1. Yellow or White Gold - this comes in either 10k, 14k, or 18k gold. 10k is the hardest form of gold while 18k gold has the highest gold content. 14k has often been cited as the favorite mix of both with price & durability.
2. Platinum - a very hard, rare and dense material that in the precious metals is probably the most durable and is naturally white in color.
3. Alternative Metals - a new thing on the market would be metals made from space age technology such as tungsten carbide, titanium, cobalt, black zirconium and many others. The benefits of each of these are that they're extremely durable and scratch resistant. Plus, unlike the gold & platinum wedding bands, the cost is usually under $250 making them a very attractive choice for rugged men and young couples on a budget.
Personally speaking, I've enjoyed wearing a titanium and 14k gold combination band for many years giving me the precious metal that I as a jeweler enjoy plus the durability of the new space age materials.
What is right for you? Of course, only you can make that decision. But, we would be glad to guide and assist you...stop by the Gold Mine, take your time, have fun and get the wedding band of his dreams!
Until Next Time,
Bill Warren, DDJ (Doctor of Dynamic Jewelry)