Engagement rings are usually given months - sometimes even years - before being joined by a wedding ring. When you choose an engagement ring, you're probably considering what will look beautiful on your future fiancee-to-be's finger; what will complement the clothes she likes to wear and gain the approval of her mum and friends. What you might not consider, however, is that the metal and style of the engagement ring could restrict the possibilities of the wedding band that comes later.
CHOOSING THE METAL FOR YOUR WEDDING RING
"A platinum wedding ring will rub the engraving on the gold engagement ring, making it wear down much faster."
"We do recommend choosing metals that are of the same hardness."
This is so neither ring scratches the other. For example, platinum is much harder than gold. If you place a gold engagement ring against a platinum wedding band, it's almost guaranteed that the gold band will become heavily scratched.
“For easy reference, gold has a hardness level on the Mohs Scale of around 2.5, while platinum has 3.5”
If your gold engagement ring features an engraved band, like that of our Hera Ethical Diamond Engagement Ring
, you should definitely stick with the same metal for the wedding band - a platinum wedding ring would only rub away at that beautiful engraving. If you want your rings to last as long as possible, the same metal, or at least two metals of the same hardness, are necessary.
"Just because you can’t mix certain metals doesn’t mean you can’t get the stylish and unique look of mixed metals."
Gold comes in many colours, making it easy to mix and match. You could wear an engagement ring in rose or yellow gold
, and a classic white gold
wedding band for an interesting spin on the traditional.
In fact, this mix and match trend has been skyrocketed in recent years. White gold and rose gold gold are close to one another on the Mohs Scale, and complement one another beautifully. Imagine a delicate white gold ring reflecting the pink hues of a rose gold ring, with beautiful sparkling diamonds adorning both. See our collection of ETHICAL WEDDING RINGS for a little inspiration.
Combining metal colours is a great way to compromise if you and your fiancé have different tastes in metal. Perhaps one loves the way yellow gold complements their darker skin, whilst the other prefers the cool and contemporary appearance of white gold. By mixing gold colours you can create a wedding set that is as unique as you, and that will last as long as possible.
"Keep your bridal set to the same metals if possible. Mix and match gold colours as you wish!"
- Platinum is a 3.5
- Gold is 2.5
- Silver is a 2.5, making it a good choice for mixing with a gold ring
- White gold runs between a 2.8 and a 4, so you may be able to mix white gold with platinum if you are careful
- Tungsten is a 7.5
- Titanium is a 6
Good luck with the search!
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Love, Arabel & Team