EVERYTHING ABOUT WEDDING RINGS: GOLD OR PLATINUM?
“Precious metals do not rust and retain their shine for a long time. Therefore, precious metal is the first choice for making wedding rings.”
The rings symbolize the continuum, which is without beginning and end due to its round shape. The wedding rings symbolize something eternal – they symbolize the everlasting love for your partner. After wedding, your rings should accompany you throughout your life, thus it is extremely important that the wedding rings are made of durable material.
Therefore, only precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium are used to make wedding rings. Precious metals do not rust and retain their shine for long periods.
Light grey and white platinum
Platinum is the highest quality metal of this group. Due to the elasticity of platinum its forming and processing is easy. The finished jewels made of platinum are robust and they have a light grey or white colour. This makes platinum wedding rings an ideal choice if you wish the wedding rings for everlasting love.
Light grey palladium
Palladium is also part of the platinum metal group. It is of light grey colour and very similar to platinum. Palladium has similar properties as platinum, but it is lighter and also more affordable.
Gold and different colours of gold
Gold is the most well-known and most popular precious metal beside platinum and palladium. By combining gold with other metals to create so-called alloys, it is possible to create jewels from gold in a variety of colours, offering an extraordinary potential for designing wedding rings.
As regards gold, most people first think of classical yellow gold, which is similar to the colour of sunflower oil. Besides yellow gold, there is also red, pink, green, white and grey gold. These so-called alloys allow gold to have different colour shades. The alloy is a combination of two or more metals. Since gold is a very soft metal, then other metals must be added to the gold alloy to make it easier to process. Usually silver, copper and zinc are added. That way specific new colour shades of gold can be invented.
Red gold is an alloy, which consists of pure gold, copper and often silver.
Yellow gold is an alloy that imitates the natural colour of gold but actually consists also of silver and copper. Generally speaking, the less gold there is in the alloy the more intense the yellow gold colour.
Green gold is an alloy, which consists of silver and gold with ratio of 1:1.
White gold and grey gold are actually colourless gold alloys that were invented at the beginning of the 20th century as a cheaper alternative to platinum.
About gold alloys
The numbers 750 gold, 585 gold, 376% gold and 333 gold denote the amount of gold in the alloy. The maximum amount of gold is 1,000 or 100% gold. 750 gold denotes that the alloy contains 75% of gold and 25% of other metals.