Jewelry Metals Guide

Choosing a wedding band is an exciting task, but the variety of metals can be intimidating. Our guide will help you navigate through the available options and select the perfect ring.

Yellow Gold

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Traditional gold has been around for years, yet is still one of the leaders in engagement rings and wedding band options for both men and women. This material will typically be alloyed with another metal such as copper, nickel, or zinc, but can still be up to 75 percent pure with 18 karats as 24 karat gold is far too soft to be worked into jewelry. For a flawless, contemporary look, there is no better classic option than traditional gold.

White Gold

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One of the most popular precious metals for its beautiful luster and resemblance to platinum without running the same high cost, this is one of the best all-around metals for a wedding band. The white gold bands at Will You Be come in a variety of different karats including 10kt, 14kt, and 18kt. The differences in each of these karats determine the overall purity of the metal itself. 10 karats means the metal is 41.6 percent pure gold by weight, 14 karat is 58.3 percent pure by weight, and 18 karat is the purest we carry at 75 percent pure gold by weight.

Rose Gold

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A once rare metal for wedding bands, rose gold has risen to prominence in the wedding band community as one of the most sought after metals around. With a finish and luster unrivaled by other precious metals, this is certainly one of the most unique materials available. With a magnificent rose tint to the gold, they are ideal for those looking for a unique engagement ring or wedding band. Also available in 10 karat, 14 karat, and 18 karat, this metal is perfect for anyone looking to make a statement with their ring.

Ceramic

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For those looking to save money on their wedding band material, ceramic provides a beautiful alternative with high-quality makeup. Created from top of the line hi-tech aerospace material, ceramic provides an incredibly lightweight product which is heat-resistant and is incredibly versatile. Ceramic rings are available in a wide variety of colors, including white, pink, and black. Keeping its luster forever, coming in a comfort fit, and being hypoallergenic, ceramic rings are one of the best all-around ring options available on the market today.

Cobalt

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A metal typically found bonded to copper or nickel, cobalt is known for producing a beautiful finish and is a very bio-friendly metal. This highly durable material is quite popular for many people as it resembles white gold without having to pay the same price. This metal also possesses an extremely high resistance to scratching, making it an excellent choice for those who may put a lot of wear and tear on their ring.

Continuum Sterling Silver

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Continuum sterling silver is comprised of 95 percent precious metal content and contains no traces of nickel, making it the hardest silver available. This beautiful metal created by Stuller is a much better long-term option for silver-finished rings as they will not show the results of wear and tear over time as traditional sterling silver does. This material lies between 14kt yellow gold and sterling silver alloys on the chemical hardness scale, making it an excellent value for your wedding band.

Platinum

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Arguably the highest quality and most popular material available for wedding rings and band today, platinum has risen in prominence and is a go-to for many people. While this is a traditionally more expensive option for your engagement or wedding ring, its quality makes it well worth it. The purest metal on earth, it is hypoallergenic and possesses one of the best feels of any metal available. 

Sterling Silver

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One of the most versatile metals available on the market for wedding rings, sterling silver produces a beautiful finish in a wide array of looks from an oxidized black to a traditional chrome or satin finish. Sterling silver is also an excellent choice for those looking to save money in their wedding band selection process as this metal is far cheaper than other precious metal options on the market.

Titanium

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For those looking for a durable, yet highly lightweight metal for their wedding band, titanium is arguably the best available option for metals today. This material typically produces a beautiful silvery finish and is also hypoallergenic, making it a very popular option for many people. Unfortunately, this ring does scratch and show wear and tear easily, but can shine like new with a little polishing.

Tungsten

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One of the most popular options for wedding bands today, tungsten is a scratch resistant material, making it an excellent value for the durability and constant high end finish. Forged at an incredibly high temperature, tungsten is one of the strongest and most durable metals for a wedding band. One downside to the tungsten ring is that, due to the extreme durability, it is unable to be sized. If a ring becomes too large or too small, it will have to be sent out for a completely new ring. We have generous policies regarding size changes for tungsten rings.