, Florida (PressExposure) March 18, 2009 -- In weddings, rings have been a customary object that symbolizes the joining of two people as one. A wedding ring or wedding band consists of a metal ring, generally on either the left or right ring finger. In certain countries it is worn on the base of the left ring finger. In other parts of the world, it is worn on the right ring finger.
In older times, the wedding rings- may it be gold, silver, and tungsten ring did not only signify a sign of love, but were also linked to the bestowal of 'earnest money'. According to the prayer book of Edward VI: after the words 'with this ring I thee wed' follow the words 'This gold and silver I give thee', at which point the groom was supposed to hand a leather purse filled with gold and silver coins to the bride.
Materials used to make wedding rings comprises of different alloys. To make wedding rings, jewellers most commonly use a precious yellow alloy of gold, hardened with copper and Silver or tin and bismuth . Platinum and white alloys of gold are also used, although the slightly yellow "white" gold alloys of the past have been largely replaced by a cheaper nickel-gold alloy, covered with a thin plating of rhodium which must be reapplied after some years of wear.
Titanium has recently become a popular material for wedding bands due to its durability, affordability, and gunmetal grey colour. Tungsten carbide are also used to make tungsten ring. Also, It is recently being used with gold or platinum inlays. The least expensive material in common use is nickel silver for those who prefer its appearance or cost.
Marrying couples are also beginning to use stainless steel which has the same durability as platinum or titanium and can accept a finer finish than the latter. Steel alloys are not used as often for a wedding ring because it is impossible to cut off in an emergency like precious metals can.
Silver, copper, brass and other cheaper metals do not occur as frequently because they corrode over time and thus do not convey a sense of permanence. The slight toxicity of Aluminium and tin and carcinogenic nature of lead make them unsuitable metals. Wood, Stone and Organic materials can also be used but are more decorative and much less durable than metal. So the usual wedding rings would be gold, platinum, titanuim and tungsten ring.