Wedding Bands: Finding the One

 

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We are headed into wedding season again. If you are lucky enough to be planning a wedding, then picking out wedding bands is probably somewhere on your lengthy “To Do” list. Here are a couple tips we would like to share with you to help you find the wedding band that lasts a lifetime!

When looking for wedding bands there are so many things to think about! You may already have a picture of exactly what you are looking for, or you may just walk into a jewellery store and wing it. We are here to tell you that there is no right or wrong, and a good jeweller will be sure to inform you about the advantages of each ring you are considering. Keep in mind, sometimes what you are imagining may be different when you try it on and see it in real. This is why, in some cases, it may be easier to start from scratch, trying each ring on and admiring what it truly looks like on your hand and skin tone.

 

So whether or not you have browsed online, here are some FAQ’s that we have answered for you to make your shopping trip that much simpler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the difference between 10k, 14k, and 18k gold?

This question is usually one of the first questions asked and is definitely one of the most important ones. Getting to understand the metal you are wearing will help you to know how to treat it and in turn, prolong the life of this sentimental piece of jewellery you are looking to buy.

The answer to this question involves a little bit of math, but don’t worry we won’t make you punch the numbers. Here is a quick explanation of different karats of gold:

  • 24kt= (100% gold)
  • 18kt = (75% gold)
  • 14kt = (58.3% gold)
  • 10kt = (41.7% gold)

The alloys used in different karats of gold are there to make the gold stronger, more durable and also create different colours of gold(which we will get to in a bit). Of the three gold karats listed above, 18kt will be the softest as it contains the highest percentage of gold. 14kt will be slightly less soft as it contains more alloys, and 10kt will be the hardest as it contains a higher percentage of alloys than gold.

You might think that these numbers make no difference to you, although your everyday lifestyle can play a huge part in which karat of gold you should be choosing. This is where your hobbies and occupation come in to play. Even things like being left-handed can make a huge impact on how your ring wears.

For example, most of our ladies engagement rings are crafted in 14kt or 18kt gold. Meanwhile mens wedding bands are most often made using 10kt or 14kt gold. You can determine which karat you prefer based on your everyday activities.

 

What are the different colours of gold? 

The three most common colours are yellow, white and rose gold.

Since it first caught the eye of its discoverer, James W. Marshall in 1848, gold is notoriously “gold” in colour, or as we call it in the jewellery industry “yellow gold”. Many people may think that gold is no longer in style or that other colours of gold have taken over. However, a jeweller will be sure to tell you that you can’t go wrong with gold in its natural, classic colour.

White gold made its appearance in the 1920’s. It is obtained by mixing gold with other alloys such as palladium and silver. We recommend an 18kt and palladium blend, which fabricates a true and long lasting greyish colour that does not contain any hints of yellow. Most of the time, white gold rings will have a rhodium plated finish to ensure a complete, silver colour.

Finally, there is rose gold which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Not only is it popular, but it also doesn’t require much maintenance. The rose or pink colour is obtained by using copper as an alloy. The formula used to make rose gold will produce a pure “pinkish” tone and does not require any type of plating.

How often should a white gold ring be rhodium plated?

Some of you may not know, but white gold jewellery is usually rhodium plated as mentioned above. This plating may wear off over time however it is something that can easily be reapplied. Some things that may wear off the rhodium plating quicker are lotions, sanitizer and even body oils. We recommend having your rings polished and plated about once a year to keep them shining and sparkling.

The details on Alternative Metals like Tungsten?

Tungsten is a trending alternative metal for men’s wedding rings. It is known for its extreme hardness and durability, gunmetal grey colour, and attractive price point.

As mentioned above, Tungsten is gun metal grey in colour, giving the ring a masculine appearance that usually goes over well with the men. Although its hardness can be a great advantage, there are a couple things to be mindful of when purchasing a Tungsten wedding band. First of all, Tungsten cannot be cut. Therefore these wedding bands cannot be resized or altered/customized to suit your style. For this reason, a Tungsten band is not always allowed in the workplace.

We just threw a lot of information your way and hope that you were able to learn something from it! Each metal has its own unique qualities; this is why we carry a large variety of wedding bands to ensure you find the right one.

Kind Regards,

The La Mine d’Or Family