Post # 1
So we went wedding ring shopping today…. we are on a budget as we are paying for the wedding ourselves. We got quoted around 400 pounds for one 18k white gold ring and another palladium ring.
Personally I think that’s too much, I’ve seen titanium ones for under 50 pounds, and have also seen sites where I can get stainless steel ones for around 50 pounds for both.
So I guess what I’m saying is does it matter if it’s 18k gold, palladium, titanium, stainless steel or silver? Like what is the actual difference if we are on a budget and only choosing plain bands anyway?
Can you girlies help me? I am most confused! Obviously I want these to be our ‘forever’ rings, but I have all sorts of jewellery in most of those materials and honestly can’t tell one from the other!
Post # 3
I’m afriad of titanium rings because I’ve heard that in the case of an emergency they are much harder to cut off than gold or platinum rings, but I suppose that doesn’t happen very often.
Post # 4
18k white gold and palladium are considered precious metals. They’re durable, sizeable, and certainly suited for lifelong wear. White gold appears “whiter” than palladium because it’s rhodium plated (rhodium is naturally one of the whitest metals), but it will require periodic redipping to keep that brightness and polish. Palladium has a bit of a grayer cast, like platinum, but does not need to be dipped. It may have to be buffed if it gets scratched.
Titanium and stainless steel are strong, scratch-resistant, and cheap. They’re lighter, which some men might like. They are harder to cut off in an emergency (but not impossible), and they aren’t resizeable.
One option you may want to consider is cobalt chrome, it’s brighter white than titanium or stainless steel and in the US is about the same price. It is also modestly resizeable.
I would not recommend silver (easily scratched and bent) or tungsten (prone to shattering if dropped).
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
@cantwaittobemrsf: The prices of gold have gone up and are rising. I do think precious metals are the most traditional for wedding bands, and those are my personal preference, but my FH didn’t choose that route. He picked a Tungsten Carbide band because he pretty much only wears black. I like the way it looks and thinks it suits him…and can’t complain because it was $17.99 on amazon.com!!
Post # 6
@FutureDrAtkins: You know what’s really crappy about the price of gold? Jewelry prices continue to go up, but the actual price of gold (as a commodity) is at like a 10 year low.
I know this because we were given 7oz of gold coins to help pay for the wedding. We thought we would wait as long as we could to sell it in case the price went back up.
Guess what? IT KEEPS EFFING DROPPING. And our wedding is 5 months away.
Sorry, end rant. (But serisously, why didn’t my dad sell it when it was $1900 an ounce!?!?!)
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
@vermonster: OMG! Crazy. Didn’t know that! I just assumed it was always on the up and up. I heard awhile ago all the chatter when it was at like $1900 an ounce and I guess I assumed those prices were still valid. That seriously sucks!!
Post # 8
@cantwaittobemrsf: i agree that sounds expensive. i don’t know a lot about metals as such but do know that depending on the type of rings you want, you can get them much, much cheaper online… my dh has a titanium ring it has scratched quite a lot and we’ll prob replace it in the future but he’ll continue to wear his current one through the week as he leaves it in his locker at work. it cost £85 from ernest jones, but i’ve seen cheaper since online that are identical. We saw the colbalt ones but they looked too bright and almost had a blue tinge.
I’ve seen plain court shaped 9ct gold, 2mm rings on the web for around £60, maybe try ebay, not ness used as a lot of shops sell on there and you always have paypal to back you up if you need to return. I got my wedding ring from lord of gem rings on ebay and i love it, my only problem is that the shank at the back is very thin so this’ll need replacing eventually but for the price i paid, i can’t complain too much! i also bought a plain 2mm stainless steel one from ebay to wear whilst we were on a beach holiday and i can’t comment on how hardy it is but looks wise, i can’t tell it apart from white gold xx
Post # 9
@MrsTywinLannister: Titanium rings are common enough now a days that nearly all hospitals and EMTs have a vice that will cut the ring.
I work at a cancer center and even we have devices that will cut titanium.
Post # 10
@FleeSircus: Awesome!!! that’s so good to hear, I know so many people with them!
Post # 11
I have a plain band I wear when cooking gardening etc. It’s a high dome 4mm titanium comfort fit band and it cost me a whopping $1.99 plus $3 shipping on Amazon. :). It still “says” I’m married and I couldn’t beat the price. Titanium is however on the darker end of white metals.