There was an almighty kerfuffle recently over choosing which precious metal to select for your wedding ring. From the reaction it seems that blokes are almighty metal snobs and have thought long and hard about what to put on their fingers.
Perhaps the point is that as the only piece of jewellery many of us wear it’s something we put a lot of time and thought into. Either that or we’ve all seen Lord of the Rings wayyyy too many times.
So to bring you up to speed I thought it might be nice to look at some of the less-well known ring materials.
Yes, really. A wooden wedding ring is an option for the green-minded groom. Either on its own or combined with other precious metals (such as gold or platinum), it’s possible to craft polished wood into a striking wedding band.
The downsides are it’s far more vulnerable to damage and destruction than a metal ring, it has no intrinsic value and is more difficult to keep clean.
What’s the damage (based on a standard 4mm N sized band)? For a white gold ring with an oak inlay – £481.55
As a member of the platinum family, Palladium shares many of the same properties as its prestigious relative. It’s bright white, very hard, but a fraction of the cost of platinum. The other main difference is that it’s much lighter in weight. Depending on your personal taste this can be an advantage or a disadvantage.
What’s the damage? £142.98
Yes, it’s what light bulb filaments are made from. But you can also make a very hard, durable and scratch-resistant ring from Tungsten. It’s not quite as glamorous as the other metals but it will retain the same appearance for years.
However, tungsten is difficult to resize. Also, in an emergency situation the only way to remove a tungsten ring hastily is to break it (or remove the whole finger!).
What’s the damage? £62.22
A flexible (quite literally) and versatile option. Haribo rings come in so many colour combinations that even the most flamboyant groom would find it hard to grumble. Cheap and sweet, you can stretch rings made from Haribo jelly to fit any finger too.
The downside – temptation. Eating your wedding ring could be the first step towards divorce!
What’s the damage? £1
Article by Andrew Shanahan