Gold Wedding Bands: Not For The Indecisive IndividualIf you have your heart set on gold wedding bands, youve got several k...
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  1. 1. Gold Wedding Bands: Not For The Indecisive IndividualIf you have your heart set on gold wedding bands, youve got several key decisions to make. The firstone is about color. Most people choose between yellow and white gold wedding bands.Yellow gold wedding bands continues to be more popular than white gold wedding bands, which I findsurprising... I will openly share that I like white gold better than yellow gold... In my mind, it has amore contemporary look. The difference in color between yellow and white gold is determined by themetals used in the alloy mix. Yellow gold is made by combining pure gold with alloy metals such ascopper and zinc. White gold is comprised of an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silverand palladium. White gold rings are typically coated with another white metal called rhodium.Rhodium is a metal very similar to platinum and has many platinum properties.The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look more white. Unfortunately, the rhodium doeswear away eventually. This is a definite down-side to white gold rings--and for those of us who likeour possessions to be low maintenance. To keep a white gold ring looking like new, it should be re-plated approximately every year to year and a half. However, most local jewelers are able to rhodiumplate jewelry for a relatively low price. Now, that Ive had my white-gold engagement ring and weddingband for over a year, it really is time for me to seek out a local jeweler to get the rings re-plated.When comparing the price of the gold colors in the same carat, white gold is normally a little moreexpensive than yellow gold If you cant makeup your mind between yellow gold or white gold, dontsweat it. You can get a two-tone ring that combines both metals.The next major decision you must make is the number of karats in the gold wedding bands. So whatthe heck do karats measure? Pure gold has 24 karats and is the measurement unit in which goldpurity is evaluated. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase a wedding band made of 24 karats as gold atthis level is not strong enough to be used for jewelery. Alloys must be added in order to make goldstrong enough to be worn around your ring finger. Typically, you must choose between 14 K gold and18 K gold. 14 K gold is approximately 58% pure gold (you can do the math... 14 K divided by 24 K) 18K gold is approximately 75% pure gold ( 18 K divided by 24 K). So what is the difference? 18 K yellowgold has a somewhat deeper yellow color although it cant necessarily be distinguished from 14 K bythe naked eye. 14 K white gold and 18 K white gold have a similar white color (as normally both havea rhodium plating finish). As it is more pure, 18K is slightly softer than 14 K.... This may be somethingto consider if you do a lot of physical work with your hands. Also, another interesting factoid is that 14K is typically more popular than 18 K gold wedding bands amongst consumers in the U.S.Click Here to Find Out More About Amazing Handmade Copper Jewelry