Yellow gold has a rich history and would be a classic choice for your wedding bands. Pure gold is naturally yellow in color and very soft. To create more durable options pure gold is alloyed (mixed) with silver and copper, resulting in the different karats of gold. I recommend working with 14kt or 18kt for their strength and quality. It is important to note that all precious metals will show scuff and scratch with daily wear. 14k is the more durable option.
ROSE GOLD & PEACH GOLD
Alloying can also create different colors of gold. Yellow and red golds are both mixed with silver and copper, but subtle shifts to the amounts used will result in a range of colors. Rose and red golds usehigher levels of copper and less silver, but still contain the same amount of pure gold per karat as yellow gold.
Peach gold is another color option and falls in between rose gold and yellow gold. I have found that it can be a great color match to vintage European rose gold engagement rings, which are less copper in color then today’s rose gold.
PALLADIUM WHITE GOLD
This white gold alloy is mixed with palladium. Palladium is a member of the platinum family and shares many of the same characteristics with its cousin platinum, including its “liquid surface” and durability. Palladium white gold is a beautiful metal work with and does not cause the skin allergies as standard white gold. Standard white gold is alloyed with nickel which makes it brittle and hard to work with. Nickel is also the most common metal allergy and the cause of why many people are allergic to white gold.
A note on color: It is common practice to rhodium plate white gold jewelry giving it a brighter whiter color. At With These Rings we do not plate our metals, this means that your engagement ring is plated your wedding ring won't be a perfect color match. Standard white gold is slightly more yellow and palladium white gold is a little more grey without the plating. But when they are polished the difference is very subtle and most of the couples I have worked with say that they can't see the difference at all. Over time the plating will wear off exposing the true color of the metal, so jewelers often recommend that you have it "touched up" every so often. Some people choose to have their engagement ring re-plated just before the wedding so that it is bright and shinny. You can have your wedding band plated at the same time, with the same jeweler so that both rings are a perfect match!
Silver is known for its bright white silver color and common use in jewelry, palladium sterling silver is a beautiful material to work with. It is easy to form, texture and polish. Many couples choose to work with sterling because its price is substantially lower than other precious metals. It is important to note that while sterling silver can be worn daily, it is a very soft metal and prone to collecting scratches, wearing down and changing shape over time. Many people, including myself, appreciate the way that silver wears and ages. But if you want a ring that will keep its original finish longer, I would not recommend palladium silver. Be sure to consider the pros and cons on silver wedding bands.
Q: Can you recycle my existing jewelry into a new ring?
A: Unfortunately, no. The recycled metals that we use come from a refiner who specializes in recycling precious metals such as silver, gold, palladium, and platinum. By the time we work with the metals they have been through a refining process to "un-alloy" the metal to bring it back to its pure state and then remixed in a new alloy. I currently do not melt down or re-work existing jewelry. If the piece is not sentimental and you would like to use it to trade in for the value of metal I recommend sending it to a trusted refinery. You can then use that money toward your rings, a great way to keep the recycling process going!