By Evans Connor
How much do you know about the choices of metals for wedding rings? If you are confident that you want to go for a traditional golden wedding ring, have you thought about the “gold colors”? It is 2017, and just saying “gold” or “silver” about wedding rings isn’t enough. Rose gold isn’t a monopoly of Apple. Even jewelry has its own tinges of gold and not-so-gold that you need to check out before saying, “I do”.
Unless you were living under a rock since the late 2000s, you possibly already know about the colors of gold. What you may NOT know is why there are so many color variations.
Rose gold –
Jewelers mix pure gold with several other metals including bronze and silver. The percentage of these metals determine the different hues of gold. Adding bronze to gold gives it a red tinge. If you add copper to this mix, you will get a pinkish gold tone. This is nothing but the lauded rose gold. We have a huge collection of unique rose gold wedding bands at the mensweddingbands.com.
Yellow gold –
Yellow gold is a result of mixing copper and zinc with pure gold. This is more traditional. Most wedding band sets and other “gold” wedding jewelries contain this composition. Sadly, this is not a hypoallergenic mix. So be careful if you have metal sensitivity.
White gold –
White gold is not new. It has been around since time immemorial. The art deco era resurrected it. Jewelers usually combine white metals live silver and palladium to give gold the classic white hue. White gold is more common in statement necklaces, pendants and chandelier earrings. Therefore, if you want to make a statement with your wedding ring, you should definitely try white gold.
Rhodium plating –
You may have also heard about rhodium plating. We usually use rhodium to plate our white gold. Rhodium is a rare, precious metal. We prefer rhodium plated white gold since it adds an extra sheen. In simpler words, rhodium plating makes white gold look “whiter”.
Color variation according to purity –
It might come as a surprise to you, but different karats of gold have different colors. 22k gold will be a richer yellow as compared to 14k gold. This is because, 14k gold has more zinc or copper. A higher concentration of “impurities” will make gold look redder in color. This is a very smart and quick way to tell which gold is more pure. However, it is also true that your 14k gold ring will hold up better to regular wear and tear. Purer gold is more pliable even though it is more expensive. In simpler words, the intensity of the yellow in gold varies directly with purity.
Author Bio: Evans Connor is a jewelry blogger and designer. He has his own boutique that caters to an elite and selective clientele. Evans has been working with mensweddingbands.com for the last 6 years.