Thursday, 1 October 2020

What Should Be Considered When Choosing A Ring? Material And Design.

Tips from the jewelry manufacturer. We asked the jeweler, master goldsmith and gemstone expert Andreas Abelite what to look out for when choosing wedding rings to ensure that they will give you a lifetime of pleasure.

The alloy quality is essential for the properties of the rings. The alloy should be homogeneous, have no cavities, but also be hard and elastic. Fine gold recycled according to the strictest environmental criteria (* Responsible Gold Guidance certified) is fair to nature and provides a clear starting point for production. Due to the above-average stress on wedding rings, it is important that the rings have a solid material thickness have and are well compressed. A loss of material occurs in addition to abrasion through wearing – the door handle is the great enemy of the ring – also through the freshening of the rings at the goldsmiths. It is therefore important that the material thickness is not selected too thin from the start. The rings should not bend even after years when lifting something heavy. Rings with a material thickness of 1.80 mm or more can be considered solid. The personal perception regarding the material thickness is quite different: 1.80 mm can be perceived as the maximum for some wearers. Others have no problem with 2.5 mm and more and appreciate the solid appearance of their rings that results from this. Whereby the perception of the material thickness in interaction with the profile, the width and surface quality are to be considered. A ring with an oval cross-section / profile with a material thickness of 2.2 mm feels quite different to a ring with a rectangular cross-section.

Rings with, for example, the measuring ring size 54, can fit you very differently! This depends on the width and the cross section of the ring. Is the ring made flat or cambered on the inside? All of this can lead to quite different levels of wearing comfort.

That is why our recommendation is to select rings on site at the jeweler or goldsmith and not to make the final decision online.

In addition to the design, the material – gold or platinum – is an essential question when choosing a wedding ring. What quality differences does the bride and groom need to be aware of?

In addition to choosing the right width, material thickness and profile / cross-section, the choice of the preferred precious metal also plays a major role. Here you should insist that you are only presented with rings made of real materials. Only these will give you a feeling for your future rings. Because in addition to the original color of the gold alloy, the weight also plays a role. Fake materials are not able to reveal the real feel and sensation to you. In addition, you must know that 14-carat gold feels different to 18-carat and again completely different from 950/000 platinum. Which brings us to the next topic: the material color.

White, yellow, or rose gold, platinum or a white or black rhodium-plated surface? Matte or shiny wedding rings, with or without stones? What options do bridal couples have when choosing their wedding rings?

It’s a question of personal style and preference.  To improve the properties of gold and to achieve different colors, silver, copper, or palladium, for example, are added. Nickel is no longer used as it is a common cause of allergies.

So which gold color should you choose for the wedding rings? Usually a personal preference is imprinted here through impressions and experiences and you choose a color intuitively. If this is the case for a couple in different ways, it would not be a problem at all. It is of course allowed, and is asked again and again, that the two partners choose a different gold color. Otherwise, the rings can harmonize very well in the design. If you are unsure about which gold color to choose for the moonstone wedding ring, some platforms give tips on how to type can determine in order to then determine the appropriate gold color. Cooler skin color (blue veins) for platinum and white gold or warmer skin tone (green veins) for yellow gold. Rose gold is the golden mean and subtle color. It is not for nothing that many luxury watches from renowned brands are made in this gold color.

If you prefer the color white, you should know that finally, white gold rings are usually surface coated with rhodium (rhodium is a platinum metal). Rhodium is hard, but the metal will rub off on doorknobs over time. The underlying, somewhat red-grayish white gold comes to light over time. For rings from our own manufacture, we offer the renewal of the rhodium as a free service.

Palladium-containing non-rhodium-plated white gold is greyish. If you like the color, then you have the advantage that the color is permanent. If you choose your rings in platinum, no rhodium is necessary, and the hue is almost as white as that of the rhodium!

* The abbreviation LBMA stands for London Bullion Market Association and denotes the organization that sets and controls global standards for trading in gold and silver. In addition to many other tasks, the LBMA in London also keeps a good delivery list that transparently lists all refiners who meet the standards, whereby the quality and origin of the precious metals can be reliably proven. 

 

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