Choosing Materials for Wedding Bands

Wedding Band

Choosing Materials for Wedding Bands

Picking the "perfect" material and color is exciting but often a tough decision. While platinum has been an all-time favorite, some shades of gold have become increasingly popular.

MITUBACI handmade wedding rings celebrate individuality by providing the wearers with the freedom to choose what they like. Read on and find out which material suits you best when you sign up for our handmade wedding bands workshop.

Materials at a Glance

■ What materials are available for the handmade wedding bands workshop?

Our material selection comprises platinum and four shades of 18k gold: champagne gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and lime gold.

Discover and compare the properties of each metal to help you decide better!

Platinum

Platinum has a strong and beautiful shine and is well-loved by many. Its silvery-white hue complements the image of a wedding, and the durable metal does not fade or change color.
多くの結婚指輪に使われている素材です。
銀白色に輝くプラチナは、花嫁のイメージにぴったりですし、金属の性質としても変色しにくく、長く身に着けていく結婚指輪に向いています。

The component of platinum differs from store to store; some provide platinum800 while others platinum900. At MITUBACI, we offer platinum950. This means that the metal is made out of 95% platinum and 5% alloy (palladium, copper etc.,) to increase durability of the main metal so that the jewelry can last a lifetime.

プラチナ950という素材は、プラチナを95%使い、結婚指輪としてずっとつけていられるような強度を出すために、パラジウムや銅を混ぜて作っています。

If you have platinum allergy concerns, we can provide platinum999 metal instead, also regarded as pure platinum internationally.
国際的に純金属の表示を「999」と表示することと決められておりますが、純プラチナと考えていただいて問題ありません。

18k Gold

Wedding Band

普段使いしやすく、カラーも豊富なK18ゴールドの手作り結婚指輪。ヨーロッパでは圧倒的にゴールドの結婚指輪が人気です。

Gold wedding bands seemed to be more popular in Europe. MITUBACI 18k gold selection comes in various shades that are easy to match with everyday styles and great for stacking. While plain and shiny rings are beautiful, textured finishes are also unrivaled.
お手持ちのファッションジュエリーとの重ね付けもしやすいです。

(実際に私もゴールドの結婚指輪+小さな宝石やパールがついたリングの重ね付けが定番のスタイルになっています)

18k gold comprises 75% gold as its main component. The other 25% can be of different metal combinations to give the metal its unique color. For instance, MITUBACI's 18k yellow gold comprises:

例えばMITUBACIのイエローゴールドは

75% gold + 12.5% silver + 12.5% copper

Increasing the portion of copper and silver give us 18k rose gold and 18k lime gold, respectively.

As with other metals, 18k gold is more durable than pure gold. The alloy atoms mixed with the gold are of different sizes, making it more difficult for the layers to slide over one another, thus less malleable and more durable.

Champagne Gold

After many experiments, MITUBACI has formulated its original champagne gold that comes in a gender-neutral color, making it the most popular choice of all time.

MITUBACI's 18k champagne gold comprises gold, silver, copper, palladium, and zinc.

Yellow Gold

一般的にゴールドというとイメージするのは、イエローゴールドではないでしょうか。

When people mention gold, more often than not, yellow gold is the first shade of gold to come to mind. This is no surprise, as yellow gold has been prominent since ancient times. This shade of gold for wedding bands is still widely favored all over the world.
海外の結婚指輪でも人気の高い素材です。

MITUBACI's 18k yellow gold comprises gold, silver, and copper.

Rose Gold

This pinkish hue of gold suits the skin colors of many Japanese. This shade is also widely used in everyday fashion jewelry. As the color of rose gold differs across brands, we highly recommend trying it on before making your purchase.

ファッションリングでもよく使われており、お好きな方も多いのではないでしょうか。ピンクゴールドはブランドによって色味が異なるので、購入前に試着してみて、ご自身の肌との相性を確認してみてくださいね。

MITUBACI's 18k rose gold comprises gold, silver, and copper.

Lime Gold

Like our champagne gold, we experimented and formulated our original shade of lime gold.

Our 18k lime gold leaves quite an impression on people because of its unique greenish tint. We highly recommend the hammered texture with this color as it brings out the character of the lime gold.

MITUBACI's 18k lime gold comprises gold, silver, and copper.

View the different shades of gold here.でご覧いただけます。

Reasons We Don't Use 24k Gold or Pure Gold

24k gold, also known as pure gold, is softer and more malleable. It is not ideal for wedding bands as it is likely to go out of shape with frequent wearing. As many people have the intention to put on their wedding bands regularly, MITUBACI only offers more durable metal selections.

Others

Other than the metals mentioned above, it may be challenging for customers to handle different materials at our handmade wedding bands workshop. Nonetheless, we do work with silver and titanium for our other merchandise.

Titanium

Titanium is an alternative choice for people who have gold allergy. It is durable, lightweight, and resistant to rusting.

強度があり、軽く、錆びにくい金属です。

Silver

Silver is more affordable and offers versatility in design. However, as it is considered a soft metal, it may wear out quicker than other metals. In addition, silver is prone to tarnishing and darkens easily, thus require regular care and cleaning.

