Groom Ring Styles: Is Gold the Right Choice for You?

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There’s symbolic meaning behind the ritual of exchanging wedding bands. During ancient Egyptian times, wedding banks were made out of plants from the banks of the Nile River. Later, they were incorporated into Jewish and Christian nuptials. It was common for the groom to place a wedding band on the bride’s finger during the ceremony. In time, it also became common for the bride to give her groom a wedding band, as well, when he gets married.

So, what’s the symbolic meaning behind this wedding band ritual? Basically, the wedding band, which is in the shape of a circle, represents the symbol of eternity and infinity. It’s also believed that the wedding ring finger has a vein in it which leads directly to the heart of the bride/groom wearing it, bringing the romantic element to the ritual.

Choosing the Right Gold for the Groom’s Wedding Band

Then, there’s the choice of golds. Yes, there are other choices for wedding bands. But, plain gold is typically chosen for groom ring styles when “traditional” is the style of choice. Gold wedding bands are very common among grooms with active lifestyles. Why? Well, plain gold rings are very simply to keep clean. So, if you’re in the market for a gold wedding band, here are some tips to help you choose the best groom’s gold-style band for you.

Choosing the Karats of Your Gold Wedding Band

Pure 24K Gold is high quality, but it’s just way too soft to use when making wedding bands. The ring would break, dent, tear, tangle, etc… So, copper and nickel are typically mixed with the gold to make it stronger. Here’s how it works:

  • 24K is the purest gold available.
  • The numeral before the “K” is the amount out of those 24 Karats, which is still pure gold. So, the higher the karat, the better the quality, and higher the cost.
  • Gold experts consider 10K, 14K and 18K to be the three best, in terms of carats for wedding bands.
  • Professional wedding band specialists recommend 14K Gold as the most ideal for groom wedding ring styles. That’s because it’s less expensive than 18K. Yet, it doesn’t tarnish as quickly as 10K.

Choosing the Color of Your Gold Wedding Band

When most people think of the color of gold, only one comes to mind. However, when jewelers mix gold with other metals, this allows them to alter the color of the gold. The two most popularly used wedding band metals are yellow and white gold.

  • Yellow Gold – This is the natural shade of gold itself. Alloying yellow gold with silver and copper adds strength to it, making gold a great metal for jewelry. This is the most popular color shade gold on the market.
  • White Gold – Although the term is “white” gold, this metal is actually silver in color. It has the same properties as yellow gold, but the gold is mixed with copper, zinc, palladium alloy and/or a nickel alloy to get the “silver” color. White gold can also be plated with rhodium, a rare, platinum family member, or other whiter metal to enhance its look. This tends to enrich the natural beauty of white diamonds and other stones.

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