used in the final metal, the more valuable and expensive the metal will be. So all other things being the same, an 18kt ring will be more expensive than a 14kt ring and a 14kt ring will be more expensive than a 10kt ring.

Yellow Gold

All karats in white gold look the same in appearance. When white gold rings are new they can be coated with another white metal called Rhodium. The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look more white. The natural color of white gold is actually a light grey color. The rhodium is very white and very hard, but it does wear away eventually. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately each 12 to 18 months.

The difference in appearance between yellow gold karats is the higher the karat the more “buttery” yellow the ring will be.

In practical terms, 18kt generally holds up to everyday wear better than 10kt and tends to look better than 10kt as it ages over the years. This is one of the reasons why 18kt is normally preferred for ladies engagement rings rather than 10kt.

Whatever you decide is the right choice. Metal color and karat is a preference and no matter what you decide your wedding band will be the most important ring you ever purchase and wear.

Blend of white and yellow gold

At Confer’s Jewelers, we carry over 500 wedding bands and all metals and styles. Most of the bands we carry, we offer in all 3 karat choices and in yellow or white gold. We are here to assist you in choosing the metal and style that fits your individuality and budget.

Confer's Jewelers

100 N Allegheny St

Bellefonte, PA 16823

Contact: Monteca Confer

(814) 355-8836

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