Sterling silver is the softest metal that we carry. It can bend and dent easily with wear and tear. It is an excellent choice, if you have a limited budget and can upgrade on an anniversary! All fine metals will scratch and should be handled with TLC. If you are purchasing a wedding band to wear with your engagement ring, you will want to consider the metal of your ring. It is best to put metals of similar durability together, so that the friction between the rings will not wear them down. For example, I would not recommend a sterling silver wedding band to go with a platinum engagement ring. Sterling is very soft and platinum is quite durable. The sterling ring would wear down very quickly.
Palladium is a metal that comes from the same group of metals as platinum. It is 95% pure and durable. It has a greyish-white color, rather than the bright white color of platinum. Palladium is also hypoallergenic. Right now, to craft a palladium ring is very expensive. Historically it had been a great inexpensive option compared to Platinum currently the cost has increased significantly and prices higher than platinum. Palladium gets it’s name from the Greek goddess of wisdom and protector of Athens, “Pallas Athena”. It was discovered in 1804 by a British chemist, though it was almost two centuries before it really stood out as a precious metal of significance. It gained most of its popularity not as much for use in jewelry applications, but for its use in catalytic converters. Not a very glamorous start, but certainly one that changed the face of auto emissions greatly!
Many are seeking a true white metal that is both durable and beautiful for wedding rings. This brings two options, Platinum and Palladium. While Platinum has been the heirloom choice for bridal jewelry for decades, rising costs have put this noble metal out of reach for many couples.
White gold is made by alloying yellow gold with white-colored metals. Nickel is generally used as an alloy because it adds a great deal of strength and tempers the strong yellow color of gold. At brent&jess, we make rings using 10k, 14k, and 18k white gold. The rings we make retain their natural slightly yellow gray color because we don’t rhodium plate our rings unless the customer requests it. This color is deeper in the rings that have more yellow gold in them, so the whitest color is in 10k white, then 14k white, and then 18k white, which is quite yellow. However, none of the shades of yellow are very apparent unless the ring is placed next to another ring in a brighter white metal.
There are a number of things to consider when selecting the “perfect” wedding band: your lifestyle, the design of the ring, types of metals, compatibility of metals, ring size, and ring width. Gold metals are durable due to their alloys. Our gold contains nickel which may pose concerns for people with allergies. 18K yellow gold has a greater content of pure gold and a rich yellow color. 10k Gold is the most scratch resistant of the gold Karats. It is very affordable.