While the diamond is often of top concern when proposing, picking out the wedding bands is equally as important. After all, the engagement ring may come off, but the wedding band will not! There are a variety of metals to choose from, each with their own benefits.
Gold is, of course, a very popular choice, with varying karat ranges and corresponding softness. Benefits of gold are that it goes with most everything and is very flexible when itcomes to stylish pairing with an engagement ring. White gold allows a different colour choice while retaining the properties gold is loved for. White gold is also more affordable. Mixed with other metals such as zinc or platinum, white gold is considered a bit more brittle than other metals. Rose gold is another beautiful choice, as the copper mixture creates a pink or reddish hue.
Platinum bands are growing increasingly popular; considered more rare than gold, the price points reflect that change. While wildly popular and quite beautiful, platinum is heavier than many other metals, and may not be as appropriate for a petite finger. Men gravitate toward platinum bands both for their look and feel. Platinum offers a range of looks, from luxury to industrial.
Silver is less common with wedding bands, but still requested. Keeping these bands looking their best requires regular polishing to maintain that shine. These bands are also more affordable, and can be every bit as stunning as an expensive platinum piece.
Picking a band should be a matter of taste and a reflection of the couple’s lifestyle and preferences. There is no “right” choice when it comes to wedding bands – only what works best for the couple both in price and presentation.