ただ、やわらかい金属のため、使用感が出やすかったり、空気に酸化する事で黒ずんでしまうため、お手入れに手間がかかります。

Things To Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Band Metal

Now that we have explored different metals available for wedding bands, here are some points that will help you narrow down your choice and find your perfect ring.

Does the Ring Color Suit My Skin Color?

Always try on rings in various colors as they leave different impressions when viewed on their own and worn. The look and feel of the color combination of the ring and your skin may surprise you.

肌の色味とリング素材の組み合わせによって雰囲気が変わりますので、合わせてみると意外な発見があるかもしれません。

Share Your Thoughts and Preference with Artisans

Whether they are concerns about allergy or your day-to-day lifestyle, please feel free to share with our artisans to provide their professional advice. If you are uncertain if you have any metal allergy or hypersensitivity, we can lend you test rings to find out.

ご希望にあった素材をおすすめさせていただきます。

アレルギーがご心配の方には、テストリングの貸出もございますので、お問合せください。

Seek Your Partner's Opinions

If you have little to no prior experience of wearing jewelry, it is always good to seek opinions from someone you trust and whom you think understands you well. Also, your partner may wish to have a matching ring in design and color, or they may not mind at all.

また、お相手の方は「二人でお揃いにしたい」など、希望があるかもしれませんので、一度事前に話し合ってみても良いかと思います。

Ring Textures and Surface Finishes

Textures are the surface finishes applied to rings. Let's take a look at how surface finishes changes the impressions of the rings below.

The ring on the left has a plain surface finish, while the one on the right has a hammered texture with matte finish. Both are platinum rings. However, they exude different vibes and the metal color also appeared different—the matte ring (right) looks whiter.

素材xテクスチャの組み合わせで見え方が変わってきますので、こちらも着用してみて確かめていただくのが一番良いかと思います。

たとえば、プラチナの指輪ですと、つや消しをした場合の方がより白っぽい見え方をします。

Even with the same material, the appearance differ across textures (the surface finishes).

The difference is more prominent with gold rings. Both rings have the same hammered texture, but the left has a matte finish and the right a polished finish.

Should Wedding Bands Be the Same?

The decision is up to the couple; some may prefer their wedding bands to look similar while others prefer to choose what they like and not necessarily be identical. Ultimately, we recommend you decide what you want best because the sentiments of the wearer matter most.

「結婚指輪らしいプラチナがいい」「肌に馴染みやすいゴールドがいい」考え方はそれぞれですよね。

パートナーがつけてくれない・・・という事がないよう、着ける本人の気に入ったリング素材にすることをオススメします。

その上で同じ素材を選ぶのも、お揃い感があってとても素敵です。

The trick to making a pair of wedding bands match is to share at least one same element—it could be color or texture.

Is Gold Ring Suitable for Men?

もちろん、男性の結婚指輪でもゴールドの素材を選んでOKです。

Yellow gold, often the first shade of gold that comes to mind, may appear to be "too loud in color" for some. Hence, we formulated our original champagne gold hue (a hue between platinum and yellow gold) for those who wish to opt for a subtler but still accented color on their finger.

Additionally, in a similar vein, rose gold, often thought to be favored by women, is sometimes chosen by men for its subtlety and compatibility with skin colors.

槌目模様をいれ表面にテクスチャを入れることにより、落ち着いて見えます。

To achieve a softer look of your gold ring, we advise opting for the hammered texture. If you wish to subdue the "loudness of the gold" but have a plain surface finish on your ring, we suggest keeping your ring width thin.

Read about our customers' experiences with gold rings from the handmade wedding bands workshop.

The Cost of Wedding Band Metals

いろいろな素材や仕上げのテクスチャの組み合わせを考えるのは楽しいですよね。そこで気になってくるのが素材による価格の違いです。

MITUBACI keeps the cost of gold and platinum the same. However, platinum may cost a bit more than gold at most places.

ですが、一般的にプラチナの方が+数千円~1万円程度値段があがることが多いようです。

Many of our customers start by sharing with us their preferred designs and or textures. From there, we discuss together how we can work towards their budget.

Metal Allergy

You may be worried about wearing wedding bands if you have known metal allergy or if you have experienced redness, itch, discomfort upon contact with metal. In general, platinum and titanium metals are hypoallergenic—less likely to cause an allergic reaction. People may misunderstand their allergic reaction to the metal compounds for the primary metal. For instance, one is not allergic to platinum, but the palladium compound mixed with the platinum (primary metal). If you have sensitive skin or have ever experienced allergic reactions to metals, please seek medical advice before purchasing your wedding rings.

In a Nutshell

いかがでしたでしょうか。

We hope we were able to address some questions and concerns you have about our handmade wedding bands. Please feel free to contact us for other inquiries you may have. We also hope to help you achieve your desired wedding bands for you to treasure for a lifetime.

お二人が末永く身につける手作りする結婚指輪、それぞれに合ったリング素材が見つかるよう、スタッフもお手伝いをいたしますので、お気軽にお問合せください!

Choosing Materials for Wedding Bands
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