White Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum, and Titanium Wedding Rings

May 14, 2010

in Jewelry

wedding ringsPurchasing engagement bands and wedding rings can be so confusing! Not only do you have to read up on diamond terminology, but they also happen to be made out different metals. The four most common are white gold, yellow gold, platinum, and titanium.

Yellow Gold Engagement and Wedding Rings
Gold is usually the first metal that comes to mind when you start shopping for your engagement or wedding ring. Engagement and wedding rings are generally 18 ct gold (sometimes men’s rings are 9 or 14 caret) because 24 ct gold is too soft to be worn all the time. An 18 ct gold ring is 75% gold.

In yellow gold the metals used in the remaining 25% include copper and zinc which help give it the yellow color. Yellow gold is the softest of the four metals, which means it scratches the easiest.

White Gold Engagement and Wedding Rings
18 ct white gold contains 75% gold, but the alloy used for the remaining 25% contains silver and palladium, which gives it the white color.

White gold rings are then coated with Rhodium. Rhodium shares many of it’s properties with Platinum (and so it is very hard to tell a new White Gold ring from a Platinum until you compare the weight). The white gold ring will have to be re-rhodium plated every once in a while (depending on your jeweler they may recommend every other year to every 5 years). This is sometimes included in the regular maintenance policy that you purchase with the ring. If it is not then it is generally less than $50 to have it done.

White gold is stronger than yellow gold because the alloys used to create the color are stronger than the alloys in yellow gold.

Titanium Engagement and Wedding Rings
Titanium is a naturally silver/grey/white metal that is 100% hypoallergenic. It has 3 times the strength of steel and yet is very lightweight. Since it is so strong it holds up better than gold or platinum. However, it cannot be soldiered so it is uncommon to find engagement bands made of titanium (the prongs have to be made of another material). Titanium wedding and engagement rings cannot be re-sized.

Titanium is becoming more and more popular as a wedding ring material.

Platinum Engagement and Wedding Rings
Platinum is a white metal, but it it can be used in an almost pure, 95%, form. It also wears very well so it does not have to be Rhodium plated. It is a dense metal so it will feel heavier than gold. It is also approximately two to three times the price of gold.

It is harder to scratch a platinum wedding ring, but if it does scratch then it tends to be more noticeable than on a gold wedding ring.

Good luck with your wedding and engagement ring search!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

glenda09 May 16, 2010 at 1:24 am
LittlePeopleWealth May 16, 2010 at 2:40 am

You do have a lot of choices!


gemstone rings May 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Very educative post. This will certainly help to make a more calculative purchase of a wedding ring.


LittlePeopleWealth May 31, 2010 at 12:25 am

You have to wear your wedding ring your entire life so you want to make sure it is one that you will like!


Carla October 28, 2011 at 6:22 am

Normally,wedding ring is shaded by yellow gold.Silver is just for engagement i guess.


Heidi October 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

I think I know more women with white gold or platinum rings than yellow gold now.


Shine November 26, 2011 at 1:50 am

I still like yellow gold. My wedding ring is just a simple gold band.


Heidi November 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Yellow gold is traditional and works great for many people 🙂 I like white gold simply because yellow gold does not look as good on my skin tone.


Camille Golden December 13, 2011 at 5:45 am

I like diamond ring but i think the price is not funny.hehe


Angelo from Fusion Cleaning December 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

I agree,it can also be consider as vintage,antique and traditional wedding rings 🙂


Lady from 15x tab online December 22, 2011 at 2:27 am

White gold ring is one of my favorite.Aside from being cheap,the quality seems good enough for me 🙂


Nicole December 30, 2011 at 12:06 am

Platinum is more expensive than gold. I didn’t know that.
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Heidi January 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

It’s a lot more expensive! It looks the same as white gold until you look at it closely, but it weighs quite a bit less.


Jocar from skip tracing January 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

Gold comes in different karats and colors. The most frequently used colors of gold, especially in rings, are white and yellow gold.


Amara from price action training January 25, 2012 at 1:49 am

Gold is fair enough for those who has white complexion i guess.
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Heidi January 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Gold looks great on people who have a yellow undertone. If you have a white/blue undertone then silver will probably look better.


Marga from custom home builders austin tx February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

Yellow Gold is much better, if i am not mistaken that is a traditional ring.


Heidi February 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I think it depends on what the bride and groom want 🙂 Tradition doesn’t always mean better.


David from plumbers in san antonio February 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I agree with you,mine is Yellow Gold but actually my wife prefer white gold but still,i won.haha


Joy February 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Yellow gold used to be the most popular gold but I believe times has changed and people prefer different colors now.


Jake from strategic planning consulting firm February 5, 2012 at 2:24 am

White gold looks fine for me 🙂


Rose February 17, 2012 at 2:55 am

For me white gold is much better. And of course with our names and date of our wedding printed on it.


Ann March 31, 2012 at 5:49 am

Alternative styles of wedding rings especially for men are getting to be popular. Aside from gold and silver, other metals like titanium, tungsten, stainless steel, platinum and cobalt are being used to make men’s wedding rings.


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