The Advantages of Palladium Wedding Rings
It can sometimes be quite difficult for people to choose a style of wedding ring. It is unlike many other things that you will buy, as you will be wearing it for a very long time. When it comes to giving wedding ring advice, it is not so straightforward; people have different tastes and different fingers and will therefore have a preference for a certain style or a particular material in a wedding ring.
There are actually a number of different materials that you can choose from when it comes to wedding rings and some will sound more familiar than others. Almost everybody would be aware that wedding rings have been made of gold for many years. White gold has also come to be very popular as people find that it is easier to match with clothing and looks good on almost anybody. While gold is very traditional, it does come with certain drawbacks. For one thing, gold is very soft compared to other metals and will easily dent. Especially when you have 18k or 24k gold, you can put a dent in it with your teeth so you can imagine that in the course of daily use a gold ring may become damaged. Many people who go to purchase a white gold wedding ring will be surprised to find that it has to be plated with rhodium. If there are settings in the ring, they often also have to be made out of a different metal that is stronger.
Platinum is also a very popular metal for wedding rings. It looks beautiful, it is strong and the platinum wedding ring will last for a very long time. They have become much more common as people have realized the benefits. One of the difficulties in buying platinum is that it is very heavy and if you have a larger wedding ring you will probably notice the weight. There is also the concern about the cost; platinum wedding rings can become very expensive.
This brings many people to consider palladium wedding rings. Palladium is actually an element that is found in the platinum family. Platinum is also an element in the platinum family and has many similar characteristics to palladium, but there are differences. Palladium will show a very similar colour to platinum and in fact many people would not be able to discern the difference. It also has a beautiful lustre. The major difference that most people will notice is in the weight. This might not be important for some people, but if you are thinking of getting a larger wedding then it is something that you will want to consider. It is possible that a heavy wedding ring will slip off given some movements of the hand. Many people don’t realize that their hand can be a different size depending on the time of day or their body temperature and having a lighter ring might mean having one or a longer period of time!
Palladium has a number of benefits over white gold. White gold is much more likely to tarnish over time and people who have white gold wedding rings are going to find that they have to take it in every once in a while to get it re-plated. This is something that might not be factored into the cost of a ring when it is being purchased, but it will end up costing a lot of money over the years and a lot of hassle as well. Most people would prefer to have something that always looks good and doesn’t need so much attention. Another drawback to white gold is that it is often made as an alloy in rings. This means that it usually has substances like nickel in it and many people are allergic to nickel. Especially for men who may not have worn rings in the past, they might not even be aware of the fact that they are allergic to it. Palladium is hypoallergenic so it is often a safer bet to purchase a palladium wedding ring to begin with.
One of the big benefits to palladium is the cost. Despite the fact that it is so similar to platinum in terms of look and durability, it will cost substantially less than platinum. This is somewhat odd, because palladium is actually a very rare metal and there are about 40 times more gold in the world than there is palladium. Because it is so rare and it is currently not widely known, it is quite possible to imagine that palladium will get significantly more valuable in the coming years. It may represent a wise investment, particularly for something that you’re going to have for so long. It is also likely that the demand for palladium will increase substantially as the most popular rings now are not yellow gold but white gold and platinum. When people can now choose something that is going to have all of the benefits of platinum minus the heavy weight and high cost along with many benefits over white gold that it will be the metal of choice for many people who are purchasing rings.
If you have settled on palladium as the right material for a wedding ring, then the next big decision has to do with its shape or profile. There are four major variations; flat, court, flat-court and d-shaped. The flat profile is just as it sounds; it is flat both on the outside of the ring and the inside where it touches the skin. The advantage is that it is a very low profile design but some people find it uncomfortable. Court wedding rings are rounded both on the inside and the outside. Many people will choose these because they find them comfortable and the rounded inside is often referred to as a comfort fit. Flat-court rings give the advantage of a rounded inside for comfort and a flat look on the outside. D-shape rings are just the opposite and have a flat inside and rounded outside.
Now, with this information about the different materials and the different profiles that are available, hopefully it will make the final decision about what kind of wedding ring to choose much easier. It is after all, something that is going to be with you for very long time.