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Does The Wedding Ring Need To Be The Same Metal Type As Your Engagement Ring?

Engagement rings are usually given months or possibly even years before a wedding. When you choose the perfect ring, you are often considering what your future fiancé will love.

You may not consider that the metal and look of the engagement ring will also affect the wedding band that comes later. 

So, does the wedding band need to be the same metal type as your engagement ring...? If you choose a metal that you don’t particularly care for, you may find yourself trying to come up with a compromise later...

 

Arabel Lebrusan Bespoke Bridal Ring Set
Our Recommendation
We do recommend that your engagement ring and your wedding band be made of metals that have the same hardness. This is so that they do not scratch each other. For example, platinum is much harder than gold. If you place a gold engagement ring against a platinum wedding band, you’ll almost assuredly experience scratching on the gold ring.
 
If you have an engraved band, like our Hera Ethical Diamond Engagement Ring, featured below, you should stick with the same metal for the wedding band. A platinum wedding ring will rub the engraving on the gold engagement ring, making it wear down much faster. If you want your rings to last as long as possible, the same metal, or at least two metals of the same hardness, are preferred.

“A platinum wedding ring will rub the engraving on the gold engagement ring, making it wear down much faster”

Arabel Lebrusan Fairtrade Gold Engraved Bridal Ring Set

For easy reference, gold has a hardness level on the Mohs scale of around 2.5, depending on how many karats.

Platinum is a 3.5 on the Mohs scale.

Silver is a 2.5, making it a good choice for mixing with a gold ring.

White gold runs between a 2.8 and a 4, so you may be able to mix white gold with platinum if you are careful.

Tungsten is a 7.5.

Titanium is a 6.
 

Mixing Colors
Just because you can’t mix certain metals doesn’t mean you can’t get the stylish and unique look of mixed metals. Gold comes in many colours, making it easy to mix and match. You could wear an engagement ring in rose or yellow gold, and a classic white gold wedding band for an interesting change. 

In fact, this trend has been growing in the fashion world over the last two years. White gold and rose gold gold are near each other on the Mohs scale, and are a classic combination. Imagine a white gold ring reflecting the pinkish tones of a rose gold ring, with beautiful diamonds adorning both.

 “Yellow gold tends to look better on olive skin, where white gold or silver looks better on pinkish or pale skin”

This is a great way to come to a compromise if you and your fiancé have different tastes in metal. Perhaps one loves the way yellow gold looks, and the other prefers white gold. If you have different skin tones, this is a good way to compliment both. Yellow gold tends to look better on olive skin, where white gold or silver looks better on pinkish or pale skin. By mixing the colors of gold and certain recommended metals, you can create a wedding set that is as unique as you, and that will last as long as possible.

 
Good luck with the search, and if you need some inspiration come over to our Engagement Ring and Wedding ring pages! If you have enjoyed this article and you would like to learn more about ethical jewellery, please sign up to our monthly newsletter.  
Love, Arabel

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