Essex, Florida (PressExposure) May 22, 2009 -- Now that there is a wider collection of wedding rings to choose from, couples are finding it harder and harder to distinguish which wedding ring is best for them. For most couples, the main component of the ring matters a lot because they believe that it should adequately describe the relationship shared by the marrying couple. Should it have an endless shine to signify a comfortable life, or unmatched strength to symbolize unwavering loyalty that could endure a lifetime? Often times, couples have to go through the following types of rings in order to find the best one.
Yellow alloy such as gold has been the traditional material used for wedding rings in the past. The advantage of using gold is it can hold its lustrous shine for years. It's also known to be quite durable in its lower state. However, too much will jeopardize its quality. Keeping the carats at the minimum (14k-18k) would still provide a lustrous shine while maintaining its durability. Platinum
Platinum is one of the oldest materials used in wedding rings. It gained its popularity because of its luxurious white luster - a property it easily retains despite being significantly tougher than gold. However, even though platinum's familiar silvery-white luster for stands for years, platinum itself has been known to develop a hazy patina and loose its white color due to daily wear. White Gold
A combination of yellow alloy (gold) and one white element (rhodium, nickel, or palladium) produces white gold. What made white gold so popular is the fact that its color closely resembles that of platinum, even though it is not as expensive. Also, unlike platinum, white gold is not generally recognized for its toughness. In fact, white gold often loses its white luster faster than platinum. Tungsten Carbide
A newly introduced material, tungsten carbide rings quickly became popular as a man's wedding ring. Some of the features that made tungsten carbide rings very popular is its durability along with a lustrous dark hue that is often buffed to a mirror finish. Highly resistant to scratches and scuffs, tungsten carbide rings can hold its mirror-like shine for years. Palladium
Part of the platinum group of metals, palladium is known to share some of the key features found with platinum, including its natural white color. It is also lighter than platinum yet 12% harder. Similar to gold, palladium can be beaten into a thin leaf form. Unlike platinum, however, palladium may discolor at high soldering temperatures, become brittle with repeated heating and cooling, and react with strong acids.