If you’re getting ready to shop for wedding bands or rings and don’t know where to start, it’s time to discover the latest in stylish two-tone wedding bands. A two-tone wedding ring is the perfect way to combine two metals, in a stripe, a line, or with just a hint of color. Add a flare to a wide wedding ring or a delicate touch to a narrow wedding ring with a two-tone wedding ring design. The two colors are a perfect symbol of your union!
Shopping and buying two-tones are not as simple as purchasing rings made from only one metal, but that goes without saying. Using two or more metals to create your forever ring(s) has gained in popularity because they are now more intricate and well-designed.
Two-tone rings of yesteryear were inexpensive and mass-produced versus today’s creations that are delicately produced; many couples are deciding to wear their own custom-designed, unique wedding rings for women and men both.
Today, we’re spotlighting two-tones, to help you determine whether this genre is for you. There are critical decisions we’ll review that need to be made before and during the process starting with the most basic.
Two-Tone Gender Wedding Bands
Let’s clear this up right away. Wedding bands are typically unisex and can be worn by either or both genders. There are no distinguishable differences. Men tend to prefer wider width bands, yet there is nothing that says women can’t wear wide bands also. As with everything these days, it comes down to personal preference.
Two-tone Style Considerations
Pick your metal colors and have the two-tone wedding ring of your dream made to order in the size and width that suits you best. You can even create a completely unique diamond ring or band that uses mixed metals and precious stones. If you are open to purchasing a more custom-tailored ring, then definitely consult with a trusted, experienced jeweler who can show you the most efficient and effective way to get from concept to finished piece.
The Best Gold to Use
Not all metals mix well together, so the best precious metal choice for a two-tone wedding ring can be a little complicated if you don’t know what you are doing. Although many jewelers may steer you toward 18K gold, it is not the right choice for white gold. The best choice for white gold is 14K. If you’re going for a yellow gold finish then 18K is ideal. If rose gold is your preference, then either 14K or 18K will work.
Here is why: 18K gold contains more gold, therefore it radiates a warmer, gold tone. A 14K white gold ring contains more alloys and will appear to be whiter. Make sense? The lower carat is less expensive and more durable. The higher the gold content the softer the metal. For example, 24K gold is pure but very soft and can damage more easily than its 14K counterpart.
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What about Silver, Palladium, and Platinum?
If you desire a ring that appears to have the whitest white, white gold provides the broadest range of whites. Silver is whiter than palladium and platinum, the latter two being about equal. Some jewelers suggest plating a white gold wedding band with a rhodium white metal. However, it is not recommended for longevity, as the ring would need to be re-plated every few years, which makes it less cost-effective. Plus, it shows wear and tear as the plating wears down.
Mass Produced or Custom Made
If price is the biggest consideration, then shopping two-tone rings that are mass produced will provide the largest selection within your budget. However, if there is leeway in the expense then you will want to consider a custom-designed, two-tone wedding ring. An experienced jeweler will help you decide what will work within your vision and budget. Two-tone wedding rings are unique of their own accord. Add a few custom details and you’ve got a ring you’ll be proud to wear forever.