High-quality rings will have both a higher-quality base metal (like sterling silver, rather than something like copper) as well as a thicker coat of gold.
Gold plating uses the least amount of gold to coat the base metal. Gold filling is a bit different but generally has a thicker layer of gold. The downside is that both of these options can use lower-quality base metals like copper or brass.
Gold vermeil is regarded as the closest to fine jewelry and is sometimes called demi-fine. It’s made up of a sterling silver base coated with a thicker layer of gold.
One way to seriously cut a replacement ring’s cost is to have a synthetic gemstone like cubic zirconia. Like the precious metal alternatives above, replacing diamonds does not mean sacrificing quality or craftsmanship.
Cubic zirconia looks beautiful and is very reasonably priced.
Consider a silicone ring
A silicone wedding band is quickly becoming a popular alternative to a traditional wedding ring. Not only does it allow for a heap of customizability, but it’s generally affordable.
They will set you back far less than a traditional diamond ring, but a downside is in their unique appearance. Many people want their wedding rings to be elegant and fancy, while silicone bands are often more minimalistic and functional.
Tungsten is another affordable alternative that is growing in popularity. Traditional metals like gold and silver are expensive and also relatively fragile. Strength is where tungsten shines—it is a much harder metal, and it won’t break the bank.
Would you replace your wedding ring?
Whether or not you decide to replace your lost ring, remember what’s important: your commitment to a loving relationship.
It can be difficult and upsetting to realize you’ve lost your wedding or engagement ring, especially when you have to tell your partner about it. But it isn’t the end of the world, and with so many options available today, finding a replacement can be an exciting and romantic activity.