How we propose to our significant others differs from how people did it in the past. Now, so many of us wait until we’ve heard that sweet ‘yes’ before buying the ring. This saves us from spending money on a ring that will either be rejected or something that our partner may not want.
When shopping for engagement or silicone wedding bands or rings, it’s important to note that no ring is indestructible nor scratch proof. Regardless of its price tag, a ring will require maintenance to last a long time. It does help, however, to find out more about the material that makes up the body of the ring.
There are so many to appraise, from the popular gold to the more unconventional silicone. Below, we discuss the intricacies of every ring material.
One of the most used precious metals, gold has been used in jewelry making for centuries.
This is because we are naturally drawn to its natural luster and shine, which both indicate a wealthy status. Moreover, its hue doesn’t tarnish regardless of circumstances.
Gold goes through an alloying process to heighten its durability. This process has also resulted in contemporary gold having several forms aside from the usual bright yellow hue.Yellow gold comes from mixing pure gold with silver and zinc.
These days, there is also gold, which comes from the mixture of pure gold, palladium, and nickel; and rose gold, which is made from pure gold, copper and silver.
The only non-metal material on this list, silicone has become quite popular in recent years due to its certain characteristics. Silicone rings are the cheapest option there is on the market, which lessens the guilt of those who aren’t as careful with their jewelry.
However, the price point does not mean that their quality is less than stellar. Silicone rings are unique and come in different colors and designs. This allows for more customization at a less steep price. They are also popular with those who use their hands quite often in their profession.
The material easily gives way in high-pressure scenarios, so those with silicone rings don’t have to worry about their rings breaking. They are also popular with those who have sensitive skin. Silicone allergy is uncommon, and those who are allergic to nickel can also wear them.
Platinum is commonly used in the alloying process to make other metals more malleable. It wasn’t until recently that jewelry made from mostly platinum was created. Platinum items are more expensive than ones created from gold since the metal itself is rarer than gold.
Their primary metal composition is also higher compared to other metal jewelry. Aside from that, platinum is denser than most metals, which makes any jewelry made from it heavier. Its natural white luster also doesn’t yellow or tarnish, which is a problem those with white gold rings may encounter in the future.
We should note that platinum is more susceptible to scratching. However, the scratches are easily done away with simple repolishing.
Jewelry made from tungsten is notorious for their durability, given that the metal is one of the hardest there is. It is also hypoallergenic and resistant to scratch. However, its durability often works against it because of how brittle it can get.
Those with tungsten rings have to be more careful of heavy impact because any can cause fracture to the ring.
While considering the pros and cons of these materials, it’s also important to take note of your budget and the lifestyle you have. Making a more conscious choice gives you and your partner the chance to enjoy your rings without having to worry too much about breakage.