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Wedding Rings: Do I Have to Buy Gold?

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Great news! You absolutely don't have to buy gold rings for an engagement or wedding band, and there may even be advantages to skipping the gold. Let's go through three of the choices of ring metals, along with the pros and cons.

1. Gold

Gold is a good choice for flexibility: it comes in white, yellow, and rose varieties, complementing a wide range of stones. It fits a mid-range price point, and can be a smaller carat to accommodate smaller wallets. However, gold is softer when compared to some other ring metals, and you may have to replace or repair the band over time.

2. Silver

Silver is great for low budgets, and looks great with most stones. It's also readily available, and can be made to be hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. However, silver is very soft and easily damaged, and will need proper care throughout its life. This might be a good choice for a ring you plan to upgrade to a sturdier metal later on.

3. Platinum

Platinum is a very sturdy metal that has a coloring to complement most stones. You probably won't need to replace the band in your lifetime! However, platinum is also pretty expensive, one of the most expensive ring metals that are generally available. If you have the money, it's a good bet that it'll last, but it may be heavy on the finger, as well.

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