The wedding band is almost as ancient as the custom of marriage itself. From as early as the second century B.C., a circle of gold has signified a life-long bond. The circular shape represents the love that flows from one to another without end and forever. Gold symbolizes the durability of that love. The ring is placed on the fourth finger of the left hand because people thought that this finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart. Today, wedding bands still symbolize the same vows of marriage. You can choose from hundreds of styles, from plain to intricately hand-engraved.
What Type of Gold is Best?
The designated gold mark on the inside of the band will tell you what type of gold is in the ring. Gold is alloyed with other stronger metals like silver and copper for durability. 18-karat gold is 75% fine gold. It has a yellower colour than 14K or 10K which contain lesser amounts of fine gold. 18K and 14K are the least likely to cause an adverse allergic reaction in the wearer.
The choice of gold is a matter of taste and budget; the higher the gold content, the higher the price. A common fallacy is that 18K gold is "soft." Alloyed properly, there is no difference in the strength of 18K over 10K or 14K.
Comfort is everything
Comfort is the other important consideration. Since you will be wearing it for a lifetime, the ring should fit comfortably. Rings can easily be sized to your finger for a customized fit. The Comfort-Curve ring style has a contoured inner surface to create an extra-smooth fit. The feel of weight in a ring is a personal preference. Wide-band designs are common in men's rings. Because of their larger size, they have a heavier feel that many people prefer. Whatever your choice, your wedding bands will reflect your individual taste and, like your love, will last a lifetime.
Our wedding bands are made by Cadman Manufacturing, who have been making wedding bands for Canadians for over 75 years. These rings are crafted from the highest quality gold which is alloyed in a time-honored tradition of craftsmanship. Most of our wedding bands are produced using a "seamless" method. Molten gold is poured into bars which are then rolled flat to create sheets from which circular pieces of gold are cut. These are then formed, one by one, into rings. With no seam, there is no weakness in the ring. With the purity of quality gold, there is no greater beauty.
When you buy a wedding band from Gold Star Jewellers, you buy a lifetime guarantee.
Titanium's unique properties make it an excellent choice for a wedding band, although it's very different than gold or platinum. It’s a very lightweight metal, almost like aluminum, weighing only 1/3 as much as gold! Many people prefer this light feel because they hardly notice they are wearing a titanium wedding ring at all! Its grayish color is close to white, but a few shades darker than platinum and white gold, more like the color of stainless steel, or gun-metal gray.
Titanium is often marketed as being scratch-resistant, but our experience shows that with normal wear, titanium wedding bands will quickly begin to show small scrapes and scratches just like gold and platinum wedding bands. Although titanium is a very hard and durable metal, it can still be scratched by abrasive materials like rocks, sandpaper, and even hardened steel tools and utensils. The good news is that Gold Star Jewellers are able to make your titanium ring look new again with a little polishing. Titanium rings look great and have a nice shine when they have been polished! Due to the incredible strength and durability of titanium, it is difficult to cut and shape compared to gold, silver and platinum. Because of this unique nature, re-sizing these titanium wedding rings is nearly impossible; therefore, great care must be taken when sizing your finger. It is possible to slightly increase a titanium ring's size by removing a small amount of material from the inside surface, but it isn't possible to make it smaller.
Titanium is not a rare or precious metal, it is readily available to those who want to use it in any industry. Most of the cost in making a titanium wedding ring is in the skilled labor to craft the ring from such a hard metal. All of our titanium wedding rings are made from high grade aircraft titanium to provide our customers the highest quality. Titanium wedding rings are constructed from solid bars of titanium, which results in a perfectly seamless ring. Titanium will not irritate or discolor your skin and will not harm the body in any way. Titanium is used in the medical and dental fields in surgical implants, bone screws, hip replacements, heart valves and more. Titanium wedding rings are superior in durability to precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum (as you might guess from its uses in the aerospace and medical fields). A Titanium ring may long outlive the wearer.
When you buy a Titanium wedding band from Gold Star Jewellers, you buy a lifetime guarantee.