Post # 1
I am soon to be poping the question, and wanted to get a head start on my mens wedding band.
I have been looking around and the popular metal choices seem to be Titanium, Gold or Platinum.
I know Platinum is strong but expensive. Gold is not as strong but needs to be plated after a while. I am considering Titanium but really not sure as I kinda feel that it is a less expensive metal.
Anyone here recently purchased a men’s band and what do you recommend.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - Makena Cove
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Palladium. I dont really have any experience with purchasing rings, but I do know that gold needs to be replated after its been worn for a few years.
Post # 4
Well actually gold doesn’t need to be replated unless you don’t like how gold looks…lol. 😉
I’m assuming you mean to say that you like white metals, so in that case I would also reccomend palladium as a durable but affordable option!
Post # 5
White gold needs to be plated unless you like a warm white gold. Yellow gold does not need to be plated.
I would get gold, white gold or palladium.
Post # 6
As PPs have said, yellow or rose gold needs no plating 🙂
Platinum and gold should cost similarly these days since when comparing the two pure metals, gold is worth more on the market.
Post # 7
Thanks for the insight. I did some more readin and based on your great comments have confirmed that yes, true white gold rings do not need plating since no rhodium is added. I guess we all try to acheive the white look of platinum and thus plate the gold.
I read that palladium is brittle due to its hardness and difficult for goldsmiths to work with. Can anyone confirm this?
For the price white gold is looking like the winner so far. I’ll have to do more reading and see how I make out.
Post # 8
I have platnium; love the weight and patina look!
Post # 9
I have palladium rings and really like them–I think we’ll be doing the same for his band. I might pick up a titanium/stainless/other less expensive band for him before the wedding, just so he can get a sense of what he actually wants to wear.
Post # 10
I went and saw some bands at the mall. Wow, Platinum is surely nice! Much more expensive but the weight and durability is something I might consider spending more money on. I did hear that Platinum will show all dings/scratching more because of its hardness. Can anyone comment on that?
Post # 11
We went with a white gold band from Amazon. My FI wanted something that would be resizable (as titanium is not) but didn’t want the weight of a platinum ring. I’d also check into the various widths on men’s bands; we had him try on a few at a jeweler’s to get a sense of what width he preferred.
Post # 12
Just make sure the prongs that are holding the diamond (or stone) are in platinum. Gold prongs, when they get snagged on things, bend very easily; platinum doesn’t budge.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@TonyRocks69: RE: platinum getting dinged: my engagement ring is platinum and is from 1910. It’s a little scratched around the base of the band if you look really closely, but it looks essentially like new at first glance. Definitely not dinged at all. It’s super durable stuff.
Congrats (in advance)!
Post # 14
my FI has picked out a dinasour bone & meteroite ring off etsy
Post # 15
Actually from what I understand there is no such thing as “white gold” White gold is just yellow gold dipped in Rhodium plating. Which in my experience wears off. I only wore my engagement ring for 4 months before it started showing signs of needing to be re-plated.
My best friend had a platinum wedding set, and ended up trading it in for white gold because it just got bent up to easily.
Post # 16
@Crazyhair: nope. white gold is an alloy of pure gold mixed with white metals. mixed together, they look like warm white. some appear whiter than others, depending on what kind of metals went into the alloy and/or the % of pure gold that is in it. so in theory, 18k white gold should appear more yellowish than 14k.
rhodium plating is something many jewelers add on, to make it appear totally white. not everybody does this. my ring was never rhodium plated, it was made in the 1920s.
I personally like the “warm white” color of unplated white gold and choose to not have mine dipped. it only looks slightly yellow if I hold it up against other metals (like sterling silver). it’s not even enough to be noticeable. on its own, it looks white enough.