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The Ultimate Guide to Gold Wedding Bands

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Nothing is more classic than a gold wedding band, much like a diamond solitaire engagement ring. Gold bands have been worn on wedding sets and ring fingers for centuries as a symbol of eternal love and promise. It's a classic choice for any bride or groom because you can personalize it with a variety of sizes, styles, etchings, and engravings. Simply put, the traditional gold wedding band is timeless.

Exchanging rings to symbolize love and devotion has been a tradition for thousands of years, but gold bands (arguably the most popular band style in history) hit their stride during the Victorian era (1830-1899). During the Victorian era, mass-production of jewelry really took off. Using a lower percentage of gold—nine or ten karat gold—made it much more affordable and accessible to the general public. Wedding bands and engagement rings have become the norm at wedding ceremonies.

Pros and Cons of Gold Bands

Gold, like a little black dress, goes with everything and is extremely versatile. Almost any gemstone looks great with a classic gold band. A classic gold band in your collection is the ideal alternative solution to wear alone when traveling or with a softer gemstone engagement ring such as morganite, opal, or emerald gemstone rings. Because of their weakness, those particular gemstones are easily damaged. A gold band that you can wear all of the time is the ideal solution.

Many setting styles work with the classic gold band, which Thies describes as a "staple in anyone's collection," so the sky is truly the limit for your unique ring stack or vibe.

However, if the idea of wearing a vintage ring appeals to you, there are a few details to consider. You want to make sure they have a long enough lifespan for daily use. Look for signs of wear and tear. Pitting and thinning are two obvious signs that the gold is deteriorating. Bands that are thin and worn can crack and break.

What to Look for in a Gold Band

  • What type of gold should I get?

    The "American standard" for gold is 14K, while the European standard is 18K. "Because it contains a higher percentage of gold, 18K yellow gold is richer in color and considered of higher quality." Thies recommends 14K or 18K gold for an everyday ring with optimal strength and durability because 20K, 22K, and 24K gold are softer and will bend and form to the finger.

  • Should I get a solid gold band or a hollow gold band?

    Solid gold is essential for a long-lasting piece of jewelry. When shopping for a gold band, make sure it is solid rather than hollow. The purity of the gold will also indicate the level of quality.

  • What is the price of a 14K solid gold ring?

    A quality 14K solid gold yellow band will cost around $400 and will increase in price depending on the width and size, though there are options to suit any budget available both online and in-store. If you want to go that route for your ring, many direct-to-consumer jewelry sites offer classic gold bands at extremely accessible and affordable price points.

  • Are gold bands genderless?

    Classic gold bands are unisex and can be worn in a variety of ways. They can also be resized to fit a smaller size if you fall in love with a men's ring. Their versatility also allows you to design a wedding set that reflects your personal style and allows you to experiment with new trends.

  • What types of engagement rings look best with gold bands?

    We are currently seeing a trend of wider gold wedding bands paired with traditional style engagement rings—for example, a classic 5mm men's wedding band paired with a traditional diamond solitaire. It has an unexpected and one-of-a-kind quality to it. We adore unusual pairings!

How to Take Care of a Gold Band

Gold is also very durable and does not tarnish, making it an excellent choice for any lifestyle. Your gold band can be worn all day, every day, though Thies advises removing any gemstone rings before working out, gardening, or doing other strenuous activities. Soak your gold band in a solution of gentle dish soap and warm water to clean it. It's a fantastic option for anyone, especially if you want to wear your ring all the time and don't want to deal with daily maintenance.

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