Traditionally, metal choices for men’s wedding bands were 14k or 18k yellow or white gold. Today, options have expanded to include platinum and rose gold, and even materials like titanium, tungsten, and rubber.
White gold offers a bright white color while yellow gold provides more of a soft, warm glow and is often considered the most classic option. To achieve its pure white color, white gold is finished with a thin layer of rhodium plating, a member of the platinum family.
The third option in the gold family is the more modern rose gold, which creates a nice vintage effect and warming appeal. Contrary to the name, rose gold does not look feminine and actually looks great on many men. The pinkish hue is complementary to most skin tones, and since rose gold has been hugely popular for women’s engagement rings, it makes for an easy style tie-in if your partner’s ring is in rose gold. If you’re on the fence between yellow or rose gold, then 18k rose gold is the perfect blend of the two options.
Platinum is the strongest precious metal and thus will be the most durable metal option, able to withstand the rigors of daily wear. Platinum gets its strength from its density, and in practical terms, that translates to 66% more weight than 14k gold, giving platinum a solid and substantial heft.
The second most obvious difference between platinum and white gold is that platinum is naturally white, so it will stay the same color for life. On the other hand, white gold is naturally an off-white color and needs to be replated from time to time if your preference is for a cool, white color. And if you are considering stone settings (such as diamonds or sapphire accents) in your ring, then platinum really outperforms in this area because of its density and strength. We explain more about metal choice here.