Yellow gold is the most popular choice for men’s and ladies wedding rings. It is an attractive and highly sought after bright yellow precious metal and is the most malleable and ductile pure metal known.
9ct Yellow Gold
The main consideration when choosing your yellow gold wedding ring is the carat. The carat is the gold content of the wedding ring and it measures the proportion of pure gold mixed with other metal alloy to make up the final band. Pure gold is soft, so when used in jewellery it is alloyed with base metals to make it harder. Gold with lower a lower carat contains higher percentages of copper, silver or palladium. The carat of gold is represented by the abbreviation ct and the gold carats normally used in men's and ladies wedding rings is 9ct, 14ct and 18ct. 9ct gold contains 37.5% pure gold and has a lower gold content than 18ct yellow gold and is therefore a cheaper and more affordable alternative. Jewellery is normally stamped with a marking to show the gold content. There is another difference to be considered when comparing 9ct and 18ct yellow gold. 9ct yellow gold is more difficult to bend and is a little more springy however, neither a 9ct yellow gold ring or an 18ct yellow gold ring will be likely to bend out of shape if the wedding ring is of a good sturdy construction. There can be a difference in colour between the different carats of gold. 18ct yellow gold wedding rings are more yellow than 9ct yellow gold wedding rings with 18ct yellow gold having a richer golden colour.
The Appeal of Yellow Gold
So why has yellow gold got such an everlasting, universal appeal? Yellow gold is durable, the amount of gold jewellery, coins and artefacts from ancient cultures on display in the world's museums is a testament to gold's enduring beauty. Yellow gold is pure so it maintains its lustre without oxidizing in air or water and is resistant to tarnish. These properties have helped make gold bullion such a valuable commodity. Yellow gold is extremely malleable and so easy to work with that a single ounce can be drawn out into an unbroken strand approximately 60 miles long. And finally, yellow gold is extremely rare - It is estimated that all the gold ever mined would fit underneath the Eiffel Tower and it takes several tones of ore to produce just one ounce of gold. Three quarters of the world's gold mined each year is used to make jewellery and its permanence has made it a symbol of enduring love and heritage with pieces being passed down from generation to generation.
The Meaning of Wedding Rings
Since ancient times, marriages have been symbolised by the wearing of a ring. Usually worn by the wife, they were given as a token of possession. Rather than symbolising a man possessing a woman, it is the woman's possession of something valuable given by the man. A wedding ring symbolises eternity, endlessness, and something that cannot be broken. Wedding rings are given as a token of unending love for each other and wherever you are in the world, the custom of exchanging rings remains same. Wedding rings are most commonly worn on the third finger of the left hand. Some suggest that this is because the Romans believed that a vein ran directly from this finger to the heart. Another theory for this tradition is that each finger on the hand is associated with a planet in the ancient systems of astrology, and the ring finger of the left hand was associated with the Sun. The wedding ring is a visible sign that a married couple are committed to one another and the unbroken circle is an age old symbol of eternity. It is easy to see why such an ancient symbol should be incorporated into a wedding ceremony, when everlasting love is the hope of the couple.
9ct Yellow Gold Bands by the Wedding Ring Specialist
Why not browse our extensive range of 9ct gold wedding rings. We have four different band profiles to select from and in a variety of weights and widths. Customer service is always a priority so if you are in any way dissatisfied we offer a 28 day money back guarantee. Feel free to contact us either by email or telephone if you have any questions you would like to ask, if there is something you would like but cannot see on our website or if you are unsure of anything. Buying online could not be simpler and we aim to keep our prices cheaper than our competition and more affordable for you. All weights are quoted and VAT is included in the price so there are no hidden extras to pay for. We keep our rings cheap because we have don't have the overheads of high street jewellers and not because our wedding rings are of a lower quality. Be sure to protect your gold jewellery by storing it safely in a jewellery box or keeping it wrapped in a soft cloth when not being worn. All our jewellery is sent out in a beautiful presentation box and it will arrive safely with you in three to seven days.