MA­TE­RIAL GIRL

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Akey fac­tor when choos­ing a wed­ding ring is the metal it’s made out of. For the bride, it is nor­mally de­ter­mined by what metal her en­gage­ment ring is.

GOLD

Prized since prehistoric times, gold is a re­li­able choice as it doesn’t rust, tar­nish or cor­rode. It also mixes well with other met­als. Wed­ding rings come in 9ct or 18ct gold which can be yel­low, white or rose-coloured, de­pend­ing on your per­sonal tastes.

Pure gold, which is 24 carat, is of­ten con­sid­ered to be too soft for jew­ellery and re­quires much more care.

An ideal choice for wed­ding rings is 18ct, which is 75 per cent pure gold and has a richer hue than 9ct (which is 37.5 per cent pure gold).

It also tends to re­tain its good looks bet­ter as it ages.

One thing to keep in mind is that to keep your white gold wed­ding ring look­ing beau­ti­ful, you’ll need to have it pe­ri­od­i­cally plated with rhodium (rhodium plated).

WHAT IS RHODIUM PLATING?

Rhodium, part of the plat­inum pre­cious metal group, is used to plate white gold be­cause it is daz­zlingly white and mir­ror-like, whereas white gold can be slightly grey in tone.

Rhodium is shiny and cool, al­most like chrome but even whiter.

It also acts as a pro­tec­tive coat­ing for your ring, en­hanc­ing its life span.

PLAT­INUM AND PAL­LA­DIUM

Two pop­u­lar choices for wed­ding rings are plat­inum and pal­la­dium, which re­quire rhodium plating.

Their nat­u­ral bril­liance makes them the per­fect choice for jew­ellery that lasts pretty much for­ever.

Pal­la­dium has be­come more pop­u­lar in re­cent times be­cause of its bud­get-friendly price tag.

TI­TA­NIUM

Ti­ta­nium rings have some unique prop­er­ties — they’re hypo-al­ler­genic, light­weight, cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant and strong enough to keep their shape, even when knocked about.

For this rea­son they’re a great choice for those with ac­tive life­styles who don’t want to worry about wear and tear.

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