Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             24 January, 2021

Category:  Articles » Shopping » Jewelry Diamonds


Gold And Platinum Wedding Bands - Why The Price Difference?

         Views: 1531
2007-03-12 08:24:23     
Article by William Long

So what makes similar gold or platinum wedding rings vary so much in price?

We all know about a seller's markup, and that can be a big determination in how much a ring costs the buyer. But, did you know that there is a huge variation in the cost of a ring to the guy that you buy it from? You can spot those factors that determine the cost of making the ring, and then make your decision about who to buy it from. We will assume that you are purchasing a solid ring, not plated or "gold-filled", and that you are comparing similar metals. Of course, there is a increase in price as you move up from 10K to 14K and then to 18K gold, because the actual gold content goes up. Platinum has a similar situation--make sure you are comparing 950 platinum with 950, and not 900. The former is 95% platinum, the latter is 90% platinum--this can make a significant difference in cost!

One of the first considerations is the weight of the precious metal in the ring. Don't buy a ring from someone who does not give you the weight, in grams, of the ring! Otherwise, you cannot compare the raw material that makes up the bulk of the cost of the ring. After all, a platinum band that weighs 6 grams should cost considerably less than one that costs 9 grams! But, incredibly, many online and brick-and-mortar jewelry sellers do not disclose the weight of their wares. The weight of the ring is determined by the ring's width and the finger size, of course. But, there are also different styles of ring design which influence the amount of metal in a cross-section of the ring, and hence its weight. For instance, the traditional "half-round" wedding band is flat on the inside, like the inside of a pipe, and rounded on the outside; its cross-section, therefore, looks like an oval that has been cut in half across it widest dimension. Another style, the "comfort-fit" design, is likewise rounded on the outside of the ring, but the inside of the ring is also rounded, rather than flat. This makes its cross-section resemble an asymmetrical oval. Consequently, the comfort-fit design has a thicker cross-section, and thus contains more metal--it's heavier. Because of the rounded inside, the comfort-fit design is much easier to slide on and off the finger, since it passes over the knuckle more easily.

The next consideration is less obvious--you should consider the polish and the quality of the metalwork of the ring. Polishing a ring takes time and labor, so it adds to the cost. A ring with a mirror finish looks better on your wedding day! (even though the finish will become muted after only a few days of wear). But, more importantly, the metal should not be pitted, or contain any voids, either on the inside or outside of the ring. Pits are a sure sign of poor molding quality, and you can be sure that any ring that has pitted metal has been rejected by another supplier that has higher values!

If you purchase your wedding rings online, make sure the store has a satisfaction guarantee. Inspect your rings for flaws, and immediately return them if you find any problems. You should also check the assay markings to make sure, for instance, that you actually got a 950 platinum band, rather than 900! Happy shopping, and best of luck in your new life together!

William Long is the founder and president of The Viridian Gold Jewelry Store As an example of a half-round platinum band, check out our Platinum Half-Round Wedding Bands An example of a comfort-fit style would be our Yellow or White Gold Comfort Fit Light Wedding Bands Viridian was founded to provide online jewelry buyers with high-quality fine jewelry, supported with detailed information and specifications to enable an intelligent purchase.

Specialized in: Jewelry Store - Jewelry Stores - Jewlery Store - Jewelery - Jewelery Store - 14k Gold Jewelry - 14 Karat Gold - 925 Jewelry - Sterling Silver Jewelry - Gold Earrings - Jewelry Information - Pearl Earrings - Diamond Jewelry - Platinum Rings - Diamond Studs - Heart Pendants
URL: http://www.viridiangold.com
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
What things you should keep in mind when purchasing pearl necklaces (Popularity: ): Women love necklaces and there are different varieties to satisfy their preferences. There are certain necklaces that are always in style. These look classy and elegant but the greatest advantage is that these go perfectly with any attire. Here mention can be made of pearl necklaces which have always been a favourite with women irrespective of age, race or country. These can be great to gift to somebody during special ...
Tennis Bracelets and Stud Earrings - Elegant Pieces For Your Collection (Popularity: ): Perhaps the two most classical pieces of jewelry a woman could wear has got to be tennis bracelets and stud earrings. The former will dress up any outfit, as well as complete an elegant look. The latter literally can be worn with anything as a way to show off your great fashion sense. One of the best ways you can add these timeless pieces to your collection is by purchasing ...
Composition of a Diamond (Popularity: ): When diamonds are not located within a "kimberlite pipe," and excavated via a hard-rock or open pit mine, they are found in alluvial stream-beds.Diamond-bearing kimberlite is an ultrapotassic, ultramafic, igneous rock composed of garnet, olivine, phlogopite, and pyroxene, with a variety of trace minerals. Kimberlite occurs in the Earth's crust in vertical, upwardly-thrusting structures known as kimberlite pipes.The unique chemical and molecular structure of crystalline diamond is what gives this ...
Healing Abilities of the Lapis - Lazuli Gemstone (Popularity: ): 1. The luxuriant blue color of the Lapis gemstone has a significant effect with the forehead and the throat chakras. It is known as a stone of honesty, legitimacy, truth and comradeship. Apart from its affect on the forehead and throat chakras, Lapis is used for meditations and to bring about straight forward communication and sincerity.2. Neptune and Venus are the planets that are said to be connected to the ...
How to Create a Piece of Custom Jewelry (Popularity: ): If you are tossing around the idea of having a piece of custom jewelry created, there are a few things that you need to know first. One thing that you will want to know is that there are jewelers out there that will work with you but it will cost you if they have to do all of the design work.The design work is first done in wax, because jewelry ...

Related Business 
e- Wedding Bands (Popularity: ): Provides gold, diamond, platinum and titanium wedding bands.
The Wedding Ring Specialist (Popularity: ): The Wedding Ring Specialist create beautiful platinum, yellow gold and white gold mens and womens wedding bands for your special day. All our wedding rings come with a full UK hallmark and guarantee and we ensure great value and perfection every time.
Blackcarat Designer Wedding Bands (Popularity: ): Quality platinum, palladium and 18ct gold designer wedding bands at prices lower than the high street.
i Wedding Bands (Popularity: ): Presents platinum and gold bands.
Wedding Rings Direct (Popularity: ): Wedding ring specialists offering bands in 22ct, 18ct, 9ct gold and platinum.
Krikawa Jewelry Designs (Popularity: ): Designer wedding bands, diamond engagement rings and lockets using gold, platinum, mokume gane and white gold.
Wedding Ring Hotline (Popularity: ): Offers wedding bands and engagment rings in gold and platinum. Order via email, phone, or fax.
Novell Design Studio (Popularity: ): Manufacturer of customizable platinum and gold wedding wedding bands and engagement rings. Browse through the online catalog and locate nearest dealer.
Furthers.com (Popularity: ): Offers titanium wedding rings and bands with gold, platinum, and blue anodized inlays.
Audreys Wedding Rings and Engagement Bands (Popularity: ): Showcases handcrafted diamond engagement rings and bands. Styles feature platinum and white gold.