From the question above you know that 24k gold is not really suitable for your wedding band. Which gold karat should you choose? Well, there are 3 different karat gold combinations which have become the standard for wedding bands: 18K, 14K, and 10K.
18K Gold Band
Contains 25% alloy and 75% gold; have a brighter yellow tone.
14K Gold Band
Contains 41.7% alloy 58.3% gold; have a darker yellow-orange tone.
10K Gold Band
Contains 58.3% alloy and 41.7% gold; paler in color with a less yellow tone.
In short, in order to make gold jewelry that’s long lasting and durable, gold is mixed with other metals called alloys. These alloys make the gold stronger and even change it’s color if desired. The alloy may add strength, but it will also diminish the value and may even cause allergic reactions and/or tarnish. In order to try and achieve the best balance between the desirable and valuable properties of gold (including strength) the three standard gold combinations were created.
All three of the gold karats are available in yellow, white, and rose gold. Typically, white gold alloys are stronger than yellow gold alloys, so a white gold ring will be slightly stronger and last a little longer than a yellow gold ring.
With all the different options for men’s gold wedding bands available, make sure to choose the right karat grade to fit your budget, style, design and color — the possibilities of this wonderful metal are truly endless!