Alternative Wedding Ring MetalsWhen I got married, in 1985, wedding rings were simple.

Women got a yellow gold band with a big old diamond (usually round, maybe marquis) plunked in the middle. There might be a diamond or two (or four) added for embellishment on the side, perhaps channel set.

Men got a relatively simple gold band. It might have some brushing or other simple design.

I remember seeing my grandmother's platinum wedding band and thinking it wasn't nearly as pretty as yellow gold. And the way they set diamonds back in her day didn't set off the sparkle nearly as much as the more modern settings.

When my daughter got engaged, her fiancé had to special order her ring to accommodate her slim fingers. Not having kept up on wedding ring fashions, the process opened my eyes to all the new styles and designs.

While gold is still the most popular wedding ring metal worldwide, there are now myriad material choices. You can find:

  • yellow gold
  • white gold
  • rose gold
  • eco-gold
  • platinum
  • palladium
  • silver
  • mokume game
  • titanium
  • tungsten
  • stainless steel
  • ceramic
  • cobalt
  • meteorite

If you're in the market for a set of wedding rings, look at the pros and cons of each kind of metal before you decide. For example, if you're looking at a titanium ring design, understand that titanium is extremely durable for its weight and inexpensive, but it is still relatively soft and can scratch. Perhaps more importantly, titanium rings can't be resized, which is a particularly important consideration for rings with (hopefully!) long-term wear in mind.

You might also consider all these fabulous materials as you look for gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. A set of titanium bracelets would be a cherished gift for years to come.

With all the options available, you'll be able to find the perfect wedding rings for your happily ever after.