Gold wedding rings have become the order of the day and are fashionable. They signify commitment and fidelity, and were originally worn only by the woman, but now it has become common for both the bride and groom to wear the wedding rings. The solid gold band has become almost synonymous with a marriage ring. These simple bands continue to be popular in part because of the ease in maintaining them.
Gold is a naturally occurring metal. There are references to its symbolic significance in many cultures and religions. Perhaps one of the most common symbolic symbols is the gold marriage ring. In parts of France, a wedding ring consisting of three interwoven bands is very popular representing the Christian values of faith, hope, and love. In Greek culture, the puzzle rings – upon proper arrangement these form a single ring – traditionally represent a test of the woman’s monogamy.
It helps to know a bit about gold before you venture into buying a gold ring. As gold is considered to be a soft metal, it can lose shape easily. 24 karat gold is the purest form of metal and is more expensive.
For regular wear, a ring made from lower karat gold is advisable. 18 karat gold may be a good choice. It is made with 75% gold and 25% alloy, and this makes it stronger as well as less expensive. The most popular one however is the 14 karat gold ring and ideal for daily wear. It is pale yellow in color as compared to its purer versions